Shawn is a serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience building software and hardware companies in both consumer and enterprise markets. Throughout his career as key product visionary and senior marketing executive, he has laid the road map and led the growth efforts for 15 startups backed by more than $100 million in venture financing. As founder and Chief Marketing Officer of yap.TV, he helped to usher in the second-screen/social TV mobile phenomenon.
Long before Siri, Shawn launched the first natural-voice automated pizza ordering system as Vice President of Marketing with Jacent (acquired by Yum! Brands). He served as Vice President of Marketing with Catch.com, and pioneered green technology serving as Vice President of Marketing with Integrity Block. Shawn recently relocated from Silicon Valley to Santa Fe, New Mexico to found a new startup and work with leading worldwide technology incubator, the Founder Institute, to open a chapter extension serving Santa Fe and the greater New Mexico area. Shawn serves as an advisor to Silicon Valley startup Soldsie and LiveMagic, and is a mentor with Spark Labs. Shawn currently heads the newest Creative Santa Fe initiative: Startup Santa Fe. Startup Santa Fe is a public private partnership with the City of Santa Fe and Creative Santa Fe to provide access to entrepreneurial resources online and throughout New Mexico. This new effort will helps to learn how to move ideas forward and connect with people that can help make it happen.