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Sebastien is currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Capricorn, an investment group focused on providing new solutions to persistent global problems, including key investments in Tesla, SpaceX, Planet Labs, Quantumscape and Joby Aviation. Sebastien is also a founding General Partner at Graph Ventures, an early stage angel fund with a portfolio of 200+ companies including Blue Apron, Ipsy, Envoy & Figure1.
Most recently, Sebastien was the COO of Saildrone, helping launch a category-defining company which revolutionized planetary data collection at sea, using wind and solar powered ocean drones. At the confluence of autonomy, big data and AI/ML, Saildrone works to improve the understanding of our oceans, pursuing a vision called ‘The Quantified Planet’. Its mission is to help better understand key planetary systems that affect humanity, such as extreme weather, ocean acidification, and global fisheries.
Formerly, Sebastien was Co-Founder and COO of Playfish, one of the largest and fastest growing social video-gaming companies. Sebastien helped grow the company to reach over 300 million players in two years before being acquired by video game giant Electronic Arts (EA) in 2009. Prior to founding Playfish, Sebastien helped launch Glu Mobile, an early pioneer in mobile games which IPO'ed in 2007 and held innovation and strategy roles at Nokia and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Sebastien is the recipient of the 2012 EA Emerging Leaders Award, the 2011 Tech 100 award, the 2010 TechFellow award, and the 2003 Booz Allen Professional Excellence Award. His contribution in establishing a successful public-private partnership between Saildrone and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was recognized with the 2020 Ron Brown Excellence in Innovation Award and the 2018 US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal.
Sebastien has served on the boards of Saildrone, Samasource, Vittana, UWC-USA, the Solar Fuel Institute, and Trusted Family. Sebastien holds a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.