Sean Foote

Lecturer (Continuing), Haas School of Business
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Sean Foote is a managing director and provides investment experience, consulting to corporations, and professorial experience to Cantato.

Mr. Foote has been a venture capitalist investing in early-stage companies for the past 15 years, most recently as co-founder and Managing Director of Co=Creation=Capital. He advises corporations on establishing and managing their Corporate Venture Capital businesses.

His prior firm, Labrador Ventures, invested in more than 100 companies across 5 funds, including Hotmail, Pandora, and RocketFuel. Labrador Ventures was an early stage technology venture capital firm, investing alongside NEA, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Greylock to name a few. Mr. Foote began his venture career at Scripps Ventures, the Corporate Venture Capital arm of the E.W. Scripps corporation.

Before venture investing, Mr. Foote was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group, working in a wide range of industries such as telecom, computers, healthcare, banking, and automotive on topics ranging from strategic alliances to internet strategies. Mr. Foote also worked as a systems engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories, developing artificial intelligence systems for testing the most complicated telecommunications networks.

Mr. Foote is in his 17th year on the professional faculty of University of California’s Haas School of Business where he teaches venture capital and private equity at the University of California’s Haas School of Business. He has taught a course in impact investing at Stanford University and at Haas, with a real-time simulcast to up to 100 business school campuses around the country. He has written and published cases on venture capital and microfinance.

Mr. Foote received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri Rolla (1988), and his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business (1993), where he received the Shermett Award granted to the top 3% of students.

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