2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

How to Turn Rejection Into Opportunities

Friday, March 13
3:30PM - 3:50PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom G
Austin Convention Center

When trying to find an investor for his technology start up, author Jia Jiang was rejected for what he thought was a done deal. It crushed his spirits and made him realize that he shouldn't take rejection this much to heart.

Jiang decided to go out and get rejected for 100 days, intentionally and in a way that would help him overcome his fear. On day three of this journey, a video of him being rejected was viewed by millions of people, and he found encouragement from strangers for the remaining 97 rejections.

After completing this journey, Jiang discovered how much rejection holds us back in our personal and professional lives. We want to land an investor or get capital for our startup, but we're scared that our idea isn't good enough. We want to sell more products, but we're afraid of hearing "no." All of these obstacles can be beaten with the right strategy, which Jiang has found in facing his own fear of rejection and is now sharing with you.


#sxsw #Rejection


Jia Jiang


Jia Jiang moved to the United States at 16 years old with a dream to become the next Bill Gates. However, he settled in a role with Dell after graduating from college and decided to be contempt wit...

Show the rest


Interactive Badge, Gold Badge, Platinum Badge
Book Reading
Work and Career

Thanks to our sponsors

Miller Lite Esurance AT&T IFC Mazda USA Monster Energy McDonalds logo CapitalOne logo PepsiCo logo Austin Chronicle

Music sponsor

Sonic Bids

Interactive sponsor

Phillips logo