Presidential Innovation Fellow Jason Shen Publishes Book on Winning

By David Li,

Boston, Nov. 25, 2013, — Winning NCAA championship as a member of Stanford’s gymnastic team, running a start-up high-tech company, and being selected as Presidential Innovation Fellow, Newton, Mass. native Jason Shen knows well about winning. He recently added another distinction to his resume: author of an e-book that made to bestseller list.

A graduate of Newton North High School in 2004, Jason Shen received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Stanford University. His father Dr. Anping Shen is a well-respected educator in the greater Boston Chinese community. In Winning Isn’t Normal by Amazon Kindle Publishing, Jason Shen outlines the elements of winning from different themes. The e-book is available at for $7.99, and makes a perfect gift for the this holiday season.

During a recent phone interview, Jason Shen mentioned that the e-book made to Amazon’s best seller list in the gymnastic category shortly after it was published in October 2013. Winning Isn’t Normal was based his blog posts on jasonshen.coom. Jason Shen suggested that readers don’t have to read it page by page like traditional books as you can click on links to articles of related topic at bottom of each article. He stressed that he encouraged young people to turn thoughts into action, and not to be afraid of taking risks in this book.

“Over the course of many months, I put together a book that spans three major themes: focusing our Minds, strengthening our Bodies, and increasing the impact of our Work. I edited and rewrote thirty-one essays (representing over 50k words), designed a cover and three pieces of original quote typography, recruited Sebastian Marshall to write a foreword, and navigated the Amazon Kindle Publishing program,” Jason Shen wrote on his blog.

After he graduated from Stanford University in 2009, Jason Shen worked full-time for Stanford Daily for one year. He then founded a car sharing website with two friends. In June 2011, raised $1.3 million venture investment. “We had 8 people, and worked on that for 18 months. But we got stuck, and the company was not growing anymore. We had to let staff go,” said Jason Shen over the phone. He stopped working for in May 2013.

(L to R)Presidential Innovation Fellows Diego Mayer-Cantu, Sarah Allen and Jason Shen at the Smithsonian.

In June 2013, Jason Shen became a Presidential Innovation Fellow after a highly competitive selection process. He now works on initiatives to strengthen the Smithsonian Institution’s digital enterprise. “It’s been a great learning experience.” Jason Shen mentioned that he plans to move to NYC or San Fransisco after the six-month fellowship ends at end of the year. No doubt, Jason Shen will be ready to start a new adventure by then.