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Sean Neville Discusses Starting Simply AudioBooks

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  • Date Added : 5/7/2010
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Sean Neville

  • CEO and co-founder, Simply Audiobooks
  • male
  • Caucasian
  • 1973 (Age: 48 years old)
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Biography

Sean Neville was most recently was the CEO and Co-founder of Simply Audiobooks, a $7 million internet retailer focused on the rental and sale of audiobooks. Sean led the company from inception to becoming the world's largest audiobook rental company with offices in Canada and the United States. He received the 2005 Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award in Ontario for his efforts in building the company. Sean negotiated the successful sale of Simply Audiobooks to another Canadian media company in the summer of 2009.

Before starting Simply Audiobooks, Sean explored a variety of high-profile positions, from trading at Goepel McDermid and UBS Warburg to VP of Sales and Marketing at Concept Plastics. Before starting his business career, Sean was a nationally ranked figure skater in Canada, and two-time Ontario provincial champion.

Sean Neville holds an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University, a BAS from York University, and he has completed graduate studies at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Upon moving back to Toronto on the summer of 2003, I didn't have a specific business idea, but I had a strategy in mind initially, which was - I decided to start with what's called the Search Fund. And what the intention of the Search Fund was - I was raising money from a handful of investors to go...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Path Leading To MBA At Cornell's Johnson School
  • Sean Neville - Interview - Simply Audiobooks
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Video 2 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Experience Getting MBA From Perspective of a Future Entrepreneur
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Video 3 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Reality That Path To Entrepreneurship Is Not Defined
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Video 4 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Starting Simply AudioBooks
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Video 5 of 27 Sean Neville Explains Aspects Of Partnering
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Video 6 of 27 Sean Neville Offers Partnering Advice
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Video 7 of 27 Sean Neville States Entrepreneurially Minded People Should Simply Get In The Game
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Video 8 of 27 Sean Neville States Early Operations Are Pieced Together - Call Center Anecdote
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Video 9 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Friends And Family As Investors
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Video 10 of 27 Sean Neville States Finding Correct Price Point Matter Of Trial And Error
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Video 11 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Simply Audiobooks Company And Product
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Video 12 of 27 Sean Neville Explains Business Model Of Simply Audio
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Video 13 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Approach To Pitching
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Video 14 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Formalizing The Business
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Video 15 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Expertise Narrows As Business Grows
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Video 16 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Firing Becomes Inevitable As Business Grows
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Video 17 of 27 Sean Neville Explains Challenges In Internet Marketing
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Video 18 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Point of Business When It Transitions From Creation To Operations
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Video 19 of 27 Sean Neville States Realization That You Can't Plan For The Unknown
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Video 20 of 27 Sean Neville Explains Importance of Having Some Type of Business Plan
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Video 21 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Balancing Flexibility And Focus
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Video 22 of 27 Sean Neville States Surprise At The Emotion Around Exiting The Business
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Video 23 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Failure And Deciding Where To Expend Energies
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Video 24 of 27 Sean Neville States Family Support Is Indispensable To An Entrepreneur
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Video 25 of 27 Sean Neville Discusses Work-life Balance
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Video 26 of 27 Sean Neville Defines Entrepreneurship
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Video 27 of 27 Sean Neville Explains Why People Become Entrepreneurs
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