Q: What is your motto?
Jason: Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world ~ Archimedes.
Q: What do you like to do in your leisure time?
Jason: Try new restaurants and foods. I always thought I’d have a shot at winning Fear Factor since I’d be willing to try any food once.
Q: What is your all-time favourite movie or TV show?
Jason: Pulp Fiction. Timeless and smart. It’s director Quentin Tarentino at his storytelling best.
Q: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten?
Jason: Read a book every month. While not as consistent, I still average about 9-10 books per year. I bring my daughters every three weeks to the library to borrow books.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
Jason: Hip hop & EDM. The golden era of 90's hip hop will never be lost on me, but I still enjoy listening to songs from today’s hip hop artists and EDM DJs despite their relatively short shelf life.
Q: What was your favourite subject in high school?
Jason: Choir. It was all about Boyz II Men and RnB back in high school. I was only 1 of 2 guys in the class, so I held it down as an Alto.
Q: What was your career aspiration when you were 20? How close did you get?
Jason: Chef. Never became one, but nearly two decades later, I opened a commissary kitchen to help empower aspiring chefs.
Q: The best thing I did or the most important experience I had to help prepare me for my career was…
Jason: Getting elected to my first board position with the SFU alumni Association. Being a director for various organizations in the years since has been the most invaluable learning opportunities of my life. With the number of business opportunities and the quality of people you can meet through these roles, I can’t recommend pursuing them enough.
Q: What was your first full-time job? How did it help prepare you in your later work?
Jason: Ebay customer support. That’s how I met my wife! Can’t get more prepared than that.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur?
Jason: Being able to spend a lot of time with my daughters. By working on my own time, I have the ability to volunteer at their school, take them to appointments and extra-curricular activities, and most of all just be present with them.
Q: What’s your advice for achieving work/life balance?
Jason: Put your work and life in a calendar. While there’s something to be said about spontaneity, planning ahead (with plenty of alerts/reminders) will save you a ton of grief, especially if you have a family. Find an app that works best for you and start populating.