What Giving a TED Talk Taught Me About Becoming a Better Speaker

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The ability to communicate a message, sell an idea, or paint a vision is a critical skill for anyone who wants to have an impact on the world. …


The Law of the Instrument. When Aggressive Tactics Backfire. How Much Money is Enough? Who Guards the Guards?

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There have been 11 days and nights of…


An interview with Catalina Xavlena, Samantha Espinoza, Sophia Rocha, and Mercedes Burke—the core organizers of Oakland Worker’s Fund

In April 2020, 13 Fund along with our donor network announced we were committing $100k to support food workers in the Bay Area through Oakland Worker’s Fund.

Oakland Workers Fund provides direct relief to restaurant workers who are struggling to pay rent, utilities, or support their families, specifically focusing on…


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Today we’re talking about what opportunity looks like…


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It was my 34th birthday on Friday —…


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1. Dan Pink’s “Small P” and “Big P” Purpose

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I was talking to someone…


A random walk down tech, fitness, product thinking, org design, nerd culture, and persuasion/behavior change.

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Hey ya’ll. I’m excited to try something new here. I’ve been blogging


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To celebrate 10 years of writing in public on the internet, I’m…


13 Fund’s Investment Thesis on the Four Key Drivers of Anti-Asian Harassment and Violence

An Asian man is collecting cans along the sidewalk on a Friday night in Harlem when a man attacks him from behind and stomps him repeatedly, leaving him in a coma.

Two Asian women walking together on a Sunday night in Hell’s Kitchen are attacked by a woman with a…


A Joint Venture in Angel Philanthropy

We’re donating $100k in unrestricted funds to charitable causes over the next 4 years. Here’s why and how we’re approaching it.

Thirteen years ago, Bilal Mahmood and I met in undergrad at Stanford. We joined an effort to raise funds for microfinance and together built and ran a nonprofit organization…

Jason Shen

Build products, write words & make connections. || 3x founder • 2x @GWR holder • 1x NCAA 🏆 @StanfordMGym . Immigrant + @AsianAmMan . Curious as a 🦊

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