Sean Ellis (entrepreneur)

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Sean Ellis
Education University of California, Davis
Occupation Entrepreneur
Known for Qualaroo, LogMeIn, Dropbox
Home town Newport Beach, California

Sean Ellis is an entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup advisor. He is the CEO of GrowthHackers - which he founded alongside Everette Taylor[1] - and was previously founder and CEO of Qualaroo. He is also known for popularizing the term product/market fit, and coining the term growth hacking with Hiten Shah and Patrick Vlaskovits in 2010.[2][3]

He attended the University of California, Davis and graduated in 1994.[4]


Ellis was the head of marketing at LogMeIn and Uproar from launch to IPO. He was the first marketer at Dropbox, Lookout and Xobni.[5][6] [7]

He is an advisor to KISSmetrics and Eventbrite, mentor at 500 Startups, and a Board Member for Mavenlink and SignNow (acquired by Barracuda Networks).[8][9][10][11] He also is an investor in Bitium.[12]

Ellis is a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine and The Wall Street Journal [10][13]


Originally CatchFree, Ellis founded the company in 2010. He raised $5,500,000 from Index Ventures, First Round Capital, True Ventures, Polaris, and 500 Startups.[14] In June 2012, he acquired KISSinsights and changed the company name to Qualaroo.[15] Qualaroo is a behavioral insight survey software on both the web and mobile with clients including, Intuit, Groupon, Shopify, WordPress, Logitech, and U.S. News & World Report.[5][16] Qualaroo was acquired by Xenon Ventures in March 2016, freeing Ellis and his team to focus on GrowthHackers. GrowthHackers is an online community and a software as a service (SaaS) that enables teams to manage the growth experimentation process. GrowthHackers is located in Orange County, California.[16]


  1. ^ "Everette Taylor of Growth Hackers On Going From Homeless To Forbes 30 Under 30". Growth Hackers Official Website. December 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Ginn, Aaron (September 2, 2012). "Defining A Growth Hacker: Three Common Characteristics". TechCrunch. 
  3. ^ Holiday, Ryan (July 8, 2013). "The Secret That Defines Marketing Now". Fast Company. 
  4. ^ Borrison, Rebecca (June 17, 2014). "The Most Successful College Fraternities In Tech". Business Insider. 
  5. ^ a b Carney, Michael (May 23, 2013). "Original "growth hacker" Sean Ellis' Qualaroo hacks the marketing conversion funnel". Pando. 
  6. ^ Holiday, Ryan (September 4, 2013). "What Is Growth Hacking? A Definition and a Call to Action". The Huffington Post. 
  7. ^ Oshiro, Dana (March 3, 2010). "How to Prepare for Conversion and Optimization". ReadWriteWeb. 
  8. ^ Norman, Jan (March 14, 2012). "O.C. mobile apps developer raises $2 million". OC Register. 
  9. ^ Kincaid, Jason (July 22, 2010). "KISSmetrics: A Conversion Funnel Tool That Gives Your Site A Memory". TechCrunch. 
  10. ^ a b Ellis, Sean (February 28, 2013). "Freemium Isn't for Everyone". Wall Street Journal. 
  11. ^ "Eventbrite Investors". Eventbrite. 
  12. ^ Ellis, Sean (April 17, 2013). "Bitium raises $2.4 million as it launches a SaaS operating system for the enterprise". TheNextWeb. 
  13. ^ "Author Profile: Sean Ellis". Entrepreneur. 
  14. ^ Wauters, Robin (May 24, 2011). "CatchFree Wants To Become The Hub Of The 'Freemium' Ecosystem". TechCrunch. 
  15. ^ Perez, Sarah (June 14, 2012). "Software Comparison Service CatchFree Acquires KISSinsights, Shifts Focus To Real-Time Customer Feedback". TechCrunch. 
  16. ^ a b Carney, Michael (September 17, 2013). "Qualaroo delivers marketer and funnel conversion insights with its new mobile Web survey tool". Pando. 

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