Expanding food tech expertise with the Co-Founder of Caviar Shawn Tsao as a new Senior Advisor

By Nuno G. Pedro


We welcome Shawn Tsao to the Grishin Robotics family, as a Senior Advisor, helping us track new trends in the food space, and identifying promising investment opportunities.

Shawn 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. 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.


The Senior Advisor program brings on visionary founders and thought leaders into the Grishin Robotics family. We are excited to add Shawn to the team to help steer our future investment strategy in the Food and Retail spaces.