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O.Shane Balloun

Advisor United States, US

Ex-Googler. Angel. Attorney for high-tech clients (business, licensing & IP, formation, funding, M&A, commercial). Lic. CA, WA, WY, CO, ND.

Ex-Googler. Angel. Attorney for high-tech clients (business, licensing & IP, formation, funding, M&A, commercial). Lic. CA, WA, WY, CO, ND.

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Involved In


[Stealth Mode Company]
Super Stealth Startup
Balloun Law Professional Corpora


Bar Examiner (Member of the Board of Bar Examiners) Washington State Bar Association May 2013 - present
Attorney / Shareholder Balloun Law Professional Corporation September 2012 - present
Extern Law Clerk United States District Court for the District of Wyoming January 2010 - May 2010
Extern Law Clerk State of Wyoming August 2009 - December 2009
Policy Specialist / Support Engineer Google September 2002 - March 2008
Competitive Intelligence Analyst Maxtor April 2001 - August 2002
Product Planning Analyst Quantum August 2000 - April 2001


Tulane University Law School 2011 - 2012
University of Wyoming College of Law 2008 - 2011
Cornell University Mathematics

Interested In

Advisor With
  • • Marketing
  • • Fundraising
  • • Seed funding
  • • Business Development
  • • Legal
Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Games
  • • Local
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Photos
  • • Productivity Tools
  • • Recruiting
  • • Robotics
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Transportation
  • • Travel
  • • Video

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

Currently assist clients (as legal counsel) in the cloud-computing, educational, analytics, design & marketing, and other spaces. Advise in commercial, IP-licensing, VC funding, M&A, and formation matters as well as serve as outside general counsel.

Invested in several Y Combinator companies for successful exits.

Helped launch Gmail and later to internationalize the product. Scaled the internal CRM system for user-help. Worked on the AdSense team to build better mathematical models to combat click-fraud.

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James Cunningham
We worked together at Quantum Corporation
1. He has experienced a company failing (Quantum), which is a very important lesson most do not get to experience 2. He has experienced a ... company succeeding (Google) 3. He has started his own firm 4. He is very driven and intelligent
Jon Doyel
They're my friends
I wasn't allowed to check enough boxes in Step 3; O.Shane is one of the most intelligent people I've known. He can quickly analyze a situati ... on/idea/strategy from multiple angles, form a reasoned opinion, communicate his conclusion and supportive arguments (also from multiple angles to suit his audience), and build consensus. He's a natural leader with charm and warmth to match his intelligence. I am convinced there is nothing he could not accomplish.
Roy Gilbert
We worked together at Google
O.Shane is a smart and driven guy. He's passionate about what he does and makes things happen. He's the type of person that makes a startup ... better.
Suzanne Abbott
We worked together at Google
O.Shane is an information sponge, self-motivated leader, and very personable. Whatever he takes an interest in, from technology to law to po ... litics to business, he learns many facets and viewpoints and is able to articulate them in a clear, relaxed manner. He works well with a wide range of employees from new hires to seasoned engineers to senior management, so I have no doubt that he will succeed in his entrepreneurial endeavors.
We worked together at Google
O.Shane is an ideas person who *executes*. After Google, he has followed his passion for law, even getting the *very* select admiralty law d ... egree on top of JD, started his solo practice and is now pursuing his entrepreneurial dreams. While passionate about his own ideas (that he communicates very clearly), he pays attention to what others have to say. He can make your ideas actually happen. He can set right directions and milestones for your actions. And he will make sure everything you say or do is legit. Seek his counsel for both law and business.
Adam Corkins
They're my friends
O. Shane is intelligent, insightful, winsome and builds trust. He brings great understanding to organization of the new venture. He has a so ... lid network of former colleagues and friend he could draw on for introductions and advise. He has great experience in areas of technology and fast growing markets that would serve his team mates well. He develops a point of view and while he remains open to change he can be quite persuasive while remaining calm and respectful. He is not afraid to speak up if he believes there is a better way and often has a unique perspective that is rationale and data driven. He has a strong work ethic and knows when to put in the long hours to make a deadline. He is the one person I know I want as an advisor, partner or investor for any future venture.