Forty Under Forty Shaun Tai

San Francisco Business Times
SFBT names Forty Under 40: Shaun Tai, Oakland Digital

Shaun Tai
CEO, Oakland Digital


What the company does:
Not-for-profit design studio that trains community college students to create social marketing campaigns for under-resourced small business owners.

Tai founded Oakland Digital in 2009 and to-date the organization has positively impacted the lives of nearly 6,000 Oakland and East Bay students and entrepreneurs, boosting the local economy by $4.8 million by bridging the digital literacy and opportunity divide. Last year, Shaun launched, a platform funded by and the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation that connects early stage creatives to professional opportunities.


B.A. from Cal State East Bay, B.S. and M.A. from San Jose State

Proudest professional accomplishment:
Starting a non-profit (Oakland Digital) with just $300

Best advice received:
You can do better (thanks Mom)

Word that best describes you:

Most surprising fact about you:
I was a rapper

Favorite job perk:
Daily bike rides (lunch break) around Lake Merritt

Favorite causes:
Economic empowerment, digital divide, opportunity