Building Something Out of Nothing

In tech, we tend to lionize the founders who make the leap into working on their idea full-time. We celebrate when people quit their jobs and talk about “building the plane on the way down”.

But not everyone is interested or in a position to leave gainful employment to explore a new field or build something they can see in their mind. And not every great idea requires a full-time commitment.

Over the past month and a half, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya and I have worked with a new cohort at Ship Your Side Project consisting of passionate, brave, and persistent men and women who have something they wanted to make real.

Week by week, they’ve started to realize and refine their ideas, from a site that lets you guess how much you’ve spent on, to a mobile app that’ll keep your digital life safe, to a guide that helps parents inspire their children’s creativity, we have enjoyed watching this cohort ask questions, iterate on ideas, push through obstacles, and launch something out into the world.

I hope you’ll take a moment and learn more about the projects they’ve shipped. We’re very proud of them and what they’ve accomplished.

—> #Shipped—celebrating our side projects

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Jason Shen

Jason is a tech entrepreneur and talent expert. He is CEO of a performance hiring platform called Headlight, a Fast Company contributor, and an advocate for Asian American men. Follow him on Twitter at @jasonshen and subscribe to his private newsletter.

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