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Inspiring Conversations with Jonathan Maxim of K&J Growth Hackers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Maxim.

Hi Jonathan, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Grew up among humble means. Left home at 18 for California, eventually doing undergrad in graphic design at SDSU. Then a dual MBA at SDSU and studying abroad in Malta. Went to corporate as a marketing strategist at Xfinity, full suit and tie gig. Left to start my tech company, a fitness app that gives you rewards for working out. Learned growth hacking there and had the app go viral on Twitter, getting 15k installs overnight. From then on saw the immense potential in growth marketing. Exited that company in 2017 to start K&J Growth Hackers with a stranger from NZ I’d never met. Since, launched 150 marketing campaigns for brands like Tiktok, Monster Energy, and University of Delaware. This year, we made the top 20 on Inc5000s list of fastest-growing companies with 9.7x YoY growth rate. Today run a podcast called Zen Business. Host retreats teaching overworked entrepreneurs to meditate/yoga. And hang out with my doggo Santo.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Haha, put short, no way. In fact, “lost it all” twice and nearly went homeless when a big deal with Kevin Hart fell through after getting caught up in legal reviews. But, the deep lows ultimately unlocked my spirituality and now guide us forward toward more growth and learning. – first startup left me 100k in debt after a big investor pulled out. Paid that down slowly and steadily and rebuilt far beyond it, learning incredible lessons – suffered from 2 specific anxiety attacks that almost made me throw in the towel – there are other struggles in business that can potentially ruin a company that we have overcome, like nearly losing a huge client – twice.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Lean and mean boutique marketing agency known for helping TikTok gain over 18000 new users overnight using 200 influencers and bulk DMs. We specialize in scaling eComm and tech brands to six and seven figures per month. We guarantee better performance than all past marketing. Founders are writers at Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazine. Most proud of the culture we teach and augment through everyone we come in contact with: mindfulness, candor, and results. A focus on building a beautiful life, not just a profitable business.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
We offer an array of free resources to help you get more ROI out of your marketing, which can be found at Encourage anyone who’s grappling with the difficult balance of work versus play to tune into the podcast Zen Business, where we speak with highly successful leaders who were once in the trenches but overcame and are now giving back. Additional free resources for your spiritual journey can also be found on Instagram @itsjmaxim.


  • Pricing ranges from 4K-15k per month for marketing and creative services

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