Rejection · Rejection therapy

My TED talk on entrepreneurial rejections

Jia Jiang Entrepreneur, Author and Keynote Speaker Who Turns Rejection On Its Head

February 20th, 2013

Back in November, I was turned down with an investment opportunity. Serendipitously, an email chain on rejection in the startup world started here at FounderDating. It inspired me to search online and found rejection therapy (, and I started a blog ( doing this. 

I could have never imagined that three months later, it became this big, with media coverages on Yahoo, Businessweek, Huffington Post and Jeff Probst Show.

On 2/9, I gave a TED talk at TEDxAustin about my story:

I just want to say that as entrepreneurs, we face more rejections than anyone else. However, I've learned that if we keep a good attitude, we can turn rejection into something positive, if not miraculous. 

Jia Jiang

Rob G

February 20th, 2013

this is why i think it's important to have an experienced sales veteran on a startup team early.  not only do they have experience working with customers and bringing in revenue, but they are veterans of rejection. 

Ilene Fischer Partner, Mark Kamin and Associates

February 20th, 2013

Agreed as someone who is an entrepreneur and sold consulting services for 22 years you get used to rejection and rejection does not stop you. You learn a lot from rejection and often the rejection has nothing to do with you!

Vikas Khandelwal Making eBay Sellers More Successful

February 20th, 2013

Wow! that's an amazing story. This might just be required watching material for all entrepreneurs and sales people.


February 22nd, 2013

Hey Michael - theres a discussion going on here : where it seems like a great place for you chime in with what you would've done differently.

Claire Vo Founder at Experiment Engine

February 20th, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

Michael Sattler President, Splitzee

February 22nd, 2013

Awesome! I think we need a website to share not just our rejection stories but the business lessons we learned along the way. I ran a company for six months only to discover I was repeating the same mistakes of a startup that had preceded me and failed. Had I known sooner, I would have done things differently.

Roland Tecson

February 20th, 2013

Great talk, awesome story. Thanks!

Victor Trac Cosmonaut

February 23rd, 2013

Hey Jia - I saw your talk live in Austin (I was at TEDxAustin). Great job! 

In the spirit of rejection - let's have lunch next week. Are you free on Weds 2/27 or Thurs 2/28 for lunch? 

Jia Jiang Entrepreneur, Author and Keynote Speaker Who Turns Rejection On Its Head

February 25th, 2013

Victor, lunch would be great. Feel free to email me at

Clynton Caines SharePoint Developer at Discover Technologies

February 20th, 2013

Shedding a tear... I remember you when. Congrats man!