Co-founder & CEO
Shawn Hardin has spent the last two decades leading technology-driven entrepreneurial ventures. Currently, he is a DCI Fellow at Stanford University where he is enjoying both studies and coaching at the The Brown Institute For Media Innovation, The D.School, The Center For Entrepreneurial Studies (CES / Graduate School Of Business) and at The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP / School of Engineering). Shawn also has several research projects ongoing at Stanford regarding Storytelling, an investigation of the latest technology in Wearables/IoT and Traditional/Social/New Media, including Virtual & Augmented Reality.
Prior to his fellowship at Stanford, Shawn was the Founder/CEO of Mind Pirate, a platform provider for Internet of Everything (IoE) and wearable computing applications. Hewlett-Packard 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 ultimately rose to the position of EVP & Chief Product Officer at NBCi.
Shawn is currently a director member of the Directors Guild of America and a board member at the CFC MediaLab/ideaBOOST business accelerator. Past board appointments include NPR Online, the American Film Institue’s Enhanced TV Program, the Producers Guild of America’s New Media Council and Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). Shawn also worked as a filmmaker on more than seventy Film/TV productions and, as the founding Governor-elect for Interactive Media at the TV Academy, he oversaw creation of the first Emmy Award recognizing excellence for interactive media programming. Shawn is a graduate of the School of Cinema/TV at the University of Southern California.