Hi , I'm Shawn.
I'm a venture capitalist and former startup executive who has mentored 100+ CEOs, entrepreneurs, and investors. I'm an experienced coach with a long track record in helping people think through how to build a satisfying career in Silicon Valley.
What I Can Help You With
I can help you break into venture capital: I've worked for 5 venture funds and have a good sense of what it takes to break into this very nebulous industry. Recruiting for a job in venture can be frustrating - you often get zero or ambiguous feedback. Let me help you decode VC speak. I'd love to help position you for success at the top firms in the industry.
I can help you think through starting a company: I've invested in 25+ companies and have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. I'd love to help give you structure around how to think through your idea, how to recruit a team, build 0 to 1, and fundraise for your preseed / seed.
I can help you navigate your startup career: I've worked for 3 startups, all very different in stage (from founding team to hypergrowth to IPO). I'd love to help you think through which startup to bet your career on, as well as what operational role makes the most sense for you. I'm especially excited to work with folks who are thinking through a pivot (in either role or industry).
I can help you get into business school: I applied and was accepted into The Wharton School and Lauder Institute's MBA/MA program at Penn. The b-school journey can be really tough, I took me roughly 2 years. I can help you think through whether business school is right for you, offer feedback on narrative, resume, essays, and interviews. I'm also happy to give you my two cents on how to best set yourself up for success while there.
I try to only work with 1-2 people at any one time. If you come from a disadvantaged background (low income, first generation college student, etc), shoot me a note, I'd love to pay it forward and work with you for free.
If any of the above sound interesting, please message me! I'm really excited to hear from you.