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This article was published on May 23, 2011

Stylish Technology Entrepreneurs: Sean Parker

Stylish Technology Entrepreneurs: Sean Parker
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

Founder & board member, TNW

Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

This is the fourth in a series on Stylish Entrepreneurs (sponsored by Gillette!). Previous editions featured Steve Jobs and  Jack Dorsey and Kevin Rose. Today we are taking a closer look at Sean Parker.

Sean Parker has recently shot to fame because of The Social Network. Being portrayed by an actor in a movie is one thing but if that actor is none other than Justin Timberlake you can be assured of a lot of attention. And Parker deserves it. Often described as genius and one of the most promising entrepreneurs in the Internet Industry. His dress sense: smart, clearly expensive, often seen in a pinstripe suit and waiste coast, whatever the occasion.

Parker has had his hand in many companies that had an impact on our current world wide web. Remember Napster? Sure you do. How about Plaxo, Causes and Facebook? Yep, Parker was involved with all of them at one point.

So Sean Parker is wealthy, successful and interesting enough to be played by Timberlake. But how stylish is he? About as stylish as they get:

Photograph by Jonas Fredwall Karlsson for Vanity Fair

Although Parker describes the Social Network as a complete work of fiction with the quote “I wish my life was that cool” his life is actually pretty cool. He owns a “huge 40th-floor apartment, directly over San Francisco’s Bay Bridge”, “a palatial (rented) New York town house. Among its many amenities: a full, mowed lawn on a patio on the third of its five floors.” and a “collection of elegant white shoes, a closetful of Tom Ford suits, and a $100,000 Tesla electric sports car” all according to an extensive profile on him by Vanity Fair. Right, I wish MY life was that cool.

You can find more info on Wikipedia or check out his profile on Facebook. Don’t think about becoming his friend though, he already has more than 5000, which is the maximum on Facebook.

Finally a video of Parker at DLD. He doesn’t look like Timberlake at all!

Who else has made the ‘Stylish Technology Entrepreneurs’ cut? See our previous picks: Steve Jobs and  Jack Dorsey, Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten and Kevin Rose.

Image credit to Dustin Curtis.

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