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If you like Mixergy, Reboot, Jerry Colonna and other podcasts that focus on the mental and emotional side of startups, you'll love Zen Founder. Join Rob & Sherry Walling on this weekly show about staying sane while starting up. Sherry (@zenfounder) is a psychologist with expertise in trauma work and has endured 16 years of marriage to a serial founder. Rob (@robwalling) is a serial entrepreneur best known for email marketing software Drip and MicroConf.

Zen Founder: Startup. Family. Life. (@zenfounder) Rob & Sherry Walling

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    • 5.0 • 71 Ratings

If you like Mixergy, Reboot, Jerry Colonna and other podcasts that focus on the mental and emotional side of startups, you'll love Zen Founder. Join Rob & Sherry Walling on this weekly show about staying sane while starting up. Sherry (@zenfounder) is a psychologist with expertise in trauma work and has endured 16 years of marriage to a serial founder. Rob (@robwalling) is a serial entrepreneur best known for email marketing software Drip and MicroConf.

    Episode 262: Diets, Control and the Holocaust

    Episode 262: Diets, Control and the Holocaust

    Sherry starts a new series of episodes, with co-host Alon, that provides guidance, support, and strategies for their community of entrepreneurial friends. They talk with friend Eric Rosenberg who struggles with his weight and has recently started a new diet program. Some of the things they touch include valuing yourself, self-discipline, finding balance, taking time […]

    • 30 min
    Episode 260: Stressed and Numb-Not the Only Options

    Episode 260: Stressed and Numb-Not the Only Options

    With the continued chaotic state of things and the US election thrown in the mix now, Sherry talks about the ways in which our bodies handle stress. The way we respond to stressors that are outside of our control is hardwired. When the body is overwhelmed it stops doing fight or flight and moves into […]

    • 14 min
    Episode 259: Back From Burnout

    Episode 259: Back From Burnout

    Sherry returns after a brief break from the podcast to talk about burnout. Having been feeling it herself she talks about the effects burnout can have on our neurological health and our bodies. While most people think burnout is the result of working too hard too long,  it can also stem from a sense of […]

    • 16 min
    Episode 258: The Entrepreneur Personality with Michael Freeman

    Episode 258: The Entrepreneur Personality with Michael Freeman

    Sherry interviews Dr. Michael Freeman, a psychiatrist, psychologist, consultant and former CEO. Dr. Freeman has done extensive and ongoing research of collecting data on the mental health of entrepreneurs. In this conversation they talk about what he has learned  over time in the mental health field about the entrepreneurial mindset. They discuss the biological and […]

    • 42 min
    Episode 257: Sanity Strategies for the New School Reality

    Episode 257: Sanity Strategies for the New School Reality

    Covid has forced parents into a unique situation in that whether you chose to home school your kids or not, its something everyone is now dealing with.  Parents now have a higher demand on their time than ever before with this new model. Sherry and Rob talk about some of the best practices surrounding the […]

    • 32 min
    Episode 256: Post Exit Panic with Aaron Houghton

    Episode 256: Post Exit Panic with Aaron Houghton

    In this episode Sherry interviews successful entrepreneur Aaron Houghton. Aaron started his first business at age 17 and sold two companies to private buyers for $169M before his 30th birthday. Despite all this success Aaron realized he still wasn’t happy and in fact the years of growing his businesses took a toll on his health […]

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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71 Ratings

71 Ratings

EricaLynChaney ,

Thank you

Disclaimer... I just barely tipped the tip of my tiniest toe into the waters of entrepreneurship so that’s not what originally drew me to this podcast. Rather, I got to know Sherry during yoga training several years ago and was immediately drawn to her as a pure and authentic human being. Might have even been quite shy around her because I looked up to her so much. Anyway, today I found myself very, very anxious and instead of wallowing in fetal position I played the first podcast that came up on my phone, laced up my sneakers and went for a walk. The podcast was on meditation so I did it walking. I can now breathe fully again because of it. When I got home, at least 10 lbs of anxiety lighter, I listened to the recent podcast in which Sherry gives examples of her own white privilege. I found comfort and calm in her story and voice. This podcast is a beautiful gift. In short, I’m grateful.

tiramisudessert ,

Guided Meditation -

Love how you focussed on the exhale in the guided meditation. Belly breathing was so nice - I got it reversed in the beginning. Meditation is such an important part of entrepreneurship to keep yourself sane :)

Clarisse Gomez ,

Awesome Podcast!!!

Rob & Sherry, host of the Zen Founder podcast, highlight all aspects of business and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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