Hey, I’m Jason. I believe that every day is a chance to unlock new possibilities for ourselves—and rising to that challenge takes guts, discipline, and imagination.
About the Blog
Since 2010, The Art of Ass-Kicking has been where I examine the strategies that individuals and organizations use to achieve and sustain high performance. I also write regularly for Fast Company and Better Humans.
Note: all writing on this site represents my personal views and not the views of any current or past employers.
I’ve been blogging here for nearly a decade, so there’s a lot to go through, but here some of my favorite and most-read pieces:
- 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
Press & Contributed Pieces
My writing and work has also appeared in other publications. Here are some to check out:
- Vox: Why Always Be My Maybe’s Asian American underachiever is groundbreaking
- Fast Company: I’m a former elite athlete and I call BS on tech’s obsession with working long hours
- Indiana Business Times: Indy Tech Company Acquires New York Platform (press)
- Better Humans: How to Dramatically Improve Your Public Speaking + the podcast interview follow up
- NYTimes: What It’s Really Like to Risk it All in Silicon Valley (interview)
- Fast Company: The Networking Secret That Only Requires Writing Four Emails A Year
- Sweet and Sour: Eat Bitter (ft Jason Shen) (podcast interview)
- Quartz: Enough with the excuses. It’s time to pay women what they’re worth with titles to match
- The Art of Authenticity: Jason Shen (podcast)
- The Atlantic: Asian Americans Feel Held Back at Work by Stereotypes (interview)
- Pando: Smithsonian turns to crowdsourcing for massive digitization project (press)
- TechCrunch: Ridejoy Brings Its Ridesharing Service To The iPhone, Wants To Be Your Roadtrip Matchmaker (press)
- NYTimes: Would You Trust Ridejoy’s Website? (interview)
I’m the cofounder and CEO of Midgame, a company that helps gamers and esports teams play at their best with voice-enabled tools and experiences.
My first startup, Ridejoy, competed with early versions of Lyft and was backed by Y Combinator and top Silicon Valley investors. My most recent company, the tech hiring platform Headlight, was acquired in 2019. I’ve written for Fast Company and Quartz, been interviewed by The New York Times and The Atlantic, and spoken on four continents at places like Google, Amazon, Pinterest, and TED.
I earned a BS and MS in biology at Stanford University, where I learned to think empirically like a scientist. I also captained Stanford’s men’s gymnastics team to the 2009 NCAA team championship, where I learned that nothing beats winning as a team.
As first-generation immigrant, I advocate on behalf of Asian Americans, in part by running The Asian American Man Study, and serve on the board of directors for the national civic tech nonprofit, the Presidential Innovation Fellowship Foundation.
I grew outside of Boston, spent almost a decade in Silicon Valley, and now live with my wife Amanda in Brooklyn… but I’ll never root for the Yankees.