Spotlight on Michael Chiang

Meet Michael Chiang - Co-Founder of JoyRide Trivia (HQ for Uber app) and FitBark (Fitbit for dogs). He's currently working on creating in-car experiences to make ridesharing more fun and less awkward with strangers.



Tell us about JoyRide Trivia.

JoyRide is the trivia game played on Uber rides. Games start when you get in the Uber – answer 10 questions correctly, and you win a cash prize equivalent to the price of your ride. We've been called as the HQ for Uber but our real inspiration has been from the popular tv show Cash Cab. Our long-term mission is to create shared social experiences that will make ridesharing fun and less awkward with strangers.

How do you prioritize self-care?

To me, entrepreneurs are athletes and self-care is at the very top of the list. Jeff Bezos once said, "It's our choices that define us, not our gifts." As entrepreneurs and startup operators, our performance is based entirely upon the decisions that we make. And like athletes, to be able to consistently perform at a high-level, we must ensure that we are keeping our bodies and brains in tip-top shape. 

For me, doing that requires a combination of healthy living and learning. Healthy living starts with keeping check of what I'm putting inside my body, from what I'm eating and drinking, to exercising the body by running daily and hitting the gym. I also want to train my brain by reading a book every morning and learning something new daily. Last but not least is maintaining the mind by finding some time every day to meditate and getting some quiet time to reflect what's been done and visualize what's next.

What was your most life-changing experience?

I recently completed my first Ironman race in Boulder Colorado this past June. If you haven't heard of it, Ironman is a triathlon race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and then running a full 26.2-mile marathon in that order. To call it gruesome is an understatement. But the Boulder race my friends and I chose ended up being one of the hardest courses out there with high-altitude and a 100+ degree blazing sun. To really top it off, just less than a year ago, I've never even run a 5k before. 

But what Ironman has taught me is that "forward is a pace". In sports and in life, nothing is really impossible when you take it one stroke, one pedal and one step at a time. Just don't stop and never give up. I've learned to love the journey more than the destination and it's helped me tremendously in my life as an entrepreneur.

Breakfast of Champions: 3-egg omelet with mushrooms and feta cheese, banana pancakes with chocolate swirls and fries (lot's of it!)

Your Personal Bible: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Words you live by: "It doesn't matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop." - Confucious

Haley Smith