Jason Shen

Jason Shen

Jason is the cofounder of Ridejoy, a YC backed community marketplace for rideshare. He blogs at The Art of Ass-Kicking & graduated from Stanford where he led the gymnastics team to an NCAA title.

Website: http://jasonshen.com
San Francisco, California, United States
Member since February 06, 2012
"Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them into submission" - Neil Kendall. Quote_down
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2008 Stanford University , BS , Biology (interdisciplinary honors)
2009 Stanford University , MS , Biology

I am a(n):


If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I love eating Ramen.

My favorite startups:

Airbnb, Kiva, Mailchimp, Okcupid, Twitter, Runkeeper, Evernote

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Frustrating: the constant feeling that there is more work to do and more obstacles thrown in our path everyday.

Rewarding: the chance to work with people you trust and respect on a product that has a real and positive impact on people's lives.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Not being relentlessly resourceful enough.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Everything takes longer than you think
Uncertainty and ambiguity will always be there
Stay focused on your top priorities

Full bio

Jason Shen is an entrepreneur, blogger and athlete.

He is the cofounder of Ridejoy,  a community marketplace of friendly people sharing rides along the West Coast. Ridejoy is a Y Combinator company and announced a $1.3M round of funding in early 2012.

Jason also is the author of The Art of Ass-Kicking, a blog on conquering fear and doing epic sh*t which has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Hacker News, Startup Digest and was named one of the "Top 10 Must Read Blogs for Entrepreneurs" by Grasshopper.

Jason studied biology and philosophy at Stanford where he co-captained an NCAA championship-winning gymnastics team. After spending over a decade as a nationally competitive gymnast, Jason is evolving into a distance runner and training for his 1st marathon.