Sean advises Clean Energy and Cybersecurity companies on M&A and strategic financing transactions. He brings over 25 years of expertise in investment banking and venture capital to Woodside Capital Partners.
Prior to joining WCP, Sean’s successful personal investments in private companies, such as the first check into OpenTable.com (acq: PCLN) and profiting on ProClarity (acq: MSFT), led to his shift to venture capital, raising his first fund, Sunflower Capital Partners, in 2000. Sean followed this first fund with two more funds under Clean Pacific Ventures from 2005-2020. Clean Pacific focused exclusively on alternative energy, agriculture and water. Successful outcomes from the combination of funds include CallTower (shareholder buyout), USBX (acq: Imperial Capital); Marrone Bio Innovations (NASDAQ: MBII), AquaCue (acq: BMI) and AquaGenesis (acq: Kemflo). Sean has been a director on 17 boards of directors over the last 20 years at various stages of development. He has also advised in several companies in the clean energy, energy efficiency, Agtech, EV/mobility, cybersecurity and SaaS sectors in the last several years.
He mentored several companies as a member of the Investor Advisory Board of the Energy Excelerator (now Elemental Excelerator), and has guest lectured at Haas Business School and Stanford. Sean is also a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School.
Sean began his career at Merrill Lynch investment banking with the utilities, financial institutions and corporate banking groups. He then moved to Montgomery Securities where he covered auto services and was appointed Managing Director. He earned a B.A. in English at Brigham Young University as well as a J.D. and M.B.A. from Duke University.
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