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For professional events and republication, please use the following bio: Rand Fishkin is cofounder and CEO of audience research startup SparkToro. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through his writing, speaking, startups, and his book, Lost and Founder. When Rand’s not working, he’s usually cooking a fancy meal for the love of his life, author Geraldine DeRuiter. If you bribe him with great pasta or great cocktails, he’ll spill big tech’s dark secrets.
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Full Bio: Rand dropped out of the University of Washington in 2000 to work full-time at his mother’s small business marketing firm as a web designer. In 2004, he created the SEOmoz blog, which, over the next decade, became the world’s most popular community and content resource for search marketers. In 2007, Rand became CEO of Moz (prev. SEOmoz), the software company he co-founded with his mom based on the blog’s success. That same year, he proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Geraldine DeRuiter, with a TV commercial that received widespread publicity (and, later, an awkward appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show). The two married in 2008 in a move Rand consistently refers to as the best, luckiest one of his life.
Over 7 years as CEO, Rand grew Moz to 130+ employees, $30M+ in revenue, and traffic to 30M+ visitors/year. He raised two rounds of funding, led three acquisitions, and a rebrand. Rand stepped down as CEO in 2014 during a rough bout with depression and left the company 4 years later. Rand was also the co-founder of Inbound.org alongside Dharmesh Shah. The site was sold (for no profit) to Hubspot in 2014.
Rand may be best known for his popular blogs and regular Whiteboard Friday series, watched by tens of thousands of marketers each week. Rand is also a frequent keynote speaker at marketing conferences around the world, averaging (before the pandemic) ~100 days on the road each year and 30-40 speaking appearances. He has, much to his own surprise, amassed a large following on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pocket, Facebook, and Instagram.
In 2018, Rand founded SparkToro and published, with Penguin/Random House, Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World. Rand previously co-contributed to two books: Art of SEO, and Inbound Marketing & SEO. He’s been profiled in the Seattle Times, featured in Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, named to BusinessWeek’s 30 Under 30, written about in Newsweek, The Next Web, the Inc 500 (to which Moz was named 5 years in a row), and hundreds of other publications. He is, however, most proud of his prominent appearances in Geraldine’s first book, All Over the Place. Geraldine and Rand are also small investors in TinySeed Accelerator, Techstars Seattle and Backstage Capital.
- Get in touch: email rand at sparktoro dot com (please don’t use Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc. I’m not great about checking them)
- Social Networks (from most to least used): Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Pocket, Slideshare, Quora, Pinterest.
Booking Rand to Speak:
- Meaningful with Paul Campillo: Marketing is a Product (2020)
- How to Reach Your Audience Beyond Facebook & Google (2020)
- StartupGrind 2019
- SMX Munich 2019 Opening Keynote
- Rand on Wistia’s Brandwagon 2019
- All of Rand’s slides 2012-2019 on Slideshare (text & visuals)
Speaking requirements: During the pandemic-induced quarantine, my only request for virtual speaking events is a $500 donation to https://www.givedirectly.org/
I’m currently accepting travel-speaking invitations to events after: October, 2021 (depending on when travel is safe for Americans) If you’d like me to speak at a conference or event after the date above, please drop a line to [email protected].
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