Greg Zen

Founder / CEO / Advisor @ KWID, Maven.video, StartupHeroics.com, Startup Zen and more Seasoned Advisor with 30+ Years Experience in Entrepreneurship
United States of America 5.0 (4 reviews) Active 2 months ago Usually responds in a week or longer

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FOUNDERS LIKE YOU ARE SAYING IT BEST:

"Over the past year or so I've had the pleasure of being able to work with Greg and I've made great strides doing so. Thanks to his wealth of knowledge and his years of experience, he is always able to make a clear assessment of the situation that I'm in and provide pointed suggestions and/or instructions on how I can improve myself and my business. In particular his knowledge of web3, crypto and NFTs has been incredibly valuable for me and I anticipate to connect and work with him for many years to come."
- Jan Oris

"Anyone thinking about pulling the trigger on Greg's offer? Do it! I just had a call with Greg last night and he provided more value and time than I could have asked for. He spent literally 2 hours on the phone with me going over ways my business can thrive. He didn't sugar coat anything, he pointed out flaws but didn't end there, he gave actionable steps to get me to where I need to be. Well worth it and I'm sure it will be worth it for you as well."
- Gabriel Ramirez - Callateral

β€œMr. Zen showed me exactly what steps I needed to take to get my business started correctly. It was so easy to understand everything he explained and he was super clear when answering all my many questions. whereas before I was stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of purchasing books, going to seminars and webinars but making no progress finding something that really moved the needle for me. Now I understand what my customers want better and have created a much better offering than my original idea. I recommend Greg Zen to anyone just getting started!β€œ
- Raj P. - KappaCity

"Greg is one hell of a badass founder with one incredibly memorable mind. His style is like none I've seen on the market and it is so damn refreshing.
Greg shared his ideas, mindset, energy, vibe, style, grace, humility, and interests with me. And what I realized very quickly was how many relevant examples and stories Greg could add to every conversation we had. It was incredibly impressive and incredibly valuable.
If anyone out there is craving help with founder lifestyle, ideation/validation, finding customer channels, rapid "no-code" prototyping or MVP building, launching, or even design or user-research questions, Greg has been advising founders for over 10 years and has building businesses for over 25 years and can likely guide you wherever you are in your journey.
Book his brain now! This man is a rare gem."
- Maxine Cunningham - CEO, PickMyBrain

"Just had a session via zoom with Greg. I walked away with a notebook full of ideas, goals, and actionable steps. He's a wealth of information and experiences from working with startups. He asked all the right questions and understood where I was coming from while helping to guide my vision. Greg speaks with you not "at you," so you'll never feel overwhelmed or uncomfortable. He breaks down his advice into very digestible terms. We covered a lot of areas that I was needing help with. If you can book some time with Greg to work on your "X" I would highly advise it.
Greg Zen is the Zen Master of Startups and Entrepreneurs.
- Ross Cohn"

"Greg mentored (me) since beginning of startup (Sep 2021)
Of all 4 mentors that (I) found, only Greg remained.
To give good advise, one must understand context.
Context comes from experience.
Hence, Greg = πŸ‘πŸ» mentor"
- Zhen Ming Ng - Cofounder Workground.co

"Greg's mentorship has been crucial to my growth as a first-time founder and to the development of my startup. He is ~literally~ helping me achieve my dreams. Stop rolling your eyes, I'm being serious here. I am a first time female founder who embarked on this startup journey with 50% blind optimism....but also 50% caution. I asked Greg to give it to me straight - what am I in for in startup land?
I had very little idea of what I was doing. I knew product. That was it. I had ideas - but those can only get you so far. Greg was the missing piece that grounded me and offered me down to earth guidance in business. His wisdom is backed by real life experience and fueled by his desire to HELP. I appreciate his honest feedback, his availability to being a sound board, and how generous he is with his expertise.
He cares and wants to see mentees succeed. I can't begin to tell you how great of a dude he is, you just have to meet him.
- Amber KB Wilson - Olivus"

"I asked Greg for some help on my YC application and he provided a ton of value not only just on my application but also provided a good designer feedback on my landing pages and suggestions that definitely helped me along the way since I'm a solo founder. Greg is a great resource and I hope you all take advantage of this!"
- Nik Kotov - Frontline

"Great startup insights and strategic direction setting advice Greg! Thank you very much for the time, commitment, and resilience. For those who may need advice in the context of entrepreneurship, I highly recommend Greg Zen!"
- Washaya Washaya - AfterHome Inc.

