Sean on Air
Sean in the News
+ Sits on the board of iPipeline, G5 Search Marketing, EnterpriseDB, Visual IQ, Velocify, and The Resumator while is also actively involved with GlobalTranz, MFG.com and Vibes Media
+ Can quote almost any sports statistic
+ Focused on mid-market buyouts and growth equity investments in the software, healthcare and financial services sectors while at Summit Partners from 2001 - 2004
"The numbers need to talk to you."
Sean learned this lesson beginning at age 11 when he would check the sports page box scores at 6 am before delivering newspapers on his morning paper route. Why do certain players with great numbers never play for a winning team? Is the player with the best statistics the most valuable? What role does the schedule play? Why are certain players considered good in the clutch?
Growing up a sports fanatic in Allentown, PA, Sean often debated these topics with friends, relatives, or anyone else willing to discuss sports trivia. He competed in sports, collected baseball cards, and participated in fantasy leagues. Sports have always been a big part of his life and he dreamed as a child of becoming a professional sports franchise general manager. Over the years he began to appreciate that the “numbers do talk to you” and they begin to explain the difference between winners and losers.
That is why he chose to pursue a finance degree at Notre Dame and later an MBA at Harvard Business School. Evaluating a Balance Sheet or Income Statement calls upon similar analytical skills. Understanding competition, teamwork, talent, playing well under pressure, and an intense desire to win helps to explain what drives those numbers - it's as true for building a professional sports franchise as it is for building a winning company.
Picking winners and losers is not all science nor is it all intuition. The key is understanding how to blend them together and figure out how to make “the numbers talk to you”.
Do we have the right product to win in the marketplace? How can we accelerate growth while driving improved margins? Sean enjoys working with his portfolio companies to help management teams answer these questions.
Outside of work, Sean resides in Needham, MA with his wife and three young daughters and spends some of his free time coaching youth soccer.