Shawn Thorne

Partner San Francisco Email LinkedIn

Shawn is a Partner at True, focusing on product and engineering searches. His clients include leading companies such as BuzzFeed and SolarWinds. Prior to joining True, Shawn worked for over ten years in scientific research and technology management. Formerly in charge of operations and grant research at an early-stage, venture-backed startup, Shawn brings a passion for technology and growth. He has developed scientific collaborations in over 25 countries, working with some of the world’s top minds, including Nobel Prize winners.

Shawn has a B.A. in Physics from Boston University, a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from UC Berkeley and an MBA from London Business School. He has traveled all over the world and enjoys a long hike on an isolated trail, paddleboarding down the coast and a great cup of coffee.

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Has managed projects in over 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