About our featured guest, Ted Murphy | Chairman & CEO IZEA
Edward ‘Ted’ Murphy is a dynamic serial entrepreneur who has founded six companies since 1994. Today he is Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board, of IZEA, the global leader of social media sponsorship. Largely considered the pioneer of SMS, Ted’s vision for democratizing content and influencer compensation is now a reality in most marketing strategies, from top brands and agencies to small businesses.Ted’s grown the IZEA network to 850,000 registered influencers in 147 countries and 50,000 registered advertisers. The company has successfully completed more than three million social media sponsorships across five platforms: Staree, IZEA Media, WeReward, SponsoredTweetsand SocialSpark. Under Ted’s leadership, IZEA became publicly traded in May 2011.
Immediately prior to IZEA Ted founded interactive agency MindComet. In 2005 he introduced PayPerPost to the social media marketplace, which spun out of MindComet in 2006 and later became IZEA.
Ted’s enthusiasm for the