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Rand Fishkin        

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

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 SEOmoz, Inc (now called Moz), 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 6 years as CEO, Rand grew Moz from 7 employees to 134, revenues from $800K to $29.3mm, and traffic from 1mm to 30mm annual visitors. He raised two rounds of funding ($1.1mm in 2007 and $18.1mm in 2012), led three acquisitions, and, in 2013, re-branded the company from SEOmoz to Moz, shifting focus from exclusively SEO tools to broader web marketing software.

Rand stepped down as CEO in February of 2014 during a rough bout with depression and promoted longtime Chief Operations Officer, Sarah Bird, to the position. He moved into an individual contributor role with the company and retains the title “Wizard of Moz,” as well as the stuffier, less-fun title “Chairman of the Board of Directors.”

Rand is also the co-founder of Inbound.org, a site to dedicated to sharing articles about marketing from across the web, 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 ~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, Google+, Facebook, and Slideshare.

Rand previously co-contributed to two books: Art of SEO, and Inbound Marketing & SEO, previously served on the board of directors at Minted, a San Francisco-based maker of design goods, and co-invested in Techstars Seattle’s 2015 fund. Rand has 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 the category in his honor on the Everywhereist blog.

Geraldine and Rand are also teeny, tiny ($6K) investors in Techstars Seattle.


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.

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.

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.

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