A lot’s happening here at ZOZI, and we’re looking for extremely passionate, talented people to help us make that happen!
We’re hiring the best in engineering, design, content, sales, and more. If you like the idea of building a company that helps people create life memories, you might be right for ZOZI.
We provide a number of excellent perks including unlimited vacation, credits for free ZOZI experiences, gym memberships, professional development budgets, and a gorgeous sky-lit office in Jackson Square, San Francisco.
Check out the full list of perks and open positions on our Careers page here.
‘Twas the weeks before Holidays,
and on the West Coast,
the ZOZI team was stirring,
egg-nog ready to toast.
The stockings were full,
packed with adventurous gifts,
high-hopes that St Nicholas
wouldn’t notice them amiss.
On the first day of 12 Days of Adventures, your friends at ZOZI gave to you, no, not a partridge or a pear-tree, but a chance to enter to win a trip from Intrepid Travel that will have you exploring an incredible part of the world through the eyes of our ZOZI Gurus.
On the second day, we left the turtle doves in peace and gave you another amazing adventure location. You even have the choice of entering in Day 1 instead, if Day 2 wasn’t your cup of tea.
Day 3, we decided the French Hens should remain in France and opened yet another getaway contest, or gave you the option of entering Day 1 or 2 again, with more chances to win your chosen adventure!
Day 4.. well, we think you get the gist. All the way up to Day 12 when the last mind-blowing adventure will be announced!
Why, you ask? Because we at ZOZI may well be descended from Elves. Or Santa. Or someone/thing equally as generous. We love adventure, we love travel, and we love to give. So enter the 12 Days of Adventure Giveaway, presented by Kyocera, and you could win your ultimate adventure getaway!
Each day represents one of our adrenaline-junkie, inspirational Gurus; from kite-boarder Susi Mai to culinary genius Michael Mina, snowboarder Travis Rice to big wave surfer Maya Gabeira. You’ll find out about a new getaway everyday, which Guru tips you’ll receive, and why that location was chosen..
Happy Holidays ZOZI adventurers!
Eric Orton is a force to be reckoned with. As author of amazing new run-training book “The Cool Impossible” and the featured running coach in Chris McDougall’s bestseller “Born To Run,” Eric has achieved phenomenal fame and respect in the running world through his personable and no-nonsense approach to run coaching.
A ZOZI Guru since January 2012, Eric describes ZOZI as “an attitude and approach to living life to the fullest.” He says that he feels “the same about my coaching and way of life. We (ZOZI) both use adventure as a tool to get more people outside and active.”
Eric also finds inspiration in a number of aspects of his personal life, citing his family as his main source; “My parents gave me unconditional love and never asked ‘why’ which allowed me to follow my own path. My wife has giving me the greatest gift, the support to follow my passion when it doesn’t always make sense. And now my 7 year old daughter, who keeps it real, and is teaching me how to climb!”
This support was imperative when Eric chose to leave the corporate world in the mid-1990’s to pursue his love for athletic endeavors. He became Director of Fitness at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and subsequently started his own online coaching business: “which I have now been coaching and operating full time for 11 years – coaching runners, triathletes, cyclists, mountaineers.”
Living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Eric is constantly in awe of the spectacular environment and the fantastic life that he’s been able to build for himself, stating that; “when you follow your passion and embrace fear, crazy great things happen. I get to be like a kid everyday, running on the trails and helping others to do the same.” But don’t be fooled by his excitement and seemingly ‘easy’ lifestyle, as Eric is a fervent achiever and is always looking for the next opportunity. “I have a lot of irons in the fire that all lead back to helping runners and my “Cool Impossible” goal of global running – one runner per household,” he said. “Huge goal, but that is the point. I am still coaching runners all round the World and am also focused on continuing to build my global running website: The Cool Impossible.”
