|Board of Trustees
Sean O ’Sullivan ’85
Co-founder and Managing Director
Sean O’Sullivan has founded several technology companies and organizations, including MapInfo, a $200 million software and services business headquartered in New York State.
While earning his electrical engineering degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic, he and three other students founded MapInfo, now the world’s leading provider of “location intelligence” (i.e., computerized mapping) solutions.
After seven years as MapInfo’s president, O’Sullivan left to start a rock band. Music was just one of his passions. He went on to launch other technology companies, start a venture capital fund that has backed over 60 companies, earn his master’s degree in film production, and create a handful of independent films.
In 2003 O’Sullivan founded JumpStart International, a nongovernmental humanitarian organization, with a vision to empower Iraqis through employment projects rebuilding the country.
O’Sullivan established one of his newest ventures, Avego Ltd., in Kinsale, Ireland. Avego is a small technology firm with offices in Ireland, China, and the United States. He is also managing director of SOSventures International, an investment management operation. His first internet company, NetCentric, pioneered many concepts in internet computing, As part of this venture, he became known as the co-creator of the term “cloud computing."
O’Sullivan has served on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Software Council, net.Genesis, MapInfo, and other private technology companies. He is also founder and chairman of the O’Sullivan Foundation, which since 2003 has given millions of dollars annually to a variety of causes dedicated to economic development and empowerment.
Sean met his wife Tish Durkin, a foreign news correspondent and Irish citizen, while living in Iraq. He now lives in Kinsale with his wife and two children.