Janice Taylor
Entrepreneur, speaker, mom. Founder of Mazu

Janice Taylor is a social entrepreneur, mother, inspirational speaker, author and online safety advocate. Her credo of compassion, community and caring drives the vision of her company Mazu, a safe and fun online platform for families. Mazu gives parents a place to communicate and connect with their children in a starter social media environment. Her mission is to build a digital village - a movement around healthy, positive, and fun family engagement in today’s digital age. Mazu pays tribute to traditional family values and brings “it takes a village” to today’s mobile era. This passion for connecting families stems from Taylor’s own upbringing in Saskatchewan, Canada, where despite the hard times her family faced, she found comfort and belonging in the arms of her neighborhood and community. Watching her two daughters grow up among the isolation and pressures of childhood today, Taylor felt a need to provide a safe, digital village where parents still matter and love reigns supreme. The movement to bring parents and children together online has resonated with families from all walks of life. Sports teams and brands have used Mazu as a secure channel, to connect with fans and their kids, celebrating common interests and sharing content. Professional leagues such as the NHL, NBA, and MLS are just a few who have joined the movement, leveraging Mazu’s platform as their core engagement strategy for families. Janice has brought this message to such esteemed conferences as TEDx, Marianne Williamson Events and Tech TO, among others. She has received many honors: named one of twelve extraordinary Women in Tech by the Consulate General of Canada, chosen as one of Oprah’s Ultimate Viewers, and selected as a finalist for the 2013 Woman of Worth Awards. Additionally, in 2016, Mazu was recognized as one of the five Most Innovative Companies in British Columbia. Janice also founded a mentorship program called The Dream Project to inspire and guide women healing from addictions to achieve their dreams. As the author of Wisdom. Soul. Startup. Janice shared the life-lessons and unique perspectives to which she attributes her success. In this inspiring book, Taylor shares wisdom gleaned from childhood struggles in small-town Canada. The book’s essays share how she found the courage and insight to turn her life around and grow into a successful entrepreneur and community leader.