Shaun co-founded Urban.Us to fund & serve startups that make cities better. Urban.Us currently works with 15 startups and a global network of more than 400 advisors. Startups work on problems including low energy buildings, water management, personal mobility, parking systems, social services, e-waste, paperless government and resilient connectivity.
Before Urban.Us Shaun was an active angel investor, investing in 25 firms between 2007 and 2013, including ZocDoc, Trialpay (acq Visa), Refinery29, Skycatch and Tonx (acq Blue Bottle Coffee). These firms have attracted more than $300m in funding from some of todays leading venture investors.
Crowdstorm, his first book, is a guide to working with large online crowds to find and evaluate ideas. The book is a result of his experiences running innovation challenges with clients such as Starbucks, $300 House and Life Edited. He has presented and written for organizations such as The Economist Intelligence Unit, The Huffington Post, GigaOm, NYU, Wharton and SXSW.
Shaun has an MSc from MIT, an MBA from Berlin School of Creative Leadership and BSc from University of Cape Town. He grew up in Cape Town, an accent in NYC, wiser in Berlin and now calls Miami home. He is papai to Max and Oli and number one fan of his partner and artist Andrea Nhuch. When he is not at work or with his family, you will most likely find him swimming or Onewheeling.