Sean Downey

Board Member

Sean has been an active entrepreneur in both his corporate and personnel life. After graduating from Rice University with a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship, he came to LA to start a unique journey. Since early in his career, from working with Simpson’s and Butterfinger to being a professional entertainer, he is always on a path less traveled.


Sean has worked in various start-ups. These start-ups include Great Domains, the original seller of ".com" as real estate, and a Joint Venture around the world’s largest ring tone retailer. Sean has also held innovative roles in corporations such as VeriSign, where he helped establish the first global enterprise messaging platform. The sale of these companies has generated tens of millions of dollars.


During this time, Sean became a “dog” person. He says it just happens. You don’t know when, but you know it happened. Each year 31% of adoptable animals in the US are euthanized. Sean had volunteered with various animal welfare groups and saw an opportunity to bring his skills to bear in helping save more animals.


In 2015 he started My Buddy’s Place, a software company with a straightforward business model and an initial focus on rescue dogs. Through this software, Sean aimed to make the rescue process more efficient through an easy-to-use platform that helps the people that care for these animals.


The company has continued to innovate and now offers a marketplace where pet parents can shop a curated selection of premium, healthy, and natural brands. Additionally, 6% of their purchase goes directly to a non-profit rescue or shelter of their choice. With thousands of animals saved through the platform and the highest donation rate in the industry, the goal of making a difference in the lives of rescue animals and the people who love them is alive and well. Pet parents can help save animals in need just by taking care of their own.