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Shawn Xu Podcasts

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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Shawn Xu. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Shawn Xu, often where they are interviewed.

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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Shawn Xu. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Shawn Xu, often where they are interviewed.

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Shawn Xu: Venture Capital and Startups

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Episode 31: Shawn Xu (@shawnxu) is an early-stage investor, product launcher, and growth hacker. After graduating from UCSD in 2012 with three separate degrees - global business, political science, and psychology - Shawn worked in Silicon Valley, managing Square’s and Vungle’s business expansions into Europe and Asia respectively. After five years, he packed his bags and headed to the east coast to pursue an MBA at The Wharton School.

While at Wharton, Shawn joined First Round’s Dorm Room Fund as a partner, eventually becoming their managing partner, making investments in over 20 startups founded by students. While there, he also realized the lack of diversity in the startup ecosystem, vowing to create a more inclusive space for women, people of color, and graduates of schools outside the Ivy League. He now works as a senior associate on the investment team at Floodgate.

Most recently, Shawn was a part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2020, under the Venture Capital category.

Show Notes:

  • 1:45 - Intro, discusing forbes 30 under 30, knowing really inventive people
  • 4:45 - Joining the founding team of startup Bayes Impact, managing international expansion for startups
  • 7:21 - Business school and his intellectual journey through geopolitics and venture capital
  • 11:23 - Getting involved into venture capital
  • 14:34 - Day to Days with working in venture capital and why he loves it
  • 17:04 - What are some of the biggest problems Shawn has seen entrepreneurs tackle?
  • 22:02 - Entrepreneurs tackling remote work and coronavirus
  • 24:10 - Politics and using a methodical approach to solve problems
  • 28:03 - The Asian American identity, low turn-out rates on elections, and Asian representation
  • 30:15 - A lack of governmental candidates, political polarization, and high level policy initiatives
  • 34:09 - The rising automation of jobs and retraining towards high demand industries
  • 37:10 - Advice to a new grad--find someone who will invest in you. Floodgate and seed investments
  • 41:20 - Start-up mafias as great resources to consult, and be intentional about the people you self select into
  • 42:58 - Do things that terrify you to go outside your comfort zone
  • 43:44 - Bucket list item--travel to places that are untouched and different from your experiences
  • 46:30 - Shawn's podcast episode on North Korea
  • 47:22 - How to contact Shawn and follow him

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Aug 08 2020 · 48mins
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Venture Roast Episode 3: Shawn Xu (Investor at Floodgate | Dorm Room Fund | 30u30 )

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Shawn is a great emerging mind in venture that I am lucky to call a friend. On the podcast he talks about the things trends he and the Floodgate team are excited about, some stories from the industry that are pretty shocking, as well as what we can do to give back and make venture and tech a better place people that are not named Michael (if you don't get it look up the JPM story).


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Jun 16 2020 · 46mins
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#11: Shawn Xu - Investor at Floodgate on Backcasting and Managing Dorm Room Fund

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Shawn is an investor at Floodgate since 2019. Prior to Floodgate, Shawn was a Managing Partner of First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund where he and his team were the first investors in 25+ promising companies built by student founders across America’s top universities. His writing on the university startup ecosystem has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, and Startup Grind. While completing his graduate at Wharton, Shawn also spent time with the investment team at Bessemer Venture Partners.

Before Shawn was an investor, he was laser-focused on launching technology companies into new markets internationally. As an operator, he managed expansion into Europe for Square and expansion into Asia for Vungle (acquired by Blackstone for $750M). Prior to these roles, Shawn was on the founding team of a YC-backed startup.

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Jun 02 2020 · 47mins
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#6 → Shawn Xu: Globetrotting and Gaining Perspective (part 2)

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Among other topics, in the second part of this conversation we touch on mentors, college entrepreneurship and getting a foothold in venture.

If you're building something (especially if it's in the elder care space), check out Mike Maples Jr.'s podcast — — and slide in Shawn's DMs! Twitter linked below...

[0:31]: Shawn's take on the landscape of college entrepreneurship

[3:38]: How he thinks about cultivating an "information diet"

[8:15]: Learning under the legendary Ann Miura-Ko and Mike Maples Jr. at Floodgate

[14:47]: The acute impact Eric Liu and Jack Dorsey have had on Shawn's life

[17:25]: An author and podcast recommendation

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Feb 04 2020 · 22mins
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#5 → Shawn Xu: Globetrotting and Gaining Perspective (part 1)

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Ethan sits down with Shawn Xu of Floodgate, recently named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in venture.

Shawn shares how his passion for different cultures has guided him from launching international markets at Square, to investing in brilliant student founders at Dorm Room Fund and now to learning under the legendary Ann Miura-Ko and Mike Maples Jr. at Floodgate.

Before all this, he was just a kid hustling for restaurant tips. Listen to his exceptional story and much more, here.

[1:33]: Growing up an immigrant in SF's backyard

[11:58]: How Shawn evaluates opportunities in international markets

[16:59]: Why business school is worth it sometimes

[19:45]: The exceptional Dorm Room Fund family

[22:26]: On being non-consensus and right

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Feb 03 2020 · 26mins
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Opportunities in Eldercare and Aging with Natalie Dillon, Lisa Marrone and Shawn Xu

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On this episode Erik is joined by three guests, each with a personal connection to elder care:

- Natalie Dillon (@ntdillon), investor at Maveron
- Shawn Xu (@shawnxu), managing partner at Dorm Room Fund
- Lisa Marrone (@marronelisa), VC at August Capital

They start off by discussing Lisa's recent post about how we can better care for our elders and how to solve the often-occurring problem of loneliness in the elderly.

Throughout the episode the guests mention a bunch of startups doing great things, such as preventing falls using technology, connect college students and elders, and even detecting Alzheimer's using artificial intelligence.

They talk about the three main categories that they see in the space: digital therapeutics, virtual companionship and new models for residential care. Baby Boomers have different needs than those a decade or more older than them, and the four of them talk about how Boomers plan to age differently. They also point out how connected to technology Boomers are (60% of 65-69 year olds in the US have a smartphone).

Erik asks what their requests for startups would be in the space as well as what some of the challenges are for companies looking to create a business in the area.

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Dec 28 2018 · 35mins