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Sean O ’Sullivan ’85 Named Entrepreneur of the Year
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Sean O'Sullivan ’73

Sean O’Sullivan ’85, co-founder and managing director of the Avego Corporation, has been named the 2011 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year. Avego is a world-leading company in transport technology that introduced the Avego real-time ride-sharing iPhone application in 2008, as well as Futurefleet, an end-to-end, real-time management system for passenger transport operators.

O’Sullivan, who also serves as managing director of SOSventures, a venture capital and investment management company, was founder of MapInfo, the $200 million desktop mapping company, and established the humanitarian organization JumpStart International to help Iraqis rebuild their war-torn country.

O’Sullivan is also founder and chairman of the O’Sullivan Foundation, which supports a variety of causes dedicated to economic development and empowerment. At Rensselaer, he founded the Center for Open Software, and created the “Change the World” Challenge, which generates ideas, awards scholarships, and sponsors patent applications for students.

The William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes successful entrepreneurs and role models who share their wisdom and experiences with their students. O’Sullivan was honored at an event held on campus Oct. 21.

“I think entrepreneurial activity is very much about trying to create some good in the world, and creating and improving the quality of life for people,” he said in his keynote address.

“Sean O’Sullivan’s triumphs are an inspiration to current students,” says Thomas Begley, dean of the Lally School of Management & Technology. “Just as valuable is his open discussion of the tribulations he encountered, which serve as vital lessons on the importance of persistence in the face of adversity.”
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