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Sean Howell

Hornet Gay Social Network
San Francisco, CA
Sean is a coffee addict from Seattle working in tech in San Francisco. He is the CEO of Hornet gay social network with over 8 million users, and number one market share in countries like France, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, & Turkey. Sean spent is formative years building alliances in Baron Realms Elite and TradeWars2002.

About Hornet Networks
Hornet Networks is gay owned, developer and distributer of the Hornet iPhone and Android Application—a location-based mobile dating and social network that that lets you meet new friends based on criteria you set including geography, share photos quickly by sharing preloaded galleries, and keep notes about people you chat with. Founders and backers include the ranks of LGBT at Zynga, Linkedin, Sentinent AI and Silicon Valley venture technologists. https://hornetapp.com

Sean likes to describe Hornet as virtual “Third Place” of gay social networks. A “First place” is the home. The "second place" is the workplace — where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal. Hallmarks of a true "third place": free or inexpensive; while not essential, are important; highly accessible: proximate for many; involve regulars – those who habitually congregate there; welcoming and comfortable; both new friends and old should be found there. Howell argues that LGBT especially get additional value out of online communities, whether social networks or gaming.