Shane Walsh

Shane Walsh Executive Advisor – COO, Venture Capital

Shane Walsh brings deep and successful operational, business development, leadership, and management experience spanning six different industries including military service. Shane is the son of a Founder who built a small industrial equipment rental company in Houston, Texas, and sold the company to a large private strategic acquirer shortly after Shane joined the business. While transitioning and scaling the company from a family-owned business to a multi-site corporate enterprise with no employee turnover, he rose to the position of Division Vice President and led the business through two private equity sales and two recapitalizations over the next six years. Shane oversaw the growth of the business from 14 to 50 employees, and revenue growth from $4M to more than $18M. During this growth, the company introduced new products and services and expanded its footprint into new geographic territories, including three new regional offices.

During his tenure, Shane identified, interviewed, hired, and trained each of the additional personnel in the company. He designed and executed all of the personnel training programs, and developed expansion plans for new employees and new regional offices, all of which led the organization to significant profit increases in their first years of operation.

Shane later served as Senior Vice President of a Houston-based oilfield services business and supervised the well service and water transfer businesses in Texas, Colorado, North Dakota, and California. His division included 200 employees and generated revenues of over $45M. After relocating to Austin in 2013, Shane served as Director of Business Development for an Austin-based software company specializing in RFID-enabled asset management. He was also recruited to serve on the Board of Directors of a venture-backed technology company.

Shane gained valuable leadership and management experience as a Field Director for a nationwide financial services company, where he identified, assessed, recruited, trained, and led a team of investment professionals providing structured products and services. His personal production ranked in the top 5% of his peer group, and his team rose to become the top-ranked unit among his peer groups in the Southern region of the United States.
In 2015, Shane co-founded a venture capital firm with an Army veteran to invest in Texas-based technology companies with significant early traction and a proven product. Most importantly, the firm based investment decisions largely on the leadership ability of the team in place – not simply on their intelligence or ability to innovate. Shane built all of the firm’s processes, procedures, and infrastructure and served as the operating partner of the firm.

Most recently, Shane served as the Chief Operating Officer for a large commercial real estate firm in Austin. Shane led efforts to build structure and sustainability into the business during a period of rapid growth and simultaneously launched a new investment fund to invest in Austin-based commercial real estate projects.

Shane received a four-year Army ROTC scholarship and earned a BS in Marketing at Boston College. He subsequently served in the United States Army with the 1st Infantry Division as a Tank Platoon Leader and Tank Company Executive Officer. He is an avid triathlete and has completed over 30 sprint, Olympic, and half-iron distance races. Shane resides in Austin, Texas with his wife and two sons.

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