Shane serves as Manager, Venture Development - Physical Sciences/Software for the University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), focused on connecting UA IP-based startup companies with the people and resources they need to grow.
Shane's background includes a mix of working in startup, corporate, and non-profit environments. He is a co-founder of Techpublic, a commercialization program that helps globally-operating corporations collaborate with mid-stage startups to solve core business challenges. His consulting firm, Your Ideas Are Terrible, has helped global corporations implement lean startup methods and build internal innovation culture since 2013. Before it was acquired by Techstars, Shane joined Startup Weekend in 2011 as the founding COO where he scaled operations to hundreds of cities and trained thousands of organizers and facilitators. Shane has worked as CMO of two venture-backed startups: Dwolla and Kohort. Shane is also the founder of the Kauffman Foundation-backed Startup Genome non-profit, which did some of the earliest research and mapping of entrepreneurial ecosystems.