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  • Founder & Chairman2006 to presentSan Francisco, California
  • Founding President2004 to presentPalo Alto, California
    anti-imperialist avenger, product designer, diplomat
  • Founder (company)June 1999 to presentSan Mateo, California
  • DirectorStockholm, Sweden
  • Founder & Executive ChairmanSan Francisco, California
  • Executive General Partner
  • Founder (company)Mountain View, California
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About Sean
  • Back in SF.

    The thing about me living in New York City is an urban legend (no pun intended).

    I wish it were true.

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    I am first and foremost a twisted half-breed: a rational-aesthete...an apollonian-dionysian.

    A girl named Nina once remarked of me, "I can't tell if you're animal or machine." This would have hurt, if I were human. Luckily I'm a chinese hamster that has been fitted with an experimental math co-processor, wetwired into my brain by Ray Kurzweil. I also have an empathy chip.

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    I'm the founding president of Facebook. Prior to that i was unceremoniously ousted from my last company, Plaxo, which you've probably never heard of.

    And long before plaxo, in days of yore, I co-founded a company called Napster which you probably have heard of.

    I'm a stimulation junkie. I've had the privilege of realizing a few dreams, making me a "requited dreamer." consequently, I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real.

    I'm one of the most well adjusted tortured souls you'll ever meet.

    "All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." -T.E. Lawrence

    I'm on the lookout for kindred spirits, such as: broad minded, compassionate, life-affirming, and humanistic thinkers, soul seekers, and philosopher kings and queens.
Favorite Quotes
  • "Privacy is the new celebrity."

    "Full of high-sentence but a bit obtuse." -Eliot

    "If throughout your life you abstain from murder, theft, fornication, perjury, blasphemy, and disrespect toward your parents, church, and your king, you are conventionally held to deserve moral admiration even if you have never done a single kind, generous or useful action. This very inadequate notion of virtue is an outcome of taboo morality, and has done untold harm." -Bertrand Russell

    "Tomorrow the world may burst into fragments. In that threat hanging over our heads there is a lesson of truth. As we face such a future, hierarchies, titles, honors are reduced to what they are in reality: a passing puff of smoke. And the only certainty left to us is that of naked suffering, common to all, intermingling its roots with those of a stubborn hope." -Albert Camus

    "...what Heidegger called the hope for authenticity—the hope to be one’s own person rather than merely the creation of one’s education or one’s environment. As Heidegger emphasized, to achieve authenticity in this sense is not necessarily to reject one’s past. It may instead be a matter of reinterpreting that past so as to make it more suitable for one’s own purposes. What matters is to have seen one or more alternatives to the purposes that most people take for granted, and to have chosen among these alternatives--thereby, in some measure, creating yourself. As Harold Bloom has recently reminded us, the point of reading a great many books is to become aware of a great number of alternative purposes, and the point of that is to become an autonomous self." -Richard Rorty

    "For there is one belief, one faith, that is man's glory, his triumph, his immortality--and that is his belief in life." -Thomas Wolfe

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