Among the list of accolades over his short career, Coleman has been named one of the top “35 enterprenuers under 35” by the Arizona Republic and “Arizona’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Small Business Administration, awarded an Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative award and presented with a grant from ASU’s Entrepreneur Advantage Project, now titled the Innovation Challenge.
In 2009, Coleman graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s in computer systems engineering. Two years later in June of 2011 he founded a startup called Blogic, a site matching technology company that takes existing website designs and generates them into blog templates.
One day while checking his email, Coleman received a message that would skyrocket his career. Aaron Matos, Jobing.com founder and CEO, heard about Blogic and wanted to schedule a lunch meeting to discuss the possibilities about Jobing acquiring the software.
Coleman not only sold his company to Jobing, but was offered a full time position on the technology development team. In December, he eagerly joined the firm’s team.
“We only look for the best of the best. This isn’t about who simply has the technical ability to do the job, it’s about the passion and dedication to rise above competition and barriers to create something we are genuinely proud of,” said Matos, also an alumnus of ASU. “Sean has that spirit coupled with what I know to be an exceptional education and training from ASU. With an arsenal like that, I knew I had to make him part of our team.”
For his fellow entrepreneurs, Coleman advises becoming as valuable as possible by seeking all avenues of opportunity. He also suggests finding others that you can rely on for advice.
“It’s really important to have a mentor. Find someone who believes in you and that you can trust,” Coleman said. “Also, don’t be afraid to take risks when you are young and in school.”
Serving as Coleman’s mentor is Adrian Sannier, ASU’s former University Technology Officer, and Hamid Shojaee, CEO of Axosoft. Shojaee is also the founder of AZ Disruptors and served as the mentor to Blogic for the program.
Theresa Maher, Jobing.com vice president, says that endless opportunities for success and support will give Sun Devils like Coleman a leg up in the job search.
“ASU offers so many different programs and grants that students can take advantage of,” Maher said. “When these younger entrepreneurs enter the work force and have passion and ambition, it makes them very attractive to companies like Jobing.com.”