On top of his writing endeavors, Eric is also involved with a new shoe company called B2R, a company that aims to provide runners with proper training shoes and equipment. Add in the “few digital/TV media projects and adventure run traveling” experiences, which are designed to continue to promote global running, plus the distribution of “The Cool Impossible” to 13 countries, where he will be promoting the book’s message in the form of clinics, speaking engagements, and run events, and you have one busy man!
Eric’s focus for “The Cool Impossible” is to “challenge the reader to think big and beyond what they think they are capable with their running,” he said, and we can safely say that he’s not only achieved it, but superseded that goal.
To celebrate his incredible dedication to helping others strive, achieve and improve, we at ZOZI are proud to offer a 10 person only VIP training session and meet’n’greet and a public book signing and talk at Sports Basement, Presidio in San Francisco on Wednesday November 6th.
To enter to win a spot on the training session please email email@example.com by November 1st with “VIP Training Session with Eric Orton” in the subject line.
To attend the ‘open to the public’ book signing and talk, where his book “The Cool Impossible” will be available for purchase at the event, please RSVP HERE.
Team ZOZI Gets an Insider’s Look at the America’s Cup Race & Win the Ultimate America’s Cup Adventure
Team ZOZI took a recent field trip to visit Oracle Team USA’s headquarters to meet our newest ZOZI Guru, Oracle Team USA’s captain Jimmy Spithill, tour the facilities and experience once-in-a lifetime access to one of the most regaled sports around the world: sailing
A race older than the modern Olympics, the America’s Cup began in 1851 when a schooner named ‘America’ soared past British sailboats racing in Northern England. Queen Victoria was in attendance at the race and “asked one of her attendants to tell her who was in second place.”Your Majesty, there is no second,” came the reply. That phrase, just four words, is still the best description of the America’s Cup, and how it represents the singular pursuit of excellence.
The magnificent 90ft US-17 – winner of the 33rd America’s Cup in 2010 sits out front. Elevated on a huge platform, the sailboat receives a thorough scrub-down from Oracle Team USA crewmembers. This isn’t even the boat that will be racing in the 34th America’s Cup this month, but it’s obvious that each boat is treated like a thoroughbred racehorse.
As we walk into a huge hangar that’s normally closed to the public and monitored by security at all times, the immense amount of work, details and preparation for the America’s Cup become obvious.
Marketing member Lloyd, an energetic Kiwi with a Team USA heart shows us around the ‘secret enclave’ – an airline hangar that houses all the necessities for Team USA. The facility boasts a top of the line gym where Spithill and crewmembers work out to get into tip top physical condition for the races, cafe and lounge, showers, and restrooms. We see sails longer than a Boeing 737, cranes and construction materials throughout the hangar, and a crew of over 125, in addition to former engineers from Boeing, Nascar, and Ferrari bustle around the complex.
We exit the building, entering onto the pier and watch as the 72ft Oracle boat, an engineering marvel, is lowered into water for the day’s 3-4 hour training session. We watched the team, ranging in ages from 22 to 45, decked out for their training session; dawning microphones, oxygen tanks, life-jackets, wetsuits and Red Bull-sponsored helmets prepare to set sail for the day.
Spithill casually strikes up a conversation with ZOZI team members about his passion for sailing in San Francisco Bay, and the team’s next moves to the World Tour post America’s Cup. His spirited but professional demeanor is what made him an ideal choice as a ZOZI Guru.
The crew snaps into action and we watch the awe-inspiring vessel get towed out to the bay by a tugboat. This historic sport is one that everyone can enjoy, whether it’s learning to sail, or watching the boats soar past during the America’s Cup.
Be sure to head to the Pier’s at San Francisco Bay before September 23rd to soak in some of the sailing action yourself!
TO WIN THE ULTIMATE AMERICA’S CUP ADVENTURE - enter here.
