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St. Mary's College of California, BA 1996
Fine Arts

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Jason Shellen

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 it’s founding product manager, worked on a plug-in hybrid project for 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. Boxer is the first email client to include the ability to quickly triage your inbox, respond quickly through simple gestures as well as allow for management of tasks and items on your to-do list.

Shellen advises and mentors several companies and organizations, holds patents on feed and social media technologies and for the last two 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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