Zenabi’s Brains & Bands

Zenabi is a Westport company. Their headquarters are in the old Town Hall — the stone building next to Restoration Hardware that’s also home to Jesup Hall and Rothbard + Larder restaurants.

I’m not quite sure what Zenabi does. A spokesperson says it’s a “new pioneering tech and artificial intelligence company that helps Fortune 500 companies find signals in their data that drive growth and value.”

Their website says that Fortune 500 companies trust them to “help understand and grow individual relationships.” They also “enable companies to scale their ability to personalize interactions and offers.”

A screenshot from the Zenabi website.

But wait! There’s more!

“Built on cutting edge technology,” Zenabi can “harness powerful science to extract signals and deploy real-time solutions.”

And on and on.

I am sure Zenabi — which is a modern-day company name meaning “????” — is very good at whatever it does. Whatever that is.

But while they’re finding signals, personalizing interactions and deploying real-time solutions, they also want to connect with the local community.

So mark your calendars for Thursday, March 8 (7 p.m., Christ & Holy Trinity Church).

Zenabi will host “Brains & Bands,” which a press release helpfully subtitles “A night to remember in Westport … an event unlike any other.” The release describes this as “some of the most brilliant minds in technology, business and music come together for an epic evening of inspiration and innovation…this self-proclaimed team of ‘Pirates’ and ‘Black Ops’ of the artificial intelligence world” — I guess that’s something else Zenabi is or does — “have the set the stage for titans of industry to share their paths to success with the local community.”

(“Black Ops” might be the right term. A web search for principals brings up a page with names like Michael Flynn and John Doe — and Latin “lorem ipsum dolor” filler in place of bios for all of them.)

The website goes on to describe the event as “documenting an autobiography of what makes an impact.” That sounds — um, something.

Brains & Bands’ “righteous speakers” — the press release’s words, not mine — include:

  • WSJ best-selling author James Altucher,
  • Emmy Award-winning Chris Fischer,
  • G2 investment group founder J. Todd Morley
  • Lead singer of the band Sponge Vin Dombroski


The press release says “these speakers will get candid about building a billion-dollar business, running the world’s largest Shark-Tagging research operation, and performing next to legendary bands like Kiss, Alice in Chains and Iggy Pop.”

One of these guys is apparently Vin Dombroski.

The CEO and founder of Zenabi — who, for some reason, is not named — says in the press release, “We’re merging the left and right brain at this event. I want people to know the most important thing you can do is take action in life. All you need is an idea and to carve your own path. We promise you’ll walk away with inspiration, ideas and having a good time.”

The event is free, and open to the public. Zenabi will collect donations there for Phoebe’s Phriends, which raises money for pediatric cancer research.

(There are 2 tiers beyond free — with all proceeds donated to charity. A $500 VIP pass offers “hours of influencer sessions, access to investors and mentors, access to B&B networking, join after parties + SWAG, access to future brains and bands media content movies and more.” A $1,500 Founders pass provides more than that, including “on-stage access.”)

To reserve tickets — free or paid — click here, or contact ellen@zenabidata.com. For more information, click here.

And if you’ve got a story on how Zenabi helped your company scale your ability to personalize interactions and offers, click “Comments” below.

17 responses to “Zenabi’s Brains & Bands

  1. Sounds like double-talk to me.

    • Bob Stalling

      Hi Bobbie,
      They will take your comment as a negative piece of data (signal) and use it for their own company as a targeted source needed to be placed “on hot list for immediate personalized attention”.

      Well, there you go….

  2. shoot, i played with Iggy Pop….can i make a billion ?
    these peeps are taking advantage of BS, imho….

  3. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Here is another piece of negative material for them to target. I did not understand a word of it. Hopefully someone will attend and follow up?????
    or not!!!!!

    • The math has been around for at least 30 years; nothing new. Some times there is no signal. Some times the signal is transitory. You can buy the software; it is in the public domain.

  4. John F. (J-period) Wandres

    Boy ! Elon Musk oughta be there, cuz if he doesn’t he gonna miss out on something’ reallllll biggie. My question: does any of them folks at Zenable actually make anything?

  5. Sharon Paulsen

    Um … nope. 😏

  6. Richard Fogel

    is it Jared ??

  7. Pat Saviano

    Called the phone number just for fun. The recording (in a British accent) ends with ‘Have a righteous day.’ I hope their landlord made them pay upfront.

  8. Wow – love the comments!

    All I’m trying to do is throw a party in my home town so people can get together have a good time, have a drink & listen to some music for free.

    & Maybe meet some new people we have 12 job openings for scientists and developers – maybe some don’t want a commute in the city anymore.

    Speakers are to get conversations going just like this – love it! They’re my friends.

    Plan is to have these every quarter and give people something to do on Thursday night, New speakers more bands.

    It’s a test – may flop – but why not throw a party.

    Hope you all enjoy!

  9. Matt Murray

    Dear Mr. Ibanez,
    Can we ask about the other domains you handle? THESHRAPNEL.COM, and NYMACADETS.COM ? Are you married to Jackie?

  10. Matt Murray

    I forgot zenabi.fm too.

  11. I’m always interested in the start-up scene and looking at new ventures, with an interest to understand marketing hype (which is a big, net-negative for the scene and other entrepreneurs) vs. truly hardcore business people working on ideas.

    The principal listed here has an interestingly, “extensive” background…

    Other than a few one-year stints as a stock analyst https://www.linkedin.com/in/eduardoibanez/ a quick google turns up that he’s:

    Member of the on the Advisory Board for General Electric

    Currently Chief Scientist for a crowdfunding site who’s latest success is a cannabis company https://www.crowdfundx.io/#crowdfunding

    Zenabi was “acquired” by this crowdfunding site https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/crowdfundx-uses-artificial-intelligence-to-power-the-first-crowdfinanced-initial-public-offering-to-nyse-300472650.html

    A private contractor for the CIA

    Even comes up as a “Lead Scientist” at Priceline https://www.zoominfo.com/p/Eddie-Ibanez/-1736859439 (which is not listed on his resume)

    All “extensive background” comments do not refer to anything concrete, no picture of him shows up on any site.