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Mike Shim

Managing Partner

Mike Shim joined Cava as Managing Partner in 2016 and will run our Silicon Valley presence. Mike is a veteran technology and consumer products executive, entrepreneur and early stage investor, based in Silicon Valley. Most recently he was the founder and CEO of True North Cos., a venture operating company building valuable, purpose-driven companies in mobile commerce, SMB/local, financial services and consumer products. He is as an Executive in Residence at AME Cloud Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang. Mike co-founded New Frontier Foods Inc., an innovative healthy and sustainable food company and Cava Capital portfolio investment, where he serves on the Board of Directors.

Mike has invested in and advised numerous startups based in Silicon Valley and internationally, including Pinterest (mobile commerce), Fanatics (sports apparel ecommerce), Omaze (crowdfunding once-in-a-lifetime experiences), Dealoyal (payment card-linked mobile loyalty) and Flint Mobile (mobile POS without extra hardware). He has been a Venture Partner with Nextury Ventures, a Lithuanian-based incubator and venture capital firm, and served on the Digital Advisory Board of ProSiebenSat.1, a publicly-traded European media and cable company.

Prior to starting and investing in companies, Mike served in global business development and general manager positions at Groupon, where he was instrumental in creating one of the industry’s early “mobile first” ecommerce businesses, and Yahoo!, where his team built and managed over 100 strategic partnerships with global mobile operators, OEMs and developers. Mike began his career as an M&A lawyer at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where he worked on telecom, media and technology deals.

Mike has a J.D. from Cornell Law School, and a B.A. from Georgetown University. He serves as co-President of the Georgetown Technology Alliance, a professional association of technology executives in Silicon Valley.