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Paul Shustak

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

Seasoned entrepreneur w/strong tech/product chops + MBA . Currently @cyanogen. Former MSFT, Adobe, Sony. Founder KOR Water.

Seasoned entrepreneur w/strong tech/product chops + MBA . Currently @cyanogen. Former MSFT, Adobe, Sony. Founder KOR Water.

10 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Caring Technologies


Flow Labs
KOR Water
Tikclone LLC
KOR Water


Board Member KOR Water January 2014 - present
Head of Marketing (Interim) Cyanogen May 2016 - July 2016
Chief of Staff and Head of Marketing Cyanogen January 2015 - present
Founder/CEO Caring Technologies July 2016 - present
Head of Marketing Cyanogen May 2016 - July 2016
Chief of Staff Cyanogen January 2015 - April 2016
Chief of Staff to CEO Cyanogen January 2015 - present
Founder GroupDragon October 2013 - January 2015
Mentor StartEngine March 2013 - March 2014
Co-founder and COO KOR October 2008 - October 2013
Group Product Manager Adobe Systems May 2006 - September 2008
Senior Product Manager, Sony Connect Music Service Sony July 2003 - May 2006
Product Planner Microsoft - Windows eHome Division January 2002 - July 2003
Director, Digital Media Consulting Loudeye May 2000 - December 2001
Product Manager, Windows Platforms Microsoft March 1998 - March 2000
Producer, MSN Microsoft July 1996 - March 1998
Program Manager, Encarta Microsoft March 1995 - July 1996
Producer The Voyager Company May 1993 - December 1994


MBA Indiana University, Kelly School of Business Strategy & Marketing 2004 - 2007
NYU ITP Human Computer Interface 1991 - 1993
Purchase College Art History/Film
Stuyvesant High School

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Growth
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Geriatrics
  • • CFA
  • • Gerontology
  • • Elder law
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Hardware
  • • Healthcare
  • • Music
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Edutainment
  • • In-classroom learning (K-12)
  • • Lifelong Learning (outside of school)
  • • Youth Leadership
  • • Higher Education
  • • Fitness
  • • Nutrition
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Wellness

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Competition • Product management • Product Marketing • Startups • Strategic Partnerships

Key Accomplishments

I'm a seasoned exec and entrepreneur, having spent the past 20 years leading and mentoring teams in highly demanding startup and corporate environments.

At heart I'm a product person, but one who knows it takes a lot more than a good idea to bring something great to market and build a business around it.  As a result I've gotten hands-on experience across Finance, SalesMarketing and Business Development and Ops.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

Divide and conquer. There will always be areas of overlap, but I find the most productive approach is for each cofounder to own a specific area and drive forward with regular sync-ups and collaborative work sessions. Setting aside time for fun and letting off steam is important to me as well.

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Benjamin Buadu
They're my friends
Paul has successfully build and run profitable companies already and is very driven to succeed in his projects. He builds teams to work wit ... h and will put in what it takes to get the job done.
Babette Pepaj
They're my friends
Paul has good follow through and seems to work well in teams - leading the way to success.
Elliot Darvick
They're my friends
He has such a diverse collection of experiences to draw from in pursuing entrepreneurial ambitions. He also has an incredibly positive outlo ... ok and quite the inquisitive mind.
Shaahin Cheyene
They're my friends
Marketing genius!
Keith Pickholz
We worked together at Microsoft
Paul has already succeeded with his first venture, Kor, and that makes it more likely that he will do it again. He brings all the assets tha ... t enabled him to create Kor, along with the added experience he now has to draw on.
Jason Ziemianski
We worked together
Paul is a very well-rounded entrepreneur combining great skill in product, strategy and management. He understands how to strike the balance ... between innovation and market-viability to ensure a business has the firm footing to be successful. I always learn something new when I speak to Paul.
We worked together
I believe Paul already is a great entrepreneur. His company was built from nothing because he saw a need and filled it with an uncompromis ... ing drive to create a truly beautiful and useful product.
We worked together
Paul has a great strategic mind coupled with strong discipline in execution. He's an excellent project/product manager and highly capable b ... ringing big ideas to life.
Diego Machado
CEO & Co-Founder, TowerHouseStudio.
He's very focused on the problem at hand, I was a consultant for one of his projects and he made my work really easy thank to his great abil ... ity to communicate a complex problem in an easy way
Armando Pena
We worked together  •  Co-Founder & CTO, P4RC, Inc..
Paul has great and unique insights into a variety of products and technologies. He has been a great resource to consult when making tough de ... cisions in terms of product direction and go to market strategies. He is also always available even on the weekends and I can't underscore how important is to be able to count on him when needed.