About Jason Shellen

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As a business development director and product strategist at Pyra Labs, Jason was part of a revolution in mass communication with Blogger. Shellen & Evan Williams sold the company to the search giant Google in 2003. During his tenure at Google, Shellen started the Google Reader project & became the founding product manager, worked on a plug-in hybrid project for Google.org and helped acquire companies like Feedburner, Picasa & Measure Map.

After leaving Google, Shellen founded Thing Labs in 2008 and created social tools Plinky, Brizzly, the Brizzly Guide, & Let's Be Trends. In September 2010, Thing Labs merged with AOL. Shellen became VP of Product heading up the AIM & Messaging Group at AOL and guided the combined teams in a relaunch and rebrand of AIM.

In 2013, Shellen co-founded Boxer, a new market leading mobile application that changes the way people interact with email.

In mid-2014, Shellen founded Hike Labs to build a new social sharing application called Drafty, coming to the Apple App Store in early 2015.

Shellen advises and mentors several companies and organizations, holds patents on feed and social media technologies and in the last few years has been named to Business Insider's "Silicon Valley 100" list, a compendium of people in the Valley who have "done the coolest things".

Recently, Jason accepted a seat on the Board of Regents at his alma mater, St. Mary's College of California where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art in 1996.

Shellen resides in Lafayette, California with his wife Allison and their two sons.


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Press and Speaking Engagements

Jason speaks on a wide range of subjects from the social web & the future of communication to entrepreneurship and how large companies like Google & Facebook compete. If you want to get in touch for a speaking engagement, quote or interview please get in touch.

Past interviews include:

The New York Times, Esquire, The Wall Street Journal, Buzzfeed, AllThingsD, CNN, CNET News, Wired News, Reuters, Associated Press, LA Times, Techcrunch, VentureBeat, GigaOm, Bloomberg, Gizmodo, Vator.tv, Read Write Web, Jupiter Research, Security Focus, Guardian Unlimited, The Economist, Business Week, Wireless Week, Fortune, Fast Company, This Week in Startups, UsesThis, Red Herring, The Scoble Show & Tech TV. Recent items can be found on Google News.

Past speaking engagements:

Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Supernova, The Syndicate Conference, O'Reilly Web 2.0 Summit SF & NYC Expo, Gnomedex, SXSW Interactive, Techcrunch Disrupt, Seybold, Search Engine Strategies, Unilever Corp, eCommerce SIG, Weblog Business Strategies Conference, PlanetWork, Elearning Forum and the Blog World Expo.