Shawn Thorne
/    Partner, Managing Director of the Venture Capital Practice
Shawn is managing director and head of True’s Venture Capital practice. During his time at True, he has led more than 150 executive searches and helped build True’s Product, Data & Technology practice.  He specializes in bringing top technical leadership to venture-backed and high-growth companies.  Some of his clients include Dropbox, 1Password, Webflow and Tenable.

Prior to joining True, Shawn spent 10+ years in startups and leading scientific innovation across the world.  He led operations and GTM for an early-stage startup where he helped secure initial venture funding and product launch.  Earlier in his career, Shawn developed scientific collaborations in more than 25 countries, working with some of the world’s top minds, including Nobel Prize winners.

Shawn has a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Boston University, a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from UC Berkeley and a Master of Business Administration degree from London Business School.  He has lived and traveled all over the world and enjoys a long run on an isolated trail or a hike through high country with his family.

Has managed projects in more than 25 countries
Formerly in charge of operations and grant research at an early stage startup
Holds Bachelor's, Ph.D. and MBA degrees
Has traveled all over the world
Enjoys long hikes, paddleboarding and coffee