SF Business Times 40 Under 40

The San Francisco Business Times recognizes Executive Director Shaun Tai as one of the forty most “amazing, most disruptive, most decorated or most respected business leaders under 40 years old.”

“Shaun Tai is the Executive Director of Oakland Digital, an award-winning 501(c)(3) community-building design studio bridging the digital literacy and opportunity divide among entrepreneurs and designers seeking tech & business careers.

In 2015, Shaun was selected as California State University, East Bay’s Distinguished Young Alumnus of the academic year. He has taught at San Jose State University, where he received an M.A in Architectural & Urban Design (Interdisciplinary Studies, 4.0 GPA) and a B.S in Advertising Management (Magna Cum Laude, 3.8 GPA). In 2002, Shaun graduated with honors from CSUEB with a B.A in Digital Graphics.

In 2008, Shaun successfully documented the history of Bay Area urban music, creating an online campaign that exceeded 14-million video views. The project opened his eyes to a lack of positive role models and opportunities afforded to young adults in East Bay inner-city communities—a realization that would play a large part in his decision to create Oakland Digital.

In 2004, Shaun founded ZTY Media, a full-service creative agency with clients including Facebook, Accel Partners, and the City & County of San Francisco. At Oakland Digital, his digital entrepreneurship has led to a $3.6 million dollar boost in the East Bay economy, benefiting nearly 4,800 local students and businesses through economic empowerment and self-sufficiency.”

Video filmed by, produced, and courtesy of the San Francisco Business Times, 2017.