Jamie Wong is an entrepreneur and storyteller with a specialty in bringing new ideas, voices and products to life.
As the founder and CEO of the venture-backed startup Vayable.com, Jamie created a global marketplace in more than 1000 cities in 100 countries, transforming how people experience travel.
Together with CNN's Van Jones and Google, she created Project Empathy, a series of virtual reality narratives that allow the public to experience what it's like to be a victim of the U.S. prison system.
Jamie has been named a Forbes "Up and Comer," Business Insider’s "Top Founders to Watch" and Huffington Post's Top 50 Nontechnical Founders and is an alumni of the world-renowned startup accelerator, Y Combinator. Jamie has appeared on major news networks such as CBS, BBC, CNN and Bloomberg, and her writing has been published in Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Sundance Channel Digital.
She has a Masters Degree in journalism from Columbia University and formerly worked as a producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (helping the show win two Emmys and a Peabody Award during her tenure) Michael Moore (helping win the Palm d'Or at Cannes for Fahrenheit 9/11) and Ark Media/PBS Frontline.
After a decade as a storyteller for Emmy and Oscar-award winning shows and films, Jamie brought her storytelling chops to top global brands and products, writing for Adobe, Boku, Comcast, Nike Women, JobVite and Juniper Networks.
Jamie completed her graduate studies at Columbia University where the dean of the journalism school awarded her with the Chancellor Scholarship for academic achievement and leadership in broadcast journalism. Her Master's Project was an investigative piece on post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans and the impact social and political conditions have on recovery.
She received her Bachelor's degree with honors in History from Wesleyan University, where the President awarded her the Butterfield Prize for her quality of character, leadership, intellectual commitment and concern for the community. She also received the Dana Grant to conduct an internship that bridges public and private enterprises. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on the impact of political exile on consciousness of twentieth-century Spanish intellectuals and artists. Jamie served on the Faculty Hiring Committee, was Co- Editor-in-Chief of the Undergraduate History Journal and sang in Ebony Singers, the university's gospel choir. She studied history, politics, art and psychology in Madrid and Barcelona.
Jamie worked for the president of Action Against Hunger in Paris and interned in the United States Congress in Washington DC. She has volunteered in Honduras, Israel and the West Bank for with American Jewish World Service, as a tutor for underprivileged children in Connecticut, as an ESL teacher in New York City Chinatown. She has visited more than 40 counties.