Why I Built It: Scaling Your Startup with Johnathan Gryzbowski


PODCAST July 22, 2019


Show Summary:

Financial Advisor and host Mark Therriault, interviews Johnathan Grzybowski on the Wealth Exchange podcast. Johnathan is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the CMO and co-founder of Penji, a software platform that helps marketing teams receive unlimited graphic designs all at one flat monthly rate.

Penji has been named “top startup to watch” according to Philadelphia Magazine and has been mentioned in major publications like Success Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Inc. You might also recognize Johnathan as the host of Blind Entrepreneurship, a podcast that has been mentioned as a top business podcast on Apple Podcasts!

In this episode, Mark and Johnathan discuss Penji; how it all works; Johnathan’s journey leading up to the creation of Penji; how he gauges success in his business; how he manages stressors that come with being an entrepreneur and business owner; and how he stays motivated to continue growing their business on a day-to-day basis.


Key Takeaways:

[:29] About today’s episode.

[4:38] What drove Johnathan to create Penji? And what was he doing prior to Penji?

[7:51] How does Penji work?

[8:51] Does Penji have a niche or do they work with all different types of brands?

[9:50] What’s the #1 project Penji does for most customers?

[10:31] How do companies and clients approach Penji? What is their usual request?

[11:52] What has been Johnathan’s biggest challenge in the year and a half that they’ve been in business?

[13:02] What was Johnathan’s journey to becoming a co-founder of Penji? Did he always know he wanted to be a business owner?

[16:00] How does Johnathan deal with the stressors that come with being an entrepreneur and business owner?

[18:49] When he made his transition into entrepreneurship, did Johnathan find his overall mood and alignment with his purpose improved?

[21:28] How did Johnathan find his purpose within his business?

[24:10] What’s Johnathan’s grand vision for Penji?

[27:14] How do the co-founders of Penji guide their main decisions?

[29:08] What keeps Johnathan motivated to continue growing the business on a day-to-day basis?

[30:40] So, Johnathan is a WWE fan?

[32:00] If Johnathan could go back 15 years and tell himself the biggest thing he learned about his journey, what would he say?

[33:07] Mark thanks Johnathan for joining him this podcast!


Mentioned in this Episode:


Blind Entrepreneurship Podcast, with Johnathan Grzybowski

Reid Hoffman on founding LinkedIn


Guest Bio

Johnathan Grzybowski

Johnathan Grzybowski is the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of Penji, an on-demand graphic design service that delivers fast turnaround and is simple, and affordable.

After experiencing first hand how difficult it was to find talented graphic designers for his business, Johnathan and his co-founder Khai launched Penji in 2017. Their goal was to provide an innovative solution by making essential tools and resources more accessible and affordable for entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders.

For his full bio, visit: LinkedIn.com/in/GrzybowskiJ


About the Host — Mark Therriault

Mark is the Financial Advisor and partner of Nicola Wealth Management — and your host for The Wealth Exchange podcast.

As a member of the Nicola Wealth Planning Team since 2006, Mark has become his clients’ trusted advisor. He prides himself on providing an exceptional experience to his clients while quarterbacking their financial affairs.

Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in Finance from the University of Calgary. He went on to secure his CFP designation and also completed the CIM, CSC, the B.C. Life Insurance License.

For his full bio, visit: NicolaWealth.com/OurTeam/MarkTherriault


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