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Shawn Tsao

Umai Hospitality Group, Founder; Caviar, Co-Founder

Shawn is a proud Chinese-American immigrant who grew up in the Los Angeles area. He is an alumnus of UC Berkeley class of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Minor in Sustainable Design. During his senior year, he joined his college friends to start a daily deals company called Munch On Me (YC class of S11) and dove into the tech startup industry. He later co-founded a food delivery company, Caviar, in early 2012. Caviar was acquired by Square, now a public company, in 2014 and then acquired again by DoorDash in 2019. He is currently a Co-Founder and General Partner of Beluga Capital which has invested and advised in several food tech startups, restaurants, and numerous other companies. He is also currently a Senior Advisor at Grishin Robotics. Besides tech, Shawn is the founding partner of Umai Hospitality Group, a restaurant group invested in major franchises like The Halal Guys and Bonchon Fried Chicken, along with local brands like Rooster and Rice.