Johnathan Grzybowski

Episode # 147

From A $10 Weekly Food Allowance to Inc. Magazine’s List of 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

Today I’m super excited to be joined on The Alden Report by Johnathan Grzybowski. Jonathan is the Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of Penji which is an on-demand graphic design service making quality graphic design fast, simple and affordable for everyone. Johnathan and his co-founder created Penji after experiencing first-hand how expensive and time consuming graphic design can be for small businesses and startups. Today, Penji’s unlimited graphic design platform provides real-time access to vetted designers which support thousands of brands and agencies worldwide from small startups to nationally known brands such as Rebook, Pepboys, Lyft, 1800-Flowers, and Express. 

Jonathan shares his early stage struggles to get the business off the ground by grinding it out day and night and maxing out credit cards. What started as a traditional digital marketing agency barely surviving from day-to-day morphed into the thriving hands-on design business that it is today through patience and by learning to trust the process. The valuable lesson learned is that the real customer process may take you in a different direction than expected and you need to be able to adapt at a moment’s notice. 

Penji’s goal is to make an impact, not just an impression. Throughout its growth process, Jonathan has made it a priority of the company to remain true to their values and supportive of their community. To strengthen its community, the company pledges 10% of their monthly profits to help those who are helping others in addition to offering their full design services at a highly discounted rate to qualified non-profits and social-impact startups through their Unlimited programs.

Thank you so much to Johnathan for coming on and joining us this week on The Alden Report.

For more information on Johnathan Gryzbowski and his company Penji, you can visit