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Rand Fishkin        

CEO of Moz, Co-Founder of Inbound.org & Author of "Art of SEO"

Rand Fishkin is cofounder and CEO of SparkToro, makers of fine audience research software. He’s dedicated his professional life to helping people do better marketing through his writing, videos, speaking, and his book, "Lost and Founder."

When Fishkin’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 fancy cocktails, he’ll pull back the curtain on big tech’s dark secrets.

Fishkin 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, the company (Moz) transitioned from consulting to software and Fishkin took the role of CEO. 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 Fishkin considers the best of his life.

Over 7 years as CEO, Fishkin 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. Fishkin stepped down as CEO in 2014 during a rough bout with depression and left the company 4 years later. Fishkin also co-founded Inbound.org alongside Dharmesh Shah. The site was sold to Hubspot in 2014.

In 2018, Fishkin started SparkToro with Casey Henry and published, with Penguin/Random House, "Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World." Fishkin 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, 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 Fishkin are also small investors in TinySeed Accelerator, LegUp, TeamSportz, Techstars Seattle and Backstage Capital.

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How the Very Best Content Curation Is Done on Social Media
Rand shares all sorts of content on marketing, SEO, technology, and startups, and he does so with a fine eye toward curation. Content curation on social media is a great way to provide value to your audience and build your own brand.
Content Marketing: What Separates Success From Failure? [Rand Fishkin Interview]
Content marketing strategies often fail and for many different reasons. My colleague Mark Traphagen and I recently invited well-respected thought leader and Moz founder Rand Fishkin to join us on a live video broadcast of The Digital Marketing Excellence Show to discuss the reasons why.
Rand Fishkin on SEO: ‘Failure + Learning x Time = Success’
On the second day of the 2016 Digital Book World Conference, Moz Founder Rand Fishkin gave an energetic presentation about the benefits of search engine optimization (SEO) for book publishers, and provided a litany of best practices to help them get started.

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