Hi there, I’m Jason Shen. I’m a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up in the suburbs of Boston and spent nearly a decade in Silicon Valley before settling into New York City.
Since 2010, I’ve been writing at The Art of Ass-Kicking about how individuals and organizations gain and keep the competitive advantage.
I’m building a platform that makes hiring a more fair, transparent, and streamlined process for candidates and hiring managers. I also advocate on behalf of Asian Americans, particularly men, through the Asian American Man Study which surveys hundreds of East, Southeast, and South Asian men annually.
I have written for Fast Company and Quartz, been quoted in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Outside Magazine, and APM’s Marketplace, and spoken at places like Google, Auburn University, and the Inter-american Development Bank.
I was previously a product manager at Etsy, where I focused on building products that served our creative entrepreneurs through our seller-facing mobile apps. Before that, I served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow under President Obama and co-founded a Y Combinator-backed startup called Ridejoy, which helped tens of thousands of people share long-distance rides across the US and Canada.
Prior to all that, I earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology from Stanford University, where I was captain of the NCAA championship-winning gymnastics team in 2009. I continue to pursue physical fitness: I ran the San Francisco Marathon in 2012, set the Guinness world record in Aztec push-ups in 2015, and was named as one of the fittest people in tech by Mashable and Men’s Fitness.
I’ve written over 300 posts on this blog, so there’s a lot to go through, but here are a handful of my favorite ones:
- Ridejoy: Lessons Learned
- Beyond the 10,000 Hour Rule
- An Open Letter to Managers of Women
- The New Napster: How Sci Hub is Blowing Up the Academic Publishing Industry
- No Silver Bullets: Etsy’s Randy Hunt on Product Design
- 17 Essential Best Practices for Making Things Happen
- Eleven Compelling Startup Pitch Archetypes
- How I Blew Out My Knee and Came Back to Win a National Championship
- How Gymnastics Taught Me to Man Up, Get Tough and Crush Fear
Note: the writing on this site represent my personal views and not the views of any current or past employers.
Beyond this blog, I enjoy finding ways to work with great organizations to share ideas, hold workshops, and train teams. Learn more about my speaking work here.
I love meeting new people — reach me at @jasonshen or with the form below
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