David Shen is the President of David Shen Ventures, LLC. He advises and invests in early stage internet startups, helping them in the areas of user experience, product development and strategy, and online advertising.
Prior to David Shen Ventures, LLC, David was the Vice President of the User Experience and Design Team at Yahoo! for almost 8 years and has been involved in almost every product and service Yahoo! has built in the U.S. and internationally. As an early employee of Yahoo!, he lived the startup life of working long, committed, and satisfying hours and embodied the “do what it takes” attitude required for success in entrepreneurism. In living the early years of Yahoo!, David came to intimately know the fast, low-budget, “take care of your users and listen to them” and “let the consumer decide” method of internet product development. Having worked on so many Yahoo! products, David also has a broad knowledge of effective business models on the Web.
After running the User Experience group at Yahoo!, David became the VP of International Products, managing and fostering best practices in online product design worldwide. In his previous User Experience role and in this role, he gained broad knowledge in the complexities of running internet businesses in international markets and finding solutions for dealing with the effects of their cultural and regional differences.
Prior to Yahoo!, David worked as a product designer at a industrial and product design consultancy called frogdesign, where he worked on ergonomic keyboards, PCs, and toasters.
He also worked for Apple Computer for 3.5 years, designing and shipping their first ergonomic keyboard (Apple Adjustable Keyboard), their first digital camera (Quicktake 100), and their first 17-inch multimedia monitors (AppleVision 1710AV) and has first hand experience in building products using OEM vendors and working with international partners.
Recently, he joined Launch Capital, a seed stage fund based on the East Coast, as West Coast Director, responsible for investments on the West Coast and also in NYC for internet/tech/mobile.