Sean Ammirati, Partner
Sean is an entrepreneur with experience building and selling businesses in the media and software industries. Most recently Sean was COO of ReadWriteWeb, one of the most influential sites about the future of technology and innovation. In December 2011, the company was acquired by SAY Media to strengthen its technology channel. Sean was previously co-founder and CEO of mSpoke, which was the first acquisition of LinkedIn. Sean is an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School. He also was a founding advisor to Innovation Works’ AlphaLab accelerator. He holds a B.S. in computer information systems from Grove City College and was a research fellow at Carnegie Mellon’s Sloan Software Industry Center.
Since 1996 Birchmere Ventures has consistently generated first-quartile returns investing in strongly IP-differentiated companies addressing engineering-heavy problem spaces in such sectors as cleantech, medical devices, and technology. Birchmere has been recognized by Preqin as being among the highest-performing venture groups in the industry for well over a decade. For Birchmere Labs, the Birchmere Ventures investment platform provides investment partners’ strategic advice as well as operational support.
A unique resource of Birchmere Labs is its strategic partnership with Ogden Newspapers, a diversified media corporation that publishes over 50 newspapers, magazines, and shopper supplements in 12 states across the country. These media properties provide distribution opportunities and communities for early customer interactions.