Hi, I’m Ricky Yean

I’m a 2x startup founder and occasional writer about technology startups and Asian America. I’m a Stanford, Y Combinator and StartX alum. Learn more about me or .

Popular Essays:

Latest Essays:


  • Crowdbooster (2010-2016): Crowdbooster was a venture-backed SaaS startup I started with David Tran and Mark Linsey. We created one of the most popular Twitter and Facebook analytics tools and popularized the idea of Social Media Optimization (SMO). We ended up discontinuing the service despite the product being used by over 2,000 of the world’s biggest brands and agencies and making $1M in ARR because we wanted to build something that with an even larger scale of impact. Below are some Tweets to reminisce about the wonderful experience we had.
  • Upbeat (2016-2018)

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  • Techies