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Michael Fertik      

Founder of Reputation.com, Internet Security Expert & Best-selling Author

Michael Fertik is the Executive Chairman and Founder of Reputation.com. He founded the company with the belief that people and businesses have the right to control and protect their online reputation and privacy. A futurist with more than ten patents, Fertik is credited with pioneering the field of online reputation management (ORM) and lauded as the world’s leading cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation.

Fertik was most recently named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, an annual award given by the technology industry trade group to an individual they feel embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that made the U.S. technology sector a global leader.

He is a member of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet, a recipient of the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2011 Award and through his leadership, the Forum named Reputation.com a Global Growth Company in 2012. Fertik is an industry commentator with guest columns in Harvard Business Review, Reuters, Inc.com and Newsweek.

Named a LinkedIn Influencer, he regularly blogs on current events as well as developments in entrepreneurship and technology. Fertik frequently appears on national and international television and radio, including the BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Phil, CBS Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. He is the co-author of two books, Wild West 2.0 (2010), and New York Times best seller, The Reputation Economy (2015).

Fertik founded his first Internet company while at Harvard College. He received his JD from Harvard Law School. He now teaches at Harvard Law School.

Fertik is an active technology investor as Founder and Managing Partner of Heroic Ventures.

Speech Topics


Big Data

Big Data is the new Big Idea. Multinationals, governments, and investors are all urgently seeking to crack the code on what Big Data actually means and what it will do to their current operations and opportunities. Leaders of all stripes are eager to get quickly past the hype and understand the huge creative and creatively destructive forces that Big Data represents.

Michael Fertik is one of the world's handful of acknowledged thought leaders on Big Data. The company he founded and leads, Reputation.com, is widely viewed as one of the biggest of the Big Data companies, in possession of one of the world's largest digitized and analyzed data sets on People, Places, and Things. He has authored numerous patents on Big Data and Analytics, and his forthcoming book, The Reputation Economy (Crown 2013) is a general audience deep dive into Big Data, Big Analysis, Big Science, and the future of global commerce. Using concrete examples taken both from today's real world and tomorrow's science fiction, Michael explains:

  • What Big Data actually means -- no more hype -Why NOW is the Big Data Moment

  • How Big Data is disrupting industry after industry, and how exactly that is happening

  • The difference between Big Data and Important Data -- what YOUR company needs to know now -How the Future looks in the era of Big Data

  • How you can make huge returns and thrive with and through Big Data

  • How to avoid the emerging pitfalls of Big Data

Reputation is Bigger than Brand: Building and Protecting your Business on the Next Image Frontier

Innovation: Making Innovation Work for Your Company / Culture

What's Next: Social Media, Technology and Innovation

Wild West 2.0: How to Protect and Restore Your Reputation on the Untamed Social Frontier

Social Success: Leveraging Social Media to Enhance your Brand and Your Customer Relationships

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