I’ve had the opportunity to speak in a variety of events and venues, from keynote speeches, to all-day workshops, to lightning talks. I love connecting with people who are excited to learn something new, and my talks always involve audience interaction and leave people with big ideas and something they can go home and use the next day.

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Bio / Intro

Jason Shen is a serial entrepreneur & TED speaker. He is the CEO of Headlight, a performance hiring platform, and previously co-founded a Y Combinator-backed startup called Ridejoy in 2011. He served as Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF) under the Obama administration and now sits on the board of the PIF Foundation.

Jason has written about business and leadership for FastCompany and Quartz, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Vanity Fair. He holds two degrees from Stanford, where as team captain, he helped win an NCAA title in men’s gymnastics. In 2015, Jason set a Guinness world record in Aztec Pushups.


Past Speaking Engagements

General Assembly
Product Management — Accelerated Course
February 2017, New York, NY
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TED Residency
Hiring for the Future
November 2017, New York, NY
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The Five Personas of Product Management (and How to Hire for Them)
Ship Your Side Project Workshop
October 2017, Lisbon, Portugal
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Product School
The Five Personas of Product Management
September 2017, New York, NY

C.I.T.Y. Club Gymnastics Academy
Lessons From a Gymnastics Life
June 2017, Chicago, IL

Tech and Asian American men
May 2017, San Francisco, CA
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Building Strong Teams and Products
March 2017, Amsterdam, Holland
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Ship Your Side Project Workshop
February 2017, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
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Citizen Designer Now! February Townhall (Panelist)
February 2017, New York, NY
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PRCA State Conference // Auburn University
How to Compete in a Winner-Take All World
April 2016, Auburn, AL
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Tacklebox Accelerator
14 Compelling Startup Pitch Archetypes
February 2016, New York, NY
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Ignite Gotham: The New Workplace
Feedback Is a Gift
May 2015, San Francisco, CA
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Suzhou University
Owning Your Future Through Entrepreneurship
November 2014, Suzhou, China

MaGIC Academy
Set Yourself on Fire: Startup Lessons from a YC Founder
November 2014, Cyberjaya, Malaysia
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Work—Bench Workshop
Marketing & Product Design for the Enterprise with Dom Goodrum
July 2014, New York, NY
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Lessons on Building a Nationwide Ridesharing Platform
January 2014, Mountain View, CA

How to Quit Your Startup
October 2013, San Francisco, CA
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Inter-American Development Bank
We’ve Read Your Blog: Creating Compelling Corporate Content (team training)
October 2013, Washington D.C.

George Mason University
Digital Marketing (guest speaker)
November 2013, Fairfax, VA

Ignite SF
Rejection Therapy: What I Learned From Getting Rejected Everyday for Month
April 2012, San Francisco, CA
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“Jason was great, and super impressive as a first-time instructor. He kept the class engaged, came up with fantastic examples on the fly to illustrate his point, drew on a wide variety of personal experience and anecdotes, and kept the class moving on a really good timeline. Would absolutely take a class from him again.”

Student Feedback from General Assembly Course

“As a follower and fan of Jason’s work, I was confident he could put together a powerful message for our PR group, despite the fact that public relations wasn’t precisely his field. I could not have predicted or been more pleased with the outstanding results. The work that Jason put into preparing his presentation, into researching our experiences and expectations, was far beyond that of our “typical” presenters. Rather than delivering a canned speech pulled from an existing repertoire, Jason went out of his way to customize a message that was germane, engaging, and fresh. I could not have predicted or been more pleased with the outstanding results.”

Robyn Bridges, Public Relations Council of Alabama

“Less than a minute into the presentation any hesitation I’d felt was gone. Jason commands the room – he’s a fantastic storyteller and immediately gets everyone engaged. He outlined 12 different types of pitches, going into detail on what makes each pitch effective. He then had our startups pick a pitch that resonated with them and present on the spot. He gave insightful, actionable feedback after each.

We refer to his deck and presentation constantly and he was the highest rated speaker in our program. Hiring Jason is a no brainer.”

Brian Scortado, Tacklebox Accelerator

“Jason’s workshop on blog writing was one of the most productive we have ever held. He packed a startling amount of practical advice (and humor) into two hours, and his advice reflected extensive preparation and understanding of our business and our audience.”

Paul R. Constance, Inter-American Development Bank

“It was terrific having Jason in to speak to our enterprise community at our Work-Bench Workshop. Jason did a fantastic job of not only sharing the tactical secret sauce behind Percolate’s marketing success – but also the greater story and vision, which is just as critical (if not most important of all) to the success of anyone building out a marketing engine.”

Jessica Lin, work-bench



MaGIC 2014

Failcon 2013