Hi, I’m Ricky Yean

I’m a 3x startup founder and occasional writer about technology startups and Asian America. I’m a Stanford, Y Combinator and StartX alum. Currently I’m building Flow Club, a virtual co-working service designed to help you fly through your tasks and feel great about your work. Learn more about me or .

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  • 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)

Upbeat was first known as “PRX.” Our goal was to create build a full-stack, software-enabled public relations agency. It was a very different challenged compared to Crowdbooster which was a SaaS tool. This didn’t end up working out, but we still helped a lot of people and learned a lot. I’ll write more about this soon…

Media Appearances and Talks

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