- 3 nights in a hip San Francisco hotel (from Hotel Tonight)
- Sailing on an America’s Cup boat with Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA Skipper and ZOZI Guru
- An incredible dinner at Charles Phan’s Slanted Door and cocktails at Hard Water (an experience curated by Liquor.com)
- Take an exclusive tour of the Oracle Team USA hangar
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Leading active lifestyle brand connecting consumers with local experiences, getaways and gear, wins award third year in a row
SAN FRANCISCO, AUGUST 1, 2013 – ZOZI today was named to Outside Magazine’s sixth annual “Best Places to Work” list. ZOZI was ranked No. 52 out of 100 selected companies. The full list of the top-ten-performing small, medium, and large companies will be published online on August 1 at: OutsideOnline.com/bestplacestowork
Outside’s “Best Places to Work” project celebrates the innovative companies setting a new standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States. Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while also supporting their social and environmental contributions.
This year’s “Best Places To Work” list will highlight not only the Top 100 companies, but will also spotlight those on the list that offer the best perks, including “Fitness-Friendly” companies, those with the best “Flex Time” policies, the “Best Travel Perks,” and those with the “Best Office Culture.”
“For the last five years, my team has poured every ounce of their passion, creativity, and dedication into creating an active lifestyle platform that we believe has the power the make a difference in the lives of our customers,” said TJ Sassani, CEO, founder, ZOZI. “This award is especially meaningful because it’s the result of honest and confidential feedback from our team. We spend a lot of energy making ZOZI a great place to work because we know that building an inspiring culture goes hand in hand with building one of the world’s best active lifestyle companies. We’re incredibly grateful to be recognized by our team and named to this prestigious list for the third year in a row; and it’s also a great honor to be named alongside other iconic brands, such as Patagonia, who share our ethos.”
“We’re proud to publicize the efforts of these 100 companies,” said Outside editor Christopher Keyes.” They each show a real commitment to creating active, healthy work environments and put a premium on innovative benefits. Year after year, Outside’s Best Places to Work program demonstrates that America’s most successful companies are the ones that consistently promote true work-life balance for their employees.”
ZOZI’s active lifestyle platform is designed with three pillars in mind: inspiration, commerce, and technology. The ZOZI Guru® team (the inspiration component) is made up of 13 activity category leading celebrities led by global phenomenon Bear Grylls, host of NBC’s new summer hit show: “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls.” The ZOZI Gurus inspire people to Get Out There™ and connect with ZOZI’s local experiences, getaways, and gear (the commerce component). Details on the technology component will be announced shortly.
ZOZI: Tian Lee / firstname.lastname@example.org / 323.605.9160
OUTSIDE MAGAZINE: Jada Williams/ Jada@giantnoise.com / 646.649.4933
ZOZI inspires people to live active lifestyles by connecting them with local experiences, getaways, and the gear they need to Get Out There™. On ZOZI, you can discover and book unforgettable experiences that are around the corner or around the world and find the Gear you need for your next adventure. Each experience featured on the site is curated by a team of in-house experts; such as full-moon kayaking, vineyard touring by bike, surfing and relaxing in a private coastal villa, or even once in a lifetime experiences with category leading celebrities, (ZOZI Gurus®) such as snowboarding the Jackson Hole backcountry with three-time X-Games Gold Medalist and Creator of Art of Flight, Travis Rice. The ZOZI Guru® team are 13 category leading celebrities led by global phenomenon Bear Grylls, host of NBC’s new summer hit show: “Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls.” ZOZI makes it easy to discover experiences in dozens of cities across the US and Canada or book getaways across all seven continents. ZOZI is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in New York City and Vancouver, Canada. For more information, visit: http://www.zozi.com/info
Outside is America¹s leading active lifestyle brand. For more than 30 years,Outside has covered travel, sports, adventure, health, and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. The Outside family includes Outside magazine, the only magazine to win three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence, The OutsideBuyer’s Guides, Outside Online, Outside Television, Outside Events, Outside+ tablet edition, and Outside Books. Visit us online and on Facebook.
ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.
ABOUT THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure a healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA’s career center:www.outdoorindustry.org.
