We are Mazu.

Together we’re building a healthy digital village for families founded in love and core values.

The Problem

Traditional social media preys on our desires to be liked, to be validated, and to be rewarded.

It’s why the like button is so addicting (and why Mazu doesn’t have one).

Just take a look at some of these stats…

  • 56% more likely to say they’re unhappy – Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy. There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all non screen activities are linked to more happiness. Eighth-graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they’re unhappy than those who devote less time to social media. Admittedly, 10 hours a week is a lot. But those who spend six to nine hours a week on social media are still 47 percent more likely to say they are unhappy than those who use social media even less.
  • 35% more likely to have a risk factor for suicide – The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression. Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan. (That’s much more than the risk related to, say, watching TV.)
  • 48% more girls said they often felt left out in 2015 than in 2010 – The number of teens who feel left out has reached all-time highs across age groups. 48 percent more girls said they often felt left out in 2015 than in 2010, compared with 27 percent more boys. Girls use social media more often, giving them additional opportunities to feel excluded and lonely when they see their friends or classmates getting together without them.
  • Childhood now stretches well into high school. – Across a range of behaviors—drinking, dating, spending time unsupervised— 18-year-olds now act more like 15-year-olds used to, and 15-year-olds more like 13-year-olds.
  • Teens aren’t socializing like they used to. – The number of teens who get together with their friends nearly every day dropped by more than 40 percent from 2000 to 2015
  • All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all non screen activities are linked to more happiness.
  • Eighth-graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56 percent more likely to say they’re unhappy than those who devote less time to social media.
  • 57% more teens were sleep deprived in 2015 than in 1991. – In just the four years from 2012 to 2015, 22 percent more teens failed to get seven hours of sleep.

Our Founder

Janice

Janice Taylor

CEO

Janice Taylor is a social entrepreneur, mother, inspirational speaker, author, and online safety advocate.

She has a BA Honors in Behavioral Psychology, focussing on self-esteem and self-efficacy among women. It was from this research that she sought to create a solution to the issue of social media addiction and how it was affecting women, children, and families.

Her credo of compassion, community, and caring drives the vision of her company Mazu, a healthy, positive, and fun engagement platform for families, founded in love. Mazu gives children and parents a place to communicate and connect, creating the “digital family village” – the antidote to social media, that awakens families with love.

Our Team

Meet the Mazu Family helping to bring the digital village to life.

Janice

Janice Taylor

Chief Executive Officer
Matt

Matt Gomez

Chief Operating Officer
Drew

Drew Hawken

Chief Technology Officer
Tracey

Tracey Hendriks

Director of HR
Pam

Pam Robilliard

Executive Assistant
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Mike Chisholm

Senior Marketing Manager
Joel

Joel Day

Digital Marketing Manager
Jace

Jace Anderson

Business Development Manager
Matteo

Matteo Stewart

Business Development Manager
Alicia

Alicia Cloutier

Office & Personal Assistant
Jessica

Jessica Wood

Junior Sales and Marketing
Courtney

Courtney Geier

PR Administration Coordinator
Devin

Devin Gibson

Product Manager
Abhi

Abhi Dutta

QA Coordinator
MichaelRempel

Michael Rempel

Senior Software Developer
Arya

Arya Daragahi

Software Developer
Ron

Ronish Gopal

Junior Front End Developer
Derek

Derek Hendricks

Junior Software Developer
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Ernesto Silva

Junior Software Developer
Kodi

Kodi Ackerman

Junior Front End Developer
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Wilco Oberholzer

Junior Software Developer
Steve

Steve Neu

Art Director
Amanda

Amanda Adams

Senior Artist
Cam

Cameron Brinson

Intermediate Graphic Designer

Our Solution

We are giving the power back to parents.

Founded in love and core values, Mazu is a Digital Village of caring families who share content, conversations, and fun. Free of like buttons and view counters, Mazu is about real conversations and sharing the truth.

Be the Change.

Help build Mazu into a healthy, thriving digital village for all families. Share your wisdom, your talents and all the things that make you, you!

Download Mazu today!