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Shawn David Nelson is the founder and CEO of Lovesac, a high-end mall-based retail chain with 60+ “Lovesac” showroom locations from LA to Boston, with their largest store being online at www.lovesac.com. From humble beginnings, Shawn began making Lovesac giant beanbags by hand in 1995 out of his parent’s basement.
In 1996 he served as a church service volunteer in Taiwan for two years, becoming fluent in Mandarin Chinese, only to return to work in China delivering leadership and team-building seminars in Chinese for Fortune 500 companies in the year 2000. Shawn graduated from the University of Utah with honors and bachelor’s degrees in Chinese and Asian Studies emphasizing business in 2001, the same year Lovesac opened its first retail location in Salt Lake City, Utah, with dozens more to follow.
In 2005 Shawn won a 1 million dollar investment from Virgin’s Richard Branson on Fox Network’s hit show “The Rebel Billionaire,” and was made acting President of Virgin Worldwide for a time.
Raising VC funding and eventually Private Equity financing to drive growth, Lovesac became the fastest growing furniture retailer in the U.S. in 2013, mostly on sales of Shawn’s patented invention: Sactionals—an indestructible and adaptable couch meant to grow and change with you for the rest of your life. Lovesac continues to scale at a rapid pace today.
Shawn holds multiple patents on product inventions that have produced hundreds of millions in sales to-date. He now holds a Masters degree in Strategic Design and Management, and is an instructor in the Master’s Program at the top design school in the nation: Parson’s, The New School for Design, in NYC. He currently resides in Darien, Connecticut with his wife, 2 dogs, and 4 children. See www.lovesac.com or his CEO VLOG, Get Off The Couch for more information.