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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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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 228: We’re Doing Mental Health All Wrong

    Episode 228: We’re Doing Mental Health All Wrong

    Sherry shares the results of a recent study that found a new intervention for some of the most complicated mental health problems we face as a society today. So what is this magical cure? If you think it comes in pill form then you would be wrong. It’s far simpler than that. It’s Exercise! Exercise […]

    • 16 min
    Episode 227: Mastering Your Story with Patrick Combs

    Episode 227: Mastering Your Story with Patrick Combs

    Sherry talks with motivational speaker Patrick Combs, about the important art of telling your own story. He believes that leaders should know their story and how to tell it because in business it can create trust. Bliss Champions Want more content like this? Check out our book.

    • 40 min
    Episode 226: Falling off a Bridge and the Case for Renewed Focus

    Episode 226: Falling off a Bridge and the Case for Renewed Focus

    Sherry experiences a close call while on vacation with her family. She slips off a suspension bridge, but thanks to her new found ninja skills (from aerial yoga), she’s able to grab a rope mid-air and avoid major injury. She uses the story as a reminder that as entrepreneurs the things we practice, the things […]

    • 17 min
    Episode 225: The Case for Hope

    Episode 225: The Case for Hope

    As the holiday season is upon us, Sherry reflects back on this past year. A year she describes for herself as being filled with darkness, grief, and loss. This has brought an awareness for a need for hope. She talks about participating in holiday traditions that mean something to you and some tips for those […]

    • 17 min
    Episode 224: Building Greater Capacity with Robert Glazer

    Episode 224: Building Greater Capacity with Robert Glazer

    We don’t know what challenges and gifts life has in store, but we know that the ups and downs will come. How do you enhance your ability to manage, embrace, battle, and cope with the tough stuff? AND be someone who is constantly learning, growing and pressing in to an extraordinary and joyful life? I’ve […]

    • 41 min
    Episode 223: Diverse Voices in the Room

    Episode 223: Diverse Voices in the Room

    Following MicroConf Europe, Sherry and Rob talk about the idea of having diversity of ideas and backgrounds at events (or in communities) and what roles leaders/organizers can play in welcoming diversity. Want more content like this? Check out our book.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

JoshCrist ,

Honest and inspiring 🙌

This is one of the only podcasts I know of that actually dives into the energetics, interpersonal dynamics and pyschological sparring that naturally occurs when building a business. The work of being an entrepreneur doesn't just impact the person leading/growing/starting the business, and listening to Sherry and Rob talk candidly with their guests (and each other) about the subtle forces that truly make or break success, as a human being first, is refreshing - and inspiring!!

JenAD345 ,

Refreshingly honest conversations about the 'Founder Life'

Truly appreciate this podcast for all the real conversations Sherry and Rob have with each other and their guests. And even more so because they cover topics typically skipped over or avoided alltogether in startup/founder discussions (ex. the impact of entrepreneurship on families, maintaining a sex life, and mental health and suicide).

Phil Derksen ,

Extremely helpful...

Being a successful founder isn't all about the best marketing & product strategies. There is so much to keep in check outside our businesses that have to do with healthy relationships and a proper mental state. This podcast has both useful founder husband/wife discussions (hosts Rob & Sherry) as well as some great founder interviews. If you run any type of business, this is much too important to ignore.

Don't miss Sherry's book "The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Sh*t Together" either.

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