Who & Why

Who & Why

Who We Are

Being an entrepreneur is a hard life

It is a lonely life.

Even if you have a business partner. Even if you have a life partner. Even if you have a great team.

Your mind, your creativity, your motivation, your ability to execute, your belief in your business, your belief in yourself, your ability to communicate.

Your business succeeds or fails based on you.

ZenFounder can be a life raft, it can also be the boost in horsepower that helps you move quickly through the most challenging aspects of the entrepreneurial life.

We help entrepreneurs

Survive

We help entrepreneurs

Thrive

We help entrepreneurs

Love their lives

We are not a life coaching business.
We don’t do business coaching either.

ZenFounder pairs the best in psychological theory and science with years of entrepreneurial success.

We create communities, spread ideas, host events, consult- do whatever is needed to spark catalytic conversations about how to make entrepreneurship a sustainable, satisfying life.

Every aspect of our work is informed by the pairing of psychological expertise and years of working the in trenches as an entrepreneur.

Through events, speaking and consulting we have helped 100s of entrepreneurs, families, and companies thrive.

Dr. Sherry Walling

Dr. Sherry Walling is the life force behind ZenFounder. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience treating stress-related problems in high achieving people. She is an academic and professional powerhouse with master’s degrees in psychology and theology, formal training as a yoga teacher, and a PhD in clinical psychology. She’s held faculty appointments at several universities including UC San Francisco’s Department of Psychiatry. She has extensive experience treating PTSD in combat veterans, working with families trapped in family violence, and supporting the mental health needs of physicians and police officers. She’s also one of the early professionals to creatively combine yoga and psychotherapy. Sherry has specialized training in the prevention of mental illness and she has held research fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine and the Boston University site of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Already an accomplished professional, Sherry began working with entrepreneurs when her husband, Rob Walling, launched his first start-up more than 10 years ago. Being a life partner in an entrepreneurial family, she has lived the frenetic pace of a tech startup. Pairing her professional training and personal experience, she’s helped countless founders and their families work through burnout, conflict, transition stress, and crisis.

When she’s not wearing her professional hat, Sherry can be found on her paddleboard, building sandcastles on a warm beach, teaching aerial yoga, exploring the Minneapolis foodie scene with Rob, or dragging her two young sons through an art museum in Europe.

ZenFounder is Sherry’s response to the pervasive burnout, anxiety, depression, and loneliness that she has encountered in hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Dr. Sherry Walling

Dr. Sherry Walling is the life force behind ZenFounder. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience treating stress-related problems in high achieving people. She is an academic and professional powerhouse with master’s degrees in psychology and theology, formal training as a yoga teacher, and a PhD in clinical psychology. She’s held faculty appointments at several universities including UC San Francisco’s Department of Psychiatry. She has extensive experience treating PTSD in combat veterans, working with families trapped in family violence, and supporting the mental health needs of physicians and police officers. She’s also one of the early professionals to creatively combine yoga and psychotherapy. Sherry has specialized training in the prevention of mental illness and she has held research fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine and the Boston University site of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

Already an accomplished professional, Sherry began working with entrepreneurs when her husband, Rob Walling, launched his first start-up more than 10 years ago. Being a life partner in an entrepreneurial family, she has lived the frenetic pace of a tech startup. Pairing her professional training and personal experience, she’s helped countless founders and their families work through burnout, conflict, transition stress, and crisis.

When she’s not wearing her professional hat, Sherry can be found on her paddleboard, building sandcastles on a warm beach, teaching aerial yoga, exploring the Minneapolis foodie scene with Rob, or dragging her two young sons through an art museum in Europe.

ZenFounder is Sherry’s response to the pervasive burnout, anxiety, depression, and loneliness that she has encountered in hundreds of entrepreneurs.

Meet Our Team

Rob Walling

Rob Walling

Rob Walling is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and startup mentor who has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Forbes and dozens of other national publications. He wrote one of the definitive guides to bootstrapping a startup. He is the founder of Drip, cofounder of MicroConf and the cohost of Startups for the Rest of Us. Rob is the other half of the ZenFounder podcast and also Sherry’s husband of 17 years.

Cory Miller

Cory Miller

Cory Miller is the founder of iThemes, which builds web design software and offers cutting-edge web design training for customers around the globe. He is also the cofounder of The Div, a nonprofit tech foundation. Cory is also the co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies and he blogs regularly about entrepreneurship at CoryMiller.com. Cory is half of the force behind ZenTribes and has been a longtime advocate for the importance of entrepreneur groups.

Liz Vogt

Liz Vogt

Dr. Liz Vogt is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Minneapolis. She has expertise in human relationships, anxiety, and managing the stress of big transitions. She helps clients find adaptive strategies to handle hard situations. Liz has advanced training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and she bring incredible depth, experience and cutting edge training to the ZenFounder consulting team. She’s also married to a tech guy so she “gets it”.

Shawn Hesketh

Shawn Hesketh

Shawn Hesketh spent 26 years as a freelance designer. In 2008, he created WordPress 101, which has become one of the most popular WordPress tutorial sites in the world. He has helped more than 1.5 million beginners learn to build their own website or blog. Today, Shawn spends his time helping freelancers and business owners increase their impact and do meaningful work. Shawn is a ZenTribes facilitator and an integral part of the consulting team.

Karim Marucchi

Karim Marucchi

Karim Marucchi is the CEO of Crowd Favorite and Chairman of The VeloMedia Group. HIs career has included founding startups, working for large web agencies, and taking companies public. Karim has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions. He loves figuring out how to make diverse teams work as a cohesive unit. Karim is a key source of support for entrepreneurs in the midst of hyper-growth or leaders in the midst of significant business transitions.