Overview

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Primary Role
Founder @
Investments
9 Investments in 9 Companies
Born:
March 3, 1974
Gender:
Male
Location:
London
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Person Details

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Shak is currently Head of Special Projects at Spotify, where he is also personal advisor to founder and CEO Daniel Ek. He has had a number of online businesses in the UK since 2000, was part of the founding team at buy.at, which was acquired by AOL, and he recently founded CoinDesk, a bitcoin news site.

Shak has done extensive volunteer work as an ambassador for charity: water, having helped raise millions of dollars for clean and safe drinking water. He is also a keen supporter and friend of Pencils of Promise, who build schools for those most in need.

Having lived in China, Shak speaks Chinese (as well as English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Danish) and currently divides his time between London, San Francisco, New York and airport lounges.

Shak is an investor in BitPay, Spotify, Top10, Duedil and YPlan. Shak was also an investor and mentor to Nick D'Aloisio who built and sold Summly, a news curation app that was sold to Yahoo in March 2013.

Jobs (10)

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Current

Co-founder

Mar, 2014 - Current   (over 2 years)

Global Ambassador

May, 2010 - Current   (over 6 years)

Head of Special Projects

2009 - Current   (over 7 years)
Past
Started
Ended
Title
Company
Unknown
Unknown
Founder
May 1, 2013
Jan, 2016
Founder
Mar, 2012
Dec, 2012
Head of Special Projects
Oct, 2008
Jul, 2009
Co-Founder, Managing Director
Dec, 2001
Aug, 2008
Founder, Managing Director
Mar, 2004
Sep, 2004
Co-Founder
Oct, 2000
Mar, 2001
Founder, Director

Board & Advisor Roles (2)

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  • Member of the Advisory Board to founder and CEO
    2009
  • Member of the Advisory Board
    Nov, 2011 - Mar 1, 2013

Investments (9)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
May, 2015$1.8M / VenturePersonal Investment
Feb, 2015$1.6M / SeedPersonal Investment
Jan, 2014$10.51M / VenturePersonal Investment
Jun, 2013$12M / Series APersonal Investment
May, 2013$1.5M / SeedPersonal Investment
May, 2013$1.1M / SeedPersonal Investment
Apr, 2013$5M / Series APersonal Investment
Jan, 2013$510k / SeedPersonal Investment
Oct, 2012$2.14M / VenturePersonal Investment

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