A Builder, Humanizing Technology

Biography

Sean’s early career was spent consulting to the Boards of the largest companies in the world. He designed incentive systems tied to financial and operational performance that rewards behaviors for both senior executives and employees.

Since then, he has founded 4 companies and advised many others on how to humanize products that help people.

More recently, he has conceptualized, designed, developed, and marketed four iPhone apps, a game mechanics system for a social media advertising startup, written the story of the most interesting cow in the world, and developed a cultural system that makes slavery in your career obsolete.

He’s a futurist who’s love of mathematical simplicity is only matched by his fascination of art with layered meaning. He believes in the power of finding your dreams and the freedom of living them, so you too can experience what it’s like to never work a day in your life.

Sean has an Bachelors of Science in Mathematics & Actuarial Science from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, which he will be paying off for many, many, many years.

The work below represents just a few of the things he's helped bring to life during the last few years.

Technical Expertise

ADAM & LUNA

Adam & Luna is a family of artists and engineers building products and offering services for real and fictional stories.

PLYFE

Plyfe is a game for your social media activity that rewards you with real stuff. We raised $1 million in seed capital in early 2012.

IPHONE APPS

The best apps are the ones you only need to open once, what I call Invisible Software.

WEB APPS

I love the iPhone and I believe it creates the best user experience, but the web is easier for the entire world's population to access (and not as expensive). Now if we can only make apps for the web easier to build.

ANIMATION

I'm fortunate enough to work with two of the world's best storytellers, a Storyboard Artist who breathed life into the highest grossing animated films of all time (think billions) and a Concept Artist who's work has appeared at Disney, Warner Bros, Nickelodeon, and 50+ other studios. They're able to tell a story without words and make ideas stick.

BRANDING

Whether it's for logos, print advertisements, offering memorandums, or flyers for events, it all comes down to core principles: what's the story?

PRINT DESIGN

I've had the special opportunity to work for some of the world's greatest professional athletes. Below is just a tiny sample of some of that work.

HTML EMAILS

Email is the first, broadest, and still king of social networking. It's saddens the soul that more companies don't take cues from Apple's elegant email designs.

ART

Some artwork I put together to boil down complex topics into simple things or to connect with people on a deeper level. Hopefully.

PHOTOGRAPHY

There's a bunch of other creative stuff on this page. I may as well throw some photography on here for good measure. Holla!

WEB DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

There's a reason that so many "normal" people love Comic Sans. Because it's playful. Similarly, people are delighted and remember those websites where things change based on where and how their mouse interacts with the webpage, so why do most web developers try to downplay it in their work? I believe that the web should be more playful, not less.

MARKETING

There's only two functions in any business. Make a product, then sell it. Being an entrepreneur means you're forced to confront the beast that is consumer behavior and marketing.

VALUATION & REGRESSION

I mean, I was a Math major, Actuary, and got an MBA from the University of Chicago. You didn't think I was going to keep my portfolio free from Free Cash Flow models and excel files overflowing with vlookups, pivot tables, and regressions, did you? Command + S.

SHORT STORIES

I like to write. It feels good to flex my fingers, whether on wireless keyboards or ancient typewriters. Below are a few short stories I've whipped up in the past year.

BOOKS

I write one post every day on my blog, but I've also written more in-depth books on consumer behavior, startups, and gamification. Sadly, there's never enough time in the day so I end up helping other people more than myself. As such, the startup book is still very much in draft form, but am making decent progress on the Gamification How-To guide.

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Landing Page

Tube that animates and fills as you scroll

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Web App

Design, Facebook login & Open Graph, Game Mechanics

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Corporate Pages

Design: About, Jobs, Contact, Winners, Legal, Blog

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HTML Emails

Automatically generated HTML emails specific to user

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Registration Flow

Frictionless process and design for how users sign up

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Game Mechanics

System to drive engagement, retention and virality

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Logo Typography

Design of the logo type to fit logomark

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Branding

Made in NYC, polygonal geometry, color purple, emotional content

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Social Media

Managed twitter, facebook, youtube, and corporate blog

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StoryApp

Record your voice over multiple photos to create a story. Then, use it to chat privately with friends or share it publicly on StoryApp, Facebook, or Twitter.

Download StoryApp for Free

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Kiiy

Kiiy (pronounced "key") is an artificially intelligent, wooden robot who understands your voice and emotions. Kiiy listens to your stories and watches other stories with you. Eventually, you'll be able to have a normal chat with Kiiy, just like with your real life best buddies.

Download StoryApp for Free

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Trap Door City

Coming soon, Trap Door City is the story of Adam, Luna, Kiiy and the Rakasasha monster.

Visit Adam & Luna's Website

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Weather Notifier

Ranked #40 in App Store: "Wake Up to the Weather"

Visit Weather Notifier Website

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Design O'Clock

Gorgeous analog clocks for your iPhone

Visit Design O'Clock Website

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Swingbyte

iPhone/iPad App that tracks your golf swing in 3D

Visit Swingbyte Website

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Confide

Confide, anonymously, on your sorrows and joys

Visit Confide Website

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Evolyte Store

$30,000 in Reserved Sales in 1 Week

Visit Evolyte Store Case Study

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Become A Builder

A Daily Email + 85-page eBook Tutorial to Build Your Idea Into A Product

Visit Become A Builder Website

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Tortillas Nuevo Leon

Confide, anonymously, on your sorrows and joys

Visit Nuevo Leon Website

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JetZet

A social network for travelers

Visit JetZet Website

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StoryApp Gif

Animated gif of StoryApp's mechanics

Visit Adam & Luna's Website

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Making of a Champion

Making of a Champion, a youth program in a not-so-great part of Miami. The founder is a surrogate father to at-risk boys and the goal was to design a logo that they could be proud to rep on a shirt or a side of a van. The thing they don't realize is that they're already a champion, they just need a few people to give them a trophy.

