Official Bio

Jason Shen is a product manager, author, and tech entrepreneur.

He is a product manager at Etsy, where he helps build features and improve the experience for 1.5M active sellers across the marketplace. Previously, he held roles in product and marketing at Percolate – an enterprise software company, worked with the White House and the Smithsonian as a Presidential Innovation Fellow, and co-founded venture-backed YC startup called Ridejoy.

Jason began his career as the business manager for The Stanford Daily, after earning a BS and MS in biology from Stanford University, where he lead the mens gymnastics team to win gold at the NCAA national championships. He continues to stay active, running in the NYC and SF Marathons and setting the Guinness World Record in Aztec Push-Ups. Hailing from Newton, MA, Jason spent nearly a decade in Silicon Valley before moving back to the East Coast, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

About the Art of Ass-Kicking

I started this blog in 2010 as a way to document my experiences working at a startup. Since then, I’ve written 300+ posts about everything from my time as a gymnast, to great books I’ve read, to advice on a career in technology, lessons on doing startups, to frameworks for thinking, to a variety of personal challenges, thought-provoking quotes, and even personal failures.

The Art of Ass-Kicking has appeared in Vanity Fair, Mixergy, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Lifehacker, and Outside Magazine. Mashable once put me in a dubiously-researched list of “The Fittest People in Tech“. More importantly, it has allowed me to connect with interesting people from all across the globe and it’s an effort I find deeply fulfilling.

Stuff I’ve Done

I have a pretty diverse set of interests and experiences, so here’s just a quick look into those. Have a more typical paragraph length bio on hand if you need one.

  • Co-founded Ridejoy, a Y Combinator backed startup that built a network of 30k+ drivers and passengers sharing rides across the US and Canada.
  • Set a Guinness World Record for Most Number of Aztec Push-Ups completed in One Minute (50 – Jan 2014)
  • Chosen by the White House to serve as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the Smithsonian.
  • Trained and competed as a nationally competitive gymnast for 10 years and helped Stanford win a national championship
  • Wrote an Amazon best-selling book called Winning Isn’t Normal: Meditations on the Art of Ass-Kicking.
  • Worked as a product and marketing strategist for organizations ranging from seed and Series A startups to an international development bank.
  • Embarked on personal challenges like getting rejected every day for 30 days, and training for different fitness challenges every month for a year.

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Speaking / Consulting

Beyond this blog, I enjoy finding ways to work with great organizations to share ideas, train teams, and build interesting things. Here are some of the places I’ve spoken or consulted with:

  • Google
  • Failcon
  • InterAmerican Development Bank
  • Ignite SF
  • Ignite NYC
  • Perfect Audience (Marin Software)
  • George Mason University
  • Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Center


I love meeting new people —  reach me at @jasonshen or jasonyshen at the Google mail.


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