Every once in awhile, we get an amazing story in our inbox from people who have opened up themselves to new experiences through ZOZI. The last time this happened, we helped a young couple plan the world’s first wedding by jetpack. This past week, we got an inspiring note from John & Karen Wright telling us about a recent cycling expedition they took with their family across Northern Thailand that they booked through ZOZI. We wanted to share it as it reminds us quiet clearly, why we do what we do. Thank you to the Wright family for sharing your story with us!
Just wanted to let you know we just returned from our 17 day trip to Thailand. The first week we spent biking in Northern Thailand with Team Peddlers – Package purchased through Zozi. We had the most amazing experience of our lives, especially on that first week. The guides, the mountains, people, food, mystical mountain bungalow resorts…… I just can’t say enough about what this has meant to our family of four. The biking wasn’t easy but it taught us a lot about what kind of “stuff” we’re made of. Many thank yous for introducing this idea to us through your web site. We also enjoyed wearing the T-shirts you sent us! I will attach a couple photos!
John & Karen Wright
ZOZI Expands Beyond Local Experiences and Travel Getaways, Announces New Ecommerce Strategy Focused on Outdoor Gear, Apparel
The leader in experience matures beyond flash-sales and introduces original priced items with launch of newly designed experiential marketplace featuring local experiences, travel getaways and as of today, gear from trusted brands including Salomon, New Balance, Patagonia Footwear, and more
Thursday, December 13, 2013
For more info: http://www.zozi.com
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – ZOZI, the most trusted brand in experience and adventure, today announced the launch of outdoor gear and apparel from the world’s leading outdoor and active lifestyle brands including Salomon, New Balance, Patagonia Footwear, adidas Outdoor, Timbuk2, Sugoi and others (with hundreds of additional premium brand partners to launch in 2013).
The new retail strategy is the latest addition to ZOZI’s newly designed marketplace, which already offered local experiences across 26 cities in the US and Canada, travel getaways around the world, and exclusive celebrity-guided adventures via ZOZI Gurus™. In response to customer demand, the new marketplace will now offer a much broader selection of products across all business lines, which will be a mix of both original-priced and sale items, as opposed to the flash sales-only model that the company launched with in 2010.
“The heart of our company has always been about connecting people to the spirit of adventure so that they can get out there and experience all this world has to offer,” said TJ Sassani, CEO, ZOZI. While we continue to see strong growth in our local experience and travel getaway product lines, which will still be core to our long-term strategy, our customer purchase data indicates that our new retail business will be our largest yet. Our vertically-focused ecommerce platform sits innovatively at the nexus of inspiration, commerce, and technology. We’ve uniquely introduced the inspiration element in January of this year via ZOZI Gurus™ (celebrity experts); commerce includes local experiences, travel getaways, and now, gear; and we’re excited to make an announcement in Q1 regarding our long-term technology strategy.”
Because of ZOZI’s unique position in the experiential market, revenue growth continues to be very strong with more than 7X growth in 2011, 2.5X growth in 2012, and even greater growth planned in 2013, thanks in part to the newly launched retail gear strategy. ZOZI has announced more than $10M in venture funding to date from investors including the Pritzker Family, Launch Capital, 500 Startups, Forerunner Ventures, ZIG Capital, and others.
ZOZI is the most trusted brand in experience and adventure and innovatively sits at the nexus of inspiration, commerce and technology. On ZOZI, you can discover and book unforgettable experiences that are around the corner, or around the world and find the GEAR needed to GET OUT THERE. Each experience featured on the site is curated by a team of in-house experts; such as full-moon kayaking, wine tasting and vineyard touring by bike, surfing and relaxing in a private coastal villa, skiing the Sierra backcountry with Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley, and more. ZOZI is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit http://www.zozi.com.
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Working day in and day out at ZOZI is an inspiring thing. Not unlike jobs that other people have though, sometimes there are hard days, and sometimes there are amazing and encouraging ones. Here at ZOZI, we definitely see a lot of the latter, especially when we get to work so closely with people whose biggest passions in life are to strive to do the impossible everyday.
