Shawn Hardin is currently a Distinguished Careers Institute Fellow at Stanford University where he is developing a new company. Shawn was the Founder/CEO of Mind Pirate, a platform provider for Internet of Everything (IoE) and wearable computing applications. Hewlett Packard’s IoE & Wearables Group acquired Mind Pirate in December 2014.
Before Mind Pirate, Shawn was an Entrepreneur In Residence at Bessemer Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures, where he evaluated new investment opportunities and advised entrepreneurs. Previously, Shawn was the CEO of Flock, the award-winning social web browser that grew to become the #1 most popular desktop application on Facebook in 2010 and was acquired by Zynga. Prior to Flock, Shawn was an executive at Yahoo! and led a diverse portfolio of businesses with more than 30M active users. Earlier, Shawn co-founded AOL’s broadband division where he served as Senior Vice President and helped grow the broadband business to over 5M paid subscribers and $1.2B in revenue. Prior to joining AOL, Shawn spent eight years with NBC, where he co-founded the company’s online group in 1994 and rose to the position of EVP & Chief Product Officer at NBCi.
Shawn is a director member of the Directors Guild of America and an advisory board member at the Canadian Film Centre's ideaBOOST media lab. He has also served in the past on advisory boards for National Public Radio, the American Film Institute's Enhanced TV Program, and he was a founding member of the Producers Guild of America New Media Council. Shawn worked in Los Angeles as a filmmaker on more than seventy film and video productions and he was the founding Governor elect for the Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group where he oversaw creation of the industry's first Emmy Award recognizing creative excellence in interactive media programming. Shawn is a graduate of the School of Cinema/TV at the University of Southern California.
Fellow, Distinguished Careers Institue
Jan 1, 2015 - Current (over 1 year)
Co-founder & CEO
Sep 1, 2012 - Current (about 4 years)
|Mar 13, 2014||Venture Beat - Mind Pirate unveils its first Google Glass and mobile augmented-reality game: Global Food Fight|
|Jul 11, 2013||Venture Beat - Funding Daily: If deals were margaritas ...|
|Jul 11, 2013||CNet - Mind Pirate plays for games beyond the touch screen - CNET|
|Jul 11, 2013||Venture Beat - With $2.5M in funding, Mind Pirate will chase wearable and augmented reality games|
|Apr 12, 2011||TechCrunch - Social Browser Flock Shuts Down|
|Jan 9, 2011||ZD Net - FarmVille-maker Zynga adds social browser Flock to its … flock|
|Jan 7, 2011||Mashable - Zynga Buys Social Web Browser Flock|
|Jan 6, 2011||Gigaom - Zynga Buys Social Browser Developer Flock|