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
Website www.startup-marketing.com

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]

Career[edit]

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]

GrowthHackers[edit]

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 Amazon.com, 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]

References[edit]

  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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