Hey there! I'm an entrepreneur, a runner and a contributor for Entrepreneur. I'm a leader at heart, a developer by degree and an internet startup guy by trade.

I'm proud to be the CEO over at Coplex, a startup studio focused on truly collaborative product design, development and growth strategy. Coplex builds startups and digital products using lean and agile techniques. I’ve been in the digital marketing and startup world since getting paid to build my first website around the time of Y2K. Is that still a thing? Beyond Coplex, I really enjoy elevating, serving and connecting entrepreneurial communities around the world.

My break into the entrepreneurial world began at 15, before I even knew how to spell entrepreneur. I started a car stereo business called Concept Customz. Apparently, I didn’t know how to spell that, either. Shortly thereafter, I started BounceHost, a web hosting and computer repair company in my hometown of Bellevue, Ohio.

After realizing that I could design and build websites from the comfort of my own dorm room I decided to pivot BounceHost to a web design company. This was the start of BounceFire, which, by college graduation, would grow to be a quarter-million dollar business.

In 2010, I had the honor of representing BounceFire at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards as one of the top 33 student entrepreneurs in the world. While we didn’t win, I connected with a final round judge who later acquired BounceFire in May of 2011.

After the acquisition, I had the opportunity to come on as a partner with Ilya Pozin at Coplex in 2012. Over the years we've rebuilt the company and focused in on our goal of being the best startup studio in the world.

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  • 1987
Baby Zach March, 1987
Arrived in the world

Yeap, this is really me! No idea who let me wear an Indians shirt because I've always been a Tigers fan.

  • 1997
Little League Baseball April, 1997
Little League Baseball

Flash forward to 10 years old. Passed the cut and made the Little League baseball team in good ole Bellevue, Ohio!

  • 2008
Zach Running ONU Cross Country September, 2008
ONU Cross Country

For some reason thought it was a good idea to rock puka shells during the 2008 Ohio Northern University Cross Country season.

  • 2009
Zach Dressed like the Easter Bunny October, 2009
Dressed like the Easter Bunny

Decided it was a good idea to dress up like the Easter Bunny on Halloween. Fortunately or unfortunately, this costume has made numerous reappearances.

  • 2010
Global Student Entrepreneurs Award (GSEA) November, 2010
Global Student Entrepreneurs Award (GSEA)

Had an opportunity to present BounceFire at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City as one of the top 33 student entrepreneurs in the world.

  • 2011
BounceFire Logo May, 2011
BounceFire Acquisition

Exited my first business BounceFire and moved the crew out to Arizona for the next big adventure.

  • 2012
Coplex January, 2012
Joined Coplex

Joined forces with Coplex and balanced time between Los Angeles and Phoenix while building the company.

  • 2013
January, 2013
Launched Huddlewoo

Launched Huddlewoo, an online video chat platform that you can use to monetize your time.

  • 2015
Zach Accepting Coplex's Empact100 Award January, 2015
Coplex Receives Empact100 Award

Coplex received the Empact Showcase award as one of the best companies in the country started by young entrepreneurs.

  • 2015
November, 2015
Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35.

Received an award for being one of the top 35 entrepreneurs under 35 in Arizona by azcentral.com.


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