"Greg is a seasoned vet in the tech scene who's an incredibly diverse thinker with deep experience. He has been around more stacks than most people will ever see, and offers incredibly earnest, high-quality guidance for new founders. Thanks Greg!"
- Craig Kahle - HackForGood

"Though I have met many experienced entrepreneurs, Greg offers a perspective you will not find anywhere else. Greg is improving the way entrepreneurs go about learning their specific path. Greg offered guidance for building and engaging with prospective early adopters. Thanks to Greg's advice, I will save a lot of time I planned to spend reading specific books since other educational resources are a better fit for my goals. Greg also provided great advice on tools to use for building and testing our prototype. Additionally, Greg delivered insight that helped my co-founder and I have a more effective mindset for getting started. I highly recommend Greg as a coach/advisor for early startups and I am grateful to have his support."
- Janine Marill - MarketPain

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Over 15 years mentoring and 30 years of experience building businesses, startups, and products including; pre-seed and idea stage, bootstrapped, fundraising, growth-stage funded, pre-IPO, IPOs, successful exits including mergers and acquisitions, as well as plenty of false starts and failures along the way.

Long history as a CxO in startups, and a few agencies, including my favorite role as Executive Creative Director

Currently cofounder at
- Maven.video; giving video creators the power to take control of their financial destinies
- KWID - a web3 knowledge economy platform
- and .

- The principal founder of StartupHeroics.com, empowering online entrepreneurs with clarity of path via personalized actionable guidance, vetted resources and continued direct support services
(formerly UpStar; an experimental, remote academy for startup founders)

On Deck founding fellow (ODNC1) and YCombinator Startup School Alumnus and mentor 2019 & 2020

Recently, during the first few cohorts of YCombinator Startup School, I mentored more than 300 startup founders, and I've had the privilege of serving more than 1,000 over the last 15+ years

Though I am leading several startups currently, I would like to open up very limited availability for ongoing mentorship and single-sessions for new startup founders and current operators.

Generally, I can answer most of your startup, and small business questions within 24 hours.

I also guide founders with questions related to leadership, and lifestyle, as well as optimizing your day for peak performance, general well-being, and burn-out recovery. I am comfortable discussing nutrition, fitness, supplementation, and many other wellness practices.

To my core, I believe that entrepreneurs are the innovators, the tip of the spear guiding humanity forward. Doing my best to empower today's entrepreneurs like you is how I get to contribute in the most meaningful way

Getting no-hassle, responsive, highly-tailored, and actionable advice, helping you achieve clarity as quickly as possible is your advantage with me.

What are you waiting for? Let's start clearing stuff up! 😁


What mentees say

Amber

on

5 out of 5 stars

He is ~literally~ helping me achieve my dreams. Stop rolling your eyes, I'm being serious here. I am a first time female founder who embarked on this startup journey with 50% blind optimism....but also 50% caution. I asked Greg to give it to me straight - what am I in for in startup land? I had very little idea of what I was doing. I knew product. That was it. I had ideas - but those can only get you so far. Greg was the missing piece that grounded me and offered me down to earth guidance in business. His wisdom is backed by real life experience and fueled by his desire to HELP. I appreciate his honest feedback, his availability to being a sound board, and how generous he is with his expertise. He cares and wants to see mentees succeed. I can't begin to tell you how great of a dude he is, you just have to meet him.

Zhen Ming

on

5 out of 5 stars

What I liked about Greg is that he provides straight to the point, no bullshit advises. One thing that stand out is that he very resourceful in tools, people and processes. A quality that is needed in every entrepreneur. Having said that, you have to find out yourself.



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