Shawn Xu is an early stage investor at Floodgate, working under Mike Maples and Ann Miura-Ko as the firm's first senior associate. He was previously managing partner of First Round's Dorm Room Fund, where he made more than 20 pre-seed investments in startups built by student founders. His writing on the university startup ecosystem has been featured on Forbes, TechCrunch, and Startup Grind. Before venture capital, Shawn managed international expansion at Square and Vungle (acquired by Blackstone for $780 million). He was also on the founding team of a Y Combinator-backed startup that built data analytics software for government agencies.