In that bucket, are our friends over at The American Himalayan Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports vital education, healthcare, and cultural and environmental preservation throughout the Himalayan region. The foundation’s Vice President is Norbu Tenzing (son of Tenzing Norgay who with Sir Edmund Hillary made the first ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953).
This incredible organization that stemmed from a few people’s love for climbing will be hosting a fundraising event in San Francisco, October 3, that will bring some of the most compelling and famous people in the climbing world together to raise awareness and funds for those in need in the Himalayan region of the world. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
Ueli Steck, the speed demon
One of the world’s fastest and most versatile alpinists, the “Swiss Machine” can practically sprint up the most challenging and deadly mountains – usually alone and unroped! Ueli holds multiple speed records, and has accomplished everything from El Capitan free climbs and 5.13 solos to summiting five of the 8000m peaks, including Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen.
Alex Honnold, the rock star
At just 27, Alex is widely regarded as the best free solo climber out there. His superhuman strength and agility allow him to devour routes like Half Dome in 82 minutes with only shoes, chalk and an appetite for extreme situations. As he says, “Half of the appeal of soloing is just to be hanging out in outrageous places. It’s kind of the whole point.”
Jimmy Chin, the visionary
As a world-class mountaineer and one of the most sought after expedition photographers working today, Jimmy is probably the only person to ever ski down Everest – while filming! His rare combination of artistic and athletic talent has provided unparalleled access to the beauty, danger and lifestyle of climbing for audiences of National Geographic, People, Outside and Men’s Journal.
Today was a big day for ZOZI and an awesome couple named Grant and Amanda. Together, we pulled off the “World’s First Jetpack Wedding” and we had a blast doing it. We really love this story in particular because Grant and Amanda are the type of people that inspire what we do everyday.
To celebrate, we’re GIVING AWAY an all inclusive jetpack adventure for you and a guest (that includes jetpack flights, flight to Newport Beach, CA and a two night hotel stay). Click on the below icon to enter. Don’t want to bank on luck to get on this amazing jetpack? You can buy a flight experience yourself here on ZOZI.
If you haven’t already heard the story, back in June, we got an awesome email from a ZOZI fan and customer named Grant Engler. He had proposed to his girlfriend on a romantic zozi Getaway vacation in Mexico, and had sent us an email with a photo of him down one knee wearing our shirt and popping the big question. We passed the email around to the entire company and everyone was stoked and happy for him and his new fiance.
It was inspiring for us to remember that the business we build everyday helps people have amazing experiences and make incredible memories. We were so touched in fact that we wanted to take Grant’s “ZOZI moment” and make it even more awesome by helping the two lovebirds be the first couple to ever to be wedded by jetpack.
Both Grant and Amanda share a deep love for the outdoors and new experiences, so we figured this would be the perfect opportunity for us to give back to our awesome customers and show what our business is most passionate about: helping people live their life to the fullest through amazing, awe-inspiring experiences (and we couldn’t do much better than making their wedding one they could tell their kids and grandkids and for the record-books!).
How did it all go down you ask? Well, with a gorgeous Southern California coast as their backdrop, the groom, who wore a white bowtie over his black wetsuit, and bride, decked out in a white rash guard, white board shorts and veil, “flew down the aisle” by jetpack to Pachelbel Canon in D, and were married on a small beach with forty of their closest family and friends. And if that wasn’t already over the top awesome, the couple’s first dance took place in the air, also by jetpack, to Frank Sinatra’s “Come Fly with Me.”
Thank you to Grant and Amanda, their spirit for living life and new adventures. Your thirst for new experiences is why we continue to be passionate about what we do everyday at ZOZI.
We also want to give a huge shout out to Jetlev Southwest (providers of the jetpacks), the Prive Beauty Group (our talented hair and makeup team) and Vow Muse (our officiant extraordinaire) for helping to make this a reality!