Sean Conway (entrepreneur)

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Born (1984-05-27) May 27, 1984 (age 39)
San Diego, United States
Alma materUniversity of Arizona
OccupationEntrepreneur, Investor
Known forfounder of Notehall

Sean Conway (born May 27, 1984) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and businessman.[1][2][3] Sean has founded and invested in businesses such as Notehall and Pillow;[4][5][6] the latter was acquired by the Expedia Group in 2018.[7][8][9]

Early life and education

Conway was born in San Diego and he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.[10]


In 2008, Conway founded Notehall, an online marketplace in which college students can buy and sell class notes along with his classmates D.J. Stephan, Justin Miller, and Fadi Chalfoun.[11][12] They appeared on an episode of the reality show Shark Tank where they agreed on-air to an investment offer of $90,000 from Barbara Corcoran but did not take the deal off air.[13] Notehall was later recognized as one of the top nine most successful businesses on Shark Tank. However, weeks later the group eventually moved ahead with a funding event by start-up incubator DreamIt Ventures in 2009.[14]

In 2009, Conway along with his co-founders of Notehall was one of the finalists for the title of America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs. In 2011, Notehall was acquired by Chegg.[15][16] Conway stayed with the company for two years.

In 2013, soon after the acquisition of Notehall, Conway teamed up with Justin Miller, Dan Palumbo and Todd Conway to launch Airenvy Inc.[17][18] It allows multifamily owners and residents to offer their flats for short-term rentals and currently operates in 35 cities such as San Francisco and Denver. Later, its name was changed to Pillow.[19][20][21]

Conway has also invested in start-ups such as Tilt, AuditFile and Rentlytics.[22]


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  2. "With $13.5M in new funds, Pillow partners with building owners to make rentals Airbnb-friendly". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  3. Gallen, Tim (17 May 2019). "ABQ business leader named Entrepreneur of the Year finalist".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. Said, Carolyn (20 January 2015). "Pillow lands $2.65 million to help Airbnb hosts".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Sean Conway from Pillow". GeekEstate Blog. 2017-11-27. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  6. "Sean Conway".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "DreamIt Releases Ten Startups Into The Wild". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  8. "AMERGINT Technologies found its footing in the Great Recession". Retrieved 2019-09-19.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "Expedia Buys Two Startups to Help Landlords Turn Apartments Into Short-Term Rentals". Skift. 2018-10-25. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  10. "Alumni Profile: Sean Conway, '07 Marketing and Entrepreneurship". Eller College of Management | The University of Arizona. 2019-02-26. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  11. staff, Christopher Wink / (2009-10-07). "Shop Talk: Notehall, an ABC spot behind them and 65-college growth ahead". Philly. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  12. Ongchoco, David; YouthHack, ContributorFounder of (2015-12-26). "Young & Entrepreneurial: Second-Time Entrepreneur Shares The Realities of Starting-up After An Acquisition". HuffPost. Retrieved 2019-09-18. {{cite web}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  13. Wichner, David. "Wooing investors requires patience, preparation". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  14. Turner, Paige (2016-05-11). "Notehall Update for 2018 - A Shark Tank Success Story". Gazette Review. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  15. "Amid Reports Of IPO Plans, Chegg Acquires Lecture Note Marketplace Notehall". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  16. "SEC filing cracks the egg on Chegg's Notehall purchase". VentureBeat. 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  17. "Window into Airbnb's hidden impact on SF". San Francisco Chronicle. 14 June 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. "Startup Success Twofold: Sean Conway '07 BSBA (Entrepreneurship and Marketing)". Eller College of Management | The University of Arizona. 2019-03-07. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  19. "Fresh off a $2.7M funding round, Pillow launches Airbnb listing management service in Seattle". GeekWire. 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  20. "039: Making Short-Term Rentals on Airbnb Easy with Sean Conway of Pillow from The Andy Storch Show". Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  21. "Pillow Raises $2.65 Million To Take The Friction Out Of Airbnb Rentals". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  22. "Sean Conway | Connect with top investors". Retrieved 2019-09-19.