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26 Investments in 8 Companies
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Shawn Carolan is the Managing Director at Menlo Ventures since September 2004. Shawn joined Menlo Ventures in 2002 as an Associate and was promoted to Managing Director two years later at age 30. Shawn focuses on consumer tech with particular interest in major technological shifts that improve users’ daily lives.

Shawn represents Menlo Ventures on the boards of IMVU, PlayPhone, Roku, TeleNav, Uber and YuMe. Prior investments include Siri, in which Menlo was the first investor and largest shareholder when Apple acquired the company in 2010, PlaySpan (acquired by Visa), and CinemaNow, acquired by Rovi.

Shawn is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Handle, the World’s First Priority Engine, and has been recognized for the last two years on the Forbes Midas List.

Prior to that, Shawn worked at Motorola's Cellular Infrastructure Group and Wireless Data Group, Sprint PCS, and the University of Illinois' Center for Computational Electromagnetics.

Shawn was educated as an Electrical Engineer (BS/MS from the University of Illinois, Champaign where he graduated with highest honors) but was continually pulled into Computer Science. From his internships at Motorola to his DARPA-funded fellowship in computational electromagnetics, Shawn picked up the coding his fellow EE’s shunned.

This led him to a ‘hot’ Chicago startup called Open Port Technology where he wrote wire protocols in C++ in the days before JSON and got his first patent. He loved it, but left after much deliberation in 2000 when he was accepted into the Stanford MBA program.

Exercising his employee stock options on the way out constituted his first official write-off as an investor. Despite an entrance essay proclaiming aspirations to become a business savvy CTO, Shawn spent his MBA summer at Booz & Co and became a VC at graduation.

For fun Shawn enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, motorcycling and hiking with his family. He also serves on the board of Rocketship Education and advocates Lean Startup principles, learned and honed with friends Steve Blank and Eric Ries at IMVU where the movement began to take hold.

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Co-Founder & CEO

Jul, 2011 - Current   (over 5 years)

Managing Director

Sep 1, 2004 - Current   (about 12 years)
Team Member
Manager of Software Architecture
Sep 1, 2002
Aug 1, 2004
Jan, 2001
Apr, 2001
Summer Associate of Management Consulting
Feb, 1996
Apr, 1997
Research Scientist - DEMACO Inc
Jan, 1996
Feb, 1996
Systems Engineer Intern for Cellular Infrastructure Group
  • Board Member
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Sep, 2008
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Oct, 2005
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Jan, 2006 - May, 2015
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Jan, 2010 - May, 2014
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Aug, 2006 - May, 2014
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Jul, 2010 - Mar, 2013
  • Member of the Board of Directors
    Jan, 2008 - Apr 1, 2010
DateInvested InRoundDetails
Nov, 2015$45.5M / Series H
Oct, 2014$25M / Series G
Jun, 2014$1.4B / Series D
Jul, 2012$47M / Series E
May, 2012$10M / Venture
Jan, 2012$67.25M / Private Equity
Dec, 2011$37M / Series B (Lead)
Aug, 2011$8.75M / Series D
Aug, 2010$18M / Series C
Feb, 2010$25M / Venture (Lead)
Nov, 2009$15.5M / Series B
May, 2009$5M / Series C (Lead)
Jan, 2009$10M / Series D
Nov, 2008$16.8M / Series B
Oct, 2008$8.5M / Series A (Lead)
Sep, 2008$15M / Venture
Sep, 2008$5M / Series C (Lead)
Jul, 2008$5M / Venture
Feb, 2008$6M / Series B (Lead)
Sep, 2007$6.5M / Series A
May, 2007$18.75M / Series C
Apr, 2007$9M / Series B
Aug, 2006$9.1M / Series B (Lead)
Jul, 2006$20.3M / Series E
Mar, 2006$9M / Series A
Jul, 2004$11M / Series D (Lead)

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