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Jason Lee | 7 Values That Can Change The World

CEO and Co-Founder | DailyPay | New York, NY, United States

Jason Lee is a fintech entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of DailyPay, the market leader in offering companies and millions of employees on-demand access to their earned pay. Jason is a groundbreaking leader who had the vision to help regular American workers achieve financial stability after realizing too many Americans struggle to make ends meet under the current payroll structure. He has been recognized as a premier thought leader in global finance by the International Financing Review and Milken Global Institute and has been named the Gold Winner for “Innovator of the Year” for the 2020 CEO World Awards.


Change is hard. Change can be scary. 

2020 was certainly a year of change. 

Seemingly overnight our whole world changed. From the way we worked to the way we lived. But we adapted. We found a way to succeed. And we learned what’s important.

From changing the way we shop to changing the way we are paid, 2020 brought a fresh perspective on areas of our life that we thought would remain the same forever.

But change is in my DNA. Five years ago I set out to make an impactful change in the lives of every American worker. But I had to disrupt an antiquated system that had been around for centuries. I learned to enact change you must be willing to fight for something you believe in. You must be guided by values and principles that keep you grounded and focused on your mission.  

When we sat down to articulate our company values, we knew they had to align with our unwavering mission to support the American worker. The values had to speak to our grit, dedication and authenticity as we work to create a culture that fosters growth for ourselves as individuals and for the company as a whole. We appreciate the unique traits and competencies of each of our team members, and we never forget that each of us plays an integral role in our holistic success.

Today, we don’t just talk about these 7 values, we live and breathe them every day. They help guide us in all of our endeavors and are embedded in every decision we make and in the way we work. They are our North Star — and with them — we can change the world, one day at a time.  

My 7 Values

Value 1 | Do Your Research

Do Your Research – Knowledge is power. Study, internalize and research so you can have a well-reasoned view. It’s about being prepared but also understanding that your view can change and evolve as you continue to do your research. 

Value 2 | Start Simple

Start Simple – When taking on something new, the key is to just get started. Don’t worry about automating everything, or having the perfect answer. Start simple. Test, learn, iterate.

Value 3 | See The Circle

See The Circle – Everyone is part of this bigger mission and we are all working toward the same goal. Regardless of what you’re working on, you have a circle of colleagues that surround you. Involve them early and often, because it will make us stronger.

“I learned to enact change you must be willing to fight for something you believe in. You must be guided by values and principles that keep you grounded and focused on your mission.”

— Jason Lee

Value 4 | Pull The Wagon

Pull The Wagon – Winning takes teamwork, ambition and diligence, not egos. Pitch in and do whatever it takes to move the company forward. Leaders pull the wagon alongside the team. They don’t issue orders from it. Set the example. You’ll also probably learn more by doing so.

Value 5 | Move The Line

Move The Line – Every day, in everything you do, challenge yourself and move the line. Push your own boundaries by focusing on incremental improvement. Be forward-thinking. Embrace change and innovation. 

Value 6 | We Win With Diversity

We Win With Diversity – Diversity is more than just the sum of our many parts. It’s our superpower — not just the right thing to do, but how we win. Whether through diversity of our backgrounds, experience, opinions or views, it’s how we build a sustainable business.

Value 7 | Act Like an Owner

Act Like an Owner – Decisions are creative opportunities for expansiveness. Be greedy for the best long-term outcome, even if it causes short-term sacrifice. Act with purpose and invent the future. Be maniacally focused on building the best long-term solutions for our stakeholders.

What do achievements mean to you?

Achievements are a reflection of one’s dedication and commitment to excellence. It means going the extra mile to differentiate yourself from others and accomplishing the goals you set in place. 

DailyPay is the recognized gold standard of the On-Demand Pay Industry and we push ourselves to live up to that name. Our innovation stems from our desire to make a difference and to go above and beyond our clients’ and users’ demands. We don’t take what we do lightly – and our achievements speak for themselves.

What excites you most about the work that you do?

Seeing the life-changing impact DailyPay has on individuals and families excites and motivates me to work everyday. 

I started DailyPay after seeing a profound need for working Americans to have access to their money. Hardworking people needed money to support themselves and their family, but had to wait two weeks, often putting them in dire financial situations. With DailyPay, employees are able to track and access their earned pay and achieve financial wellness. Today, DailyPay provides a full suite of on-demand pay solutions to hundreds of leading companies and has helped free millions of employees from predatory financial products.


DailyPay is the award-winning, recognized gold standard on-demand pay platform offering comprehensive pay experience solutions to world-class companies and their millions of employees. DailyPay has created an ecosystem with the most advanced, modern technology stack in the industry and delivers the most secure, compliant and seamless on-demand pay benefit.

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