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.
Mar, 2014 - Current (over 2 years)
May, 2010 - Current (over 6 years)
Head of Special Projects
2009 - Current (almost 8 years)
Board & Advisor Roles (2)Update
|May, 2015||Monese||$1.8M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Feb, 2015||Notey||$1.6M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2014||Hello||$10.51M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Jun, 2013||YPlan||$12M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|May, 2013||Quill Content||$1.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|May, 2013||Skift||$1.1M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Apr, 2013||DueDil||$5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Jan, 2013||BitPay||$510k / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Oct, 2012||BlackJet||$2.14M / Venture||Personal Investment|
|Feb 17, 2016||Cryptocoins News - What's Next For CoinDesk?|
|Feb 11, 2016||PE HUB - Student.com raises $60 mln|
|Feb 11, 2016||Business Insider (tech) - Accommodation marketplace Student.com has raised $60 million|
|Feb 11, 2016||Bloomberg - Website to Help Students Find Homes Gets $60 Million|
|Feb 11, 2016||CNBC - ‘Booking.com for students’ raises $60M|
|Feb 10, 2016||Venture Beat - Student.com raises $60M (and its profile) to help international students find somewhere to live|
|Dec 8, 2015||Andreessen Horowitz - a16z Podcast: Scaling Ideas and Startups in the U.K. and Europe|
|Sep 21, 2015||TechCrunch - Monese Launches In U.K. To Let Immigrants And Expats Get A Mobile Banking Account|