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Monica Zent
Sunnyvale, CA 94086, United States
Monica Zent is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, businesswoman and trusted legal advisor to leading global brands. She is the founder of leading legal services company, ZentLaw and its innovative ZentLaw Labs.
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The cliché that “work never killed anyone” is a lie. Some 600,000 people die from overwork every year in China, according the China Youth Daily. In one tragic example, a Chinese banker died at his desk in 2014 after pulling an all-nighter. While that’s an extreme example, overwork and burnout... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2017 at Monica Zent - Blog
As we exist in the social media age, legal associations and State Bars have a potent tool to exponentially expand the invaluable dialog they provide to lawyers. Yet not everyone is taking advantage. As one social media expert lamented last year, “I frequently get invited to speak on social media... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at Monica Zent - Blog
Music superstar Lady Gaga has been riding high on a new album and an American tour kicking off after the Super Bowl, but a few years ago, she was vying for a different title: Intern. In 2010, Lady Gaga applied for an internship with world renowned designer Philip Treacy after... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Monica Zent - Blog
Associate attorneys may have the highest salaries but, in a recent survey, they were rated as having the “least happy” jobs, perhaps because of the long hours and lack of work/life balance. Greater “balance,” however, might not be the answer. According to Wharton Professor Stewart D. Friedman, “A commitment to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
In late July, augmented reality startup Skully ceased operations. How did it go from the most successful wearable tech Indiegogo campaign to defunct in less than two years? Its investors threw out its founders. The nature of VC funding always creates the possibility for an investor coup. I have seen... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
HBO’s series “Silicon Valley” offers viewers an irreverent look at life inside a startup, through the eyes of young entrepreneurs and their fictitious company, Pied Piper. I appreciate the humorous take on real issues, including one all-important necessity: swag — to the tune of $30,000 in Pied Piper’s case. Tech-sector companies compete... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
A productivity revolution is afoot in the legal industry. The field of legal operations, which is tasked with cultivating in-house efficiency with a variety of techniques, has recently begun to enter the spotlight as the deservedly vital role it has been for quite some time. According to the Association of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
In June, Snapchat surpassed 150 million daily users, making it bigger than Twitter. The secret to marketing yourself is to go where the clients are. Increasingly, those clients are on Snapchat. In June, Snapchat surpassed 150 million daily users, making it bigger than Twitter. Among younger consumers, Snapchat’s penetration is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
Scaling up is an exciting process for any startup. If you’re at the point where you have achieved a level of initial success and are ready to amplify your idea by starting a sales force, that means your hunch about the market has been validated, and your hard work is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
The reluctance of legal departments to adopt new technologies to improve their work is a tried but true narrative. While many general counsel are making progress in adopting technologies, perhaps by necessity as budgets shrink, there are still many GC at legal industry events who are avoiding technologies that have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
Read the news today and you’ll find a plethora of stories on lack of equitable treatment of women in Silicon Valley as well as the startup world. There are stories about the pay gap across the industry, as well as a lack of representation so severe that some firms need... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
What does a lawyer look like? While TV lawyers — Matlock or Julianna Margulies on “The Good Wife” — might come to mind, the reality is that many of today and tomorrow’s attorneys might not look like “lawyers” at all. Instead, they might resemble programmers, freelance writers or other professionals who have no need... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
In the movie “Fight Club,” Brad Pitt’s character, Tyler Durden, had a unique method of screening candidates — he told them to go away. If the candidates persisted anyway and kept coming back, then they were in. Though I wouldn’t recommend emulating this approach, there’s a grain of wisdom in it. When... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
Sometimes referred to as the collaborative generation, millennials became the largest share of the U.S. workforce in 2015. With more thanone-in-threeAmerican workers now 18- to 34-years old, there is a growing realization that businesses can’t continue to operate in a strictly top-down manner if they expect to retain talent. Consider... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
As tech revolutionizes businesses as diverse as transportation, banking and healthcare, is there an industry that is effectively “tech proof?” Naming the industries that have been reinvented by technology, one has remained conspicuously unchanged: The law. A recent Wired article posited that these barriers are institutional, asserting, “…the lawyering business... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
It was to be the “world’s first fully integrated media and communications company for the Internet century,” a colossus with top-flight media brands and unparalleled Internet access. A triumphant press release declared it “an historic moment in which new media has truly come of age.” Within a short time though,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
We all like to pretend that we’re jaded sophisticates who are immune to digital marketing, but the truth is, a well-crafted email with a personal touch can still melt our hearts. Personalized emails have been shown to lift transaction rates 6X, though only 30 percent or so of companies use... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
There is much insecurity in the legal community. The status quo has benefited big law firms big time, but now these top-down institutions are being disrupted and the future delivery of legal services is likely to look radically different from the past. With legions of lawyers striking out on their... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
Since its inception in 2009, Uber’s primary opposition has been the law. Inmunicipality after municipality, governments have sought to ban or limit the company from doing business, though many have ultimately relented. Most recently, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office ruled that an Uber employee should be classified as an employee,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
Whatever business you’re in, the agriculture metaphor still applies: There’s a time to reap the harvest, and there’s a time to plant seeds. For entrepreneurs looking to land new business in 2016, the time to start planting seeds for success is now. The first step to landing new business in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at Monica Zent - Blog
The Great Recession of 2008 was seven years ago, but its effects continue to linger in the legal profession. In its 2015 Report on the State of the Legal Market, Georgetown Law noted that even though more than half a decade has passed, the financial contraction has changed the dynamics... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Monica Zent - Blog
The most cutting-edge companies of the moment have conflicting visions of employee productivity. Google lavishes its workers with free buffet meals, gym access and shuttles to and from work in an effort to keep them on premises and keep them happy. Facebook and Twitter have taken a similar approach. Others,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Monica Zent - Blog
Is a summer slowdown inevitable for your business? According to a survey by digital media company Captivate Network, summertime can have a negative impact on the workplace. The survey found people reporting drops in productivity, dips in attendance and increased project turnaround time. However, such setbacks need not be the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Monica Zent - Blog
The U.S. workforce is undergoing vast changes. Companies are beginning to look at the workplace as an agile construction comprised of a combination of full-time and contract workers and lean outfits supplying services at a value. The focus is on projects and curating a career portfolio, not necessarily on career... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Monica Zent - Blog
How can general counsel build exceptional relationships with the CEO and C-suite? According to a recent survey, board chairs, directors, and CEOs say that general counsel today are more likely than they were a decade ago to be viewed as key members of the executive team. As a result of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Monica Zent - Blog