Prior to co-founding Saffron Hill Ventures, Shawn worked as an investment principal for Tribune Ventures where he invested in seed stage through pre-IPO round financings for digital media, infrastructure, and commerce companies. Shawn served on the Board of four Tribune portfolio companies and established Tribune's first seed stage financing.
From 1991-1994 Shawn worked for a private consulting firm based in Washington, DC where he managed technology development research projects focused on the development and financing of emerging technologies. Earlier in his career, Shawn worked as a Senior Project Manager for the US EPA managing multi-million dollar technology research, design, and construction projects.
Shawn earned an MBA from Northwestern University's J L Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS in Physical Sciences from the University of Nebraska.