Founder of Photojojo Needs Your Help

Note: this post is important, please read it all the way to the end

Photojojo is an amazing email newsletter on photography – I started getting it way back in 2006 (5 years ago) and half of what I know about personality in products is from their quirky, passionate and fun newsletter. I even applied to work there a few years ago.

I got to meet Amit in person in the interview and though we didn’t end up working togehter, I’m grateful to have met the warm, thoughtful person behind Photojo. Check out my application!

Beside Photojojo, Amit’s also a coworking hipster in that he was doing coworking before coworking was cool. As the co-founder of Jelly (back in 2006), he’s shown thousands of creative independent workers the pleasure and productivity that comes from working together and alongside each other. Jelly is in 100 cities and has inspired countless other coworking projects.

Amit Needs Our Help

I share this with you because not only is Amit a cool guy who we can all learn and be inspired by, but he’s also in some trouble. He recently was diagnosed with Leukemia, a blood cancer which kills 200k+ Americans a year. Fortunately there is something he can do – a bone marrow transfusion. Unfortunately, Amit is South Asian and South Asians are severly underrepresented in the Bone Marrow Registry (chances of finding a match is 1 in 20,000!).

I believe that Art of Ass-Kicking readers want to add value to the world. I imagine that many of you entrepreneurial types hope to become successful in order to become a philthropist. I’m sure you all want to give back and do good for the world.

Well this is your chance.

It’s not Business, It’s Personal

You may not realize it but donating blood, joining the bone marrow registry and signing up as an organ donor are an enormous way to give back to the world. As a personal aside – I blew out my knee a big way. I tore four ligaments in my knee, and have had multiple reconstructive surgeries. I was only able to return to competition and now am only able enjoy running 5ks in my skivvies because there were people generous enough to sign away their organs in an event of an untimely demise.

Additionally, I wrote my honors thesis on the ethical allocation of liver transplantation. And I’ll tell you, the most depressing thing is the fact that there are so many people who need organ transplants and so few people signed up to donate.

Steve’s Savior

As you all know by know, Steve Jobs, cofounder and CEO of Apple, Inc, died earlier this week from cancer. He was able to go as long as he did in part because he had a liver transplant from a generous soul who was able to offer it. This was a big deal for Steve on a personal level. I know many people are saddened by his death. Why not do something about it? Become an organ donor and sign up for a bone marrow transplant. No one ought to die before their time and you can take simple actions that might the world to someone like Steve, or Amit.

Step up to the Plate

So here’s the deal:

If you’re in NYC, come out to the party that they’re holding for Amit: WANTED: Brown Bones Benefit Party

No matter what:  go sign up to get swabbed. Join the Match Registry and also sign up to be an organ donor (California link). It’s free (there’s an optional place to make a donation) and is a little bit of a hassle to do – but honestly, it’s a small inconvenience compared to the chance that you might save someone’s life.

And go tell your friends to get swabbed as well. This matters.

Thank you.

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Jason Shen

Jason is a tech entrepreneur and advocate for Asian American men. He's written extensively and spoken all over the world about how individuals and organizations develop their competitive advantage. Follow him at @jasonshen.

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