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Meet Jon Amadei: The Fast Interview

Jon Amadei (center), Product Strategy Lead at Fast

Jon Amadei

Role: Product Strategy Lead

Team: Product Management

Why did you join Fast?

I left Wish in July 2019, and I really wanted to continue working in fintech, particularly in payments and e-commerce. I found this tiny startup called Fast. One-click checkout was something that was on the horizon for them, and the concept is a game changer for online sellers. And I loved the product vision. Once I talked to Domm (Holland, Co-Founder and CEO at Fast) and Allison (Barr Allen, Co-Founder and COO at Fast), I was sold.

What were you doing before?

I started my career in consulting. I moved to finance, working at Goldman Sachs for two years, and then moved to California, where I started in tech. I worked at Square on the payments risk team. Then I moved to Wish, where I led a payments team.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

I grew up in a small town outside of Boston called Medfield, Massachusetts. As a kid, I was pretty shy. Also modest. My grandfather would always tell me this story of when I was 3 or 4. He said, “You're my only grandson.” And I said, “Oh, I'm not grand. I'm just a plain boy.” Also, I loved playing sports and being outside.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Getting my MBA. When I was in college, I overheard someone talking about their neighbor who had a JD and an MBA. And I said to myself, “Sounds great. Let's do it.” I did law in Boston, and I then went to Berkeley for my MBA. And getting married; I am pretty proud of that.

What's your productivity hack?

My No. 1 productivity hack is preparing a list of things that I need to do the following day at the end of my workday and keeping it right next to my computer.

When did someone's kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?

While it is a bit tricky to pinpoint one example, I can easily say that my long-time best friend, Peter Harrington, represents kindness. Need someone at the last minute to watch a pet? Need a pickup after an accident? Need someone to chat with when times are tough? That's Peter.

Who is your celebrity doppelgänger?

My celebrity doppelgänger was Tom Cruise in college. I’ve also gotten Jake Gyllenhaal and Justin Chatwin. And I got Henry Cavill one time, but I don't think we look alike. I would love to look like him.

Living or dead, who would you like to interview and why?

Jane Goodall, because what she's done in terms of conservation is just incredibly important. I'd also really enjoy interviewing my grandfather, Albert Amadei, who passed away when I was very young. He came to the U.S. when he was about 7, early 1900s. His mom died in Italy before she was able to come over to join her husband and sons. He worked his way up in the restaurant business – from speakeasies to bars, to restaurants, and finally a Boston staple: The Marliave. It's still there today!

What is your top travel destination?

My favorite travel destination is Japan. Eat your face off in Japan and food will never taste as good. Until you go back.

Where do you see yourself a year from now?

I see myself leaning into experiences that I've missed out on over the past 18 months (during the pandemic). This includes a trip to Japan with my wife for our honeymoon, an actual wedding celebration (we were a COVID-nuptials couple), and continuing to build and scale Fast with the greatest team ever.

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