Why I started GenStartUp.org

I lead a nonprofit, ServeNext, that I started in 2007 as a senior in college. I’m getting asked more frequently for advice from Millennials who are considering the same or recently began.

In these conversations, many similar topics come up, there’s a ton we don’t get to, and I recently discovered a stunning lack of blogs discussing the nonprofit startup experience from a Millennial perspective.

I started this blog to be a resource and conversation for a generation that is innovative, idealistic, and hungry to invent and lead.

I’ve led an organization long enough to have informed ideas about the startup process but not long enough that I can’t relate to those earlier in the journey. And like any entrepreneur, I’ve been through a lot in building something new — ranging from national political victories to nearly folding when funding dried up.

I’m excited to share my thoughts about the experience — lessons learned, mistakes, what’s worked, fundraising, strategy, ideas, opinions, and occasional rants. If you think any of my ideas suck, let me know. I’m not going to hesitate to write my opinions — you shouldn’t either.

Thanks for reading and thanks for your leadership,

Zach Maurin (zmaurin3 [at] gmail.com and @zmaurin)

PS — Two shout-outs. First to Seth Godin for encouraging people to blog — to publicly put your ideas out there. He’s a must-read for any aspiring entrepreneur. My organization would be better if I found his writing sooner.

And second, to everyone who helped me with my startup — who took a risk on some kids with a big idea when they were already too busy. This blog is, in part, about paying it forward — to help others invent important things as many have helped (and continue to help) me.

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