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J3

A personal logo project for a gentleman.

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HealthVend Products

A 2-page PDF outlining some of HealthVend's core products for sale

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HealthVend Magazine Ad

A one-page magazine ad to show the concept and the products so potential buyers can contact.

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Derek Jeter

Iconic image for an iconic moment: 3000 hits

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Deron Williams

Pitch deck designed to help sign Deron Williams

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Kemba Walker

Mixtape design for the future NBA Rookie of the Year

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Evolyte iPhone Apps

Weather Notifier & Design O'clock iPhone apps introductory email

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Excel Sports Management

Monthly email to the most influential people in sports

Visit Excel Sports Management Website

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Evolyte Store

Email announcing the 1st week's deal: Apple iPad

View Evolyte Store Case Study

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Forward Thinking

A long-term view isn't next quarter's profits

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Evolyte

Creative. Intense. Logical. Different.

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Illumination

iPhone lock screen wallpaper

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Japan

A tribute to the people of Japan, post tsunami

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Startup Starter Kit

Concept we were building to help startups get, well, started.

Download the Draft Startup Starter Book

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Real Early

A small app that ranked how early of an early adopter you actually are for various large social sites.

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Harley Davidson iPhone Retina Wallpaper

A wallpaper I made for Harley Davidson on the iPhone. Retina-ized, of course.

Download the Harley iPhone Wallpaper

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iPad for Sale

A little sumpin' sumpin' I whipped up to sell my first iPad. It didn't last long.

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Mom's Birthday Card

Look mom, I made you a birthday card!

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Brooklyn Bridge

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Guggenheim

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Degrees of Scotch

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Ruda Cohen

Responsive for mobile, retina-ready website for a human capital consulting firm.

Visit Ruda Cohen's Website

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Qual-Tech Engineering

Responsive for mobile website with contact form and payment alternatives for Workshops.

Visit Qual-Tech's Website

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Telepharm

Responsive for mobile, retina-ready website showcasing the business and product.

View Telepharm's Website

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Scott Kid

Website showcasing two studio albums, with the album emerging from the cover as you scroll down.

View Scott Kid Website

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Marcus Boxerman

Responsive for mobile, retina-ready website with custom illustration and photography.

Visit Marcus & Boxerman's Website

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Geller Biopharm

Healthcare Investment Bank's corporate site

Visit Geller Biopharm Website

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Weather Notifier

Set the time and the city, then get notified of the weather every day. Wake up to the weather!

View Weather Notifier Website

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Design O'Clock

Gorgeous analog, animated clocks for your iPhone.

Visit Design O'Clock Website

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Adam & Luna

Ready-ready illustration, design, animated gif for our startup's website.

Visit Adam & Luna's Website

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Moolagram

Baron Von Moolagram character development + comedic story

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$1 Billion Regional Bank

Market research and proposed future strategy to keep existing customers and attract new ones.

Download the Market Research PDF

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Anil Arjandas x SuperKind 2013 Jewelry Catalog

Never touched down before on American soil, Anil Arjandas jewelry is being brought from Spain to America by SuperKind.

Visit Anil Arjandas's Website

Download the 2013 Catalog

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Wal-Mart Free Cash Flow Analysis

A spreadsheet that calculates the sales growth rate embedded in Wal-Mart's current stock price.

Download the Wal-Mart Free Cash Flow Excel File

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SuperKind Gym Investment

A private equity purchase prospectus for a chain of boutique gyms in downtown Dallas.

Download the Gym Investment Preview Deck

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Executive Compensation Market Competitiveness Analysis

An analysis of short-term and long-term incentive practices, equity / stock option valuation, peer group selection and analysis, suggested approach for future long-term incentives, and the client versus the market 50th percentile.

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The Pen & The Highlighter

A short story about love, loss, and finding oneself.

Download The Pen & The Highlighter

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Human Machine, Prologue

The prologue to a short story of trying to discover the answer to an unknown question while exploring an unknown ancient yet technologically advanced world.

Read Human Machine

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Human Machine, Chapter 1: Awakening

The first chapter about a man waking up in a strange place with a surprise twist.

Read Human Machine

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Startup Starter Book

There's a lot of great information in here, but it's not quite organized optimally yet. Also, flip ahead to the last few pages to get some inside VC info.

Download the Startup Starter Book PDF

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Game-ify Anything: A How-To Guide

Learn about Game Mechanics and how to apply it to anything from doing the laundry to incentivizing behavior in the workplace.

Download the In-Progress Interactive iBook

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Virality & Consumer Behavior

Whether for startups or a big brand, learn how to nudge consumers in the right direction.

Download the Consumer Behavior & Virality PDF

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