Trendsetter to Know: Zach Schleien, Co-Founder & CEO of Filteroff

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Name: Zach Schleien

Twitter: @GetFilterOff

Facebook: @filteroff 

Instagram: @zach08590 & @filteroffdating


Age: 31

Title: CEO/Co-founder Filteroff

Married/Single: Single

Kids: No

City you live in: NYC

A typical day in my life includes… I start my day with a workout, head to the office and work on Filteroff, after work I do a breathwork class then cook dinner, then have a date or meet up with friends.

I was born… in Baltimore, Maryland

My favorite thing about Arizona… I love how kind people are in Arizona, how beautiful it is, and how there’s always so much to do! 

I’m listening to… the Acquired podcast!

My family… is everything to me! My brother and dad have been a huge support in my life.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… with Jeff Bezos.

One thing I cannot live without… is my iPhone.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… a mailman! 

I’m inspired by… my family. My mom was an entrepreneur. She never followed the status quo when it came to business and launched a very successful electrolysis company in Florida.

The one person who motivates me is… my dad. He is such an inspiration. He runs a hospital and has always been a motivating factor in my life. He is a man of integrity and an incredible leader.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… how people online date! I would love to see singles actually connect with one another versus judging the other based on their profile picture.

The perfect day would be… an amazing workout, hang out with amazing friends, and have an amazing steak dinner

My first job was… working at Cutco selling knives!

My favorite escape… my lake house. It’s extremely meditative and love to go out there to recharge and think.

My life… has been a lot of fun! I’ve always strived to be a full-time entrepreneur. I was able to leave my full-time job in October. 

I’m currently working on… Filteroff!

Always… eating clean and meeting new people!

Never… hurting my health! Health is the key to living a fulfilling life.

Favorite Quote… by Steve Jobs: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

Biggest Dream… Filteroff becomes the go-to dating app for authentic connection. 

My Pet Peeve(s)… being true to your word! If you say something, do it. If you can’t, just communicate. 

Bio-on yourself/company:  Zach Schleien is the Co-founder/CEO of the video speed dating app, Filteroff. Filteroff has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, BBC, and hit #1 on ProductHunt. Previously he ran and sold the dating blog Top Romp, which covered dating hacks and apps for the modern dater. He is a TEDx speaker and his passions lie in technology, health, and creating authentic connections. When he is not working, Zach loves to travel the world, listen to podcasts, and workout. 

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