Sean Parker

  • Sean Parker Grants $10 Million To Aid Radical Autoimmune Research For Type 1 Diabetes

    Sean Parker Grants $10 Million To Aid Radical Autoimmune Research For Type 1 Diabetes

    Sean Parker has been very philanthropic lately, particularly with life sciences research. Parker announced he’d given $600 million to a foundation with his name on it this summer and $24 million last December to establish an allergy research center, also bearing his name. He’s now given $10 million toward a research lab at the University of California, San Francisco, called the Sean N. Read More

  • Sean Parker Allots $600 Million To The Sean N. Parker Foundation

    Sean Parker Allots $600 Million To The Sean N. Parker Foundation

    Sean Parker, the tech billionaire, best known for his leading roles at Napster and Facebook has donated more than $600 million to the Sean N. Parker Foundation to date. But up to now he’s been tight-lipped with the press about those contributions. Parker formally announced the existence of his charitable operation today, but he’s been an active donor for the last ten years… Read More

  • Ron Conway, Sean Parker Go To Washington (Again)

    Ron Conway, Sean Parker Go To Washington (Again)

    A new bipartisan think tank with a focus on creating better opportunities for startups and small businesses is launching in Washington, D.C. today with backing from Silicon Valley. Sean Parker, Ron Conway and other well-known tech figures have aligned themselves with several academics and Washington policymakers to form the Economic Innovation Group (EIG). This is not the first time Silicon… Read More

  • Sean Parker Pledges $24 Million Toward A Stanford Allergy Research Center In His Name

    Sean Parker Pledges $24 Million Toward A Stanford Allergy Research Center In His Name

    Well-known tech billionaire Sean Parker suffers from asthma and allergies so severe that he doesn’t know how many times he’s landed in the emergency room just for accidentally eating something that touched a peanut. He tells TechCrunch that at least 14 of those visits have happened since he’s been with his wife. “Nuts, avocados, shellfish, all of it. I was in the ICU… Read More

  • Sean Parker’s Brigade Media Acquires Causes In Its Quest To Revitalize American Democracy

    Sean Parker’s Brigade Media Acquires Causes In Its Quest To Revitalize American Democracy

    Brigade Media has acquired a majority position in the holding company that owns Causes and Votizen. Causes is known for its days as a platform for Facebook users to organize around issues. Votizen provided social networking tools for voters. Causes acquired Votizen in 2013. Also, amid a number of executive changes, Sean Parker will step down as interim CEO at Brigade but remain chairman. Read More

  • Brigade Media Raises $9.3M From Sean Parker To Shake Up American Democracy

    Brigade Media Raises $9.3M From Sean Parker To Shake Up American Democracy

    Stealthy, unlaunched startup Brigade Media has raised $9.3 million from Sean Parker of Facebook fame, along with unknown sums from Ron Conway and Marc Benioff, TechCrunch has learned. Parker’s investment is personal, and not from Founders Fund, a group that he has stepped back from. In fact, Parker will be taking over the Chairman and CEO role, at least on an interim basis. John… Read More

  • Sean Parker Leaves Founders Fund

    Sean Parker Leaves Founders Fund

    On the heels of the news that Founders Fund has raised a massive $1 billion for its fifth fund, the venture capital firm is slimming down its top ranks, with now-former partner Sean Parker stepping down. While the split is perhaps surprising given that Founders Fund is more than able to line up capital to invest, according to the firm, Parker’s exit is neither immediate nor… Read More

  • Causes Acquires Votizen To Democratize Democracy

    Causes Acquires Votizen To Democratize Democracy

    Activism platform Causes has just acquired political advocacy startup Votizen. With Causes’ massive 186 million-strong user base and Votizen’s tools, together they’ll break down barriers to civic engagement to allow anyone to influence elections. Negotiated by mutual investor Sean Parker, the deal gives people a way to turn out votes for candidates who support the Causes… Read More

  • Sean Parker, Ari Emanuel And Oliver Luckett’s theAudience Raises $20M To Help Celebs Navigate Social Media

    Sean Parker, Ari Emanuel And Oliver Luckett’s theAudience Raises $20M To Help Celebs Navigate Social Media

    Back in July, we caught wind of a stealthy startup called theAudience, which purported to be on a mission to help busy celebrities navigate the world of social media. Fittingly, the startup was a product of its own A-list roots, the result of a partnership between Napster, Plaxo and Airtime co-founder and founding president of Facebook, Sean Parker, and Hollywood superagent and William… Read More