Janice Taylor - CEO and Founder, Mazu
CEO and founder of Mazu, Janice Taylor is a social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and online safety advocate. Her credo of kindness, acceptance and a genuine compassion for fellow beings drives the vision of her entrepreneurial enterprises. From the original idea of Just Be Friends (connecting women to friendship online) to launching Mazu, a youth engagement and content company that works with professional sports teams in the NHL, NFL and NBA to build safe online environments for kids, Janice’s focus is all about re-connecting family and community.
Janice’s mission at Mazu is to create digital products that inspire positive actions both on and offline. Most recently, Mazu has developed the first family content and messaging app designed to bring families together which has been described as a family’s “virtual phone in the kitchen.”
As an inspirational speaker, Janice has presented at events such as Tedx Kelowna and Marianne Williamson. The Consulate of Canada has honoured her as one of 12 Tech Women in Canada. Following the launch of her company, she was selected as one of Oprah’s Ultimate Viewers, and was a recipient of CBC Radio’s Saskatchewan Future 40. Janice was also selected as a finalist for the esteemed Woman of Worth Awards in 2013.
Growing up in Saskatchewan, Canada, gave Janice a background of strong community values which she brings to the tech industry through her work in both Canada and Silicon Valley. As an entrepreneur and mother of two beautiful girls, Janice’s mission is to awaken people with love. Her mission of bringing change to the world by encouraging positive social behavior that reaches beyond the barriers of race, religion, color or culture through the practice of universal core values, is the driving force behind Mazu and her book “Wisdom. Soul. Startup.” (Freisen Press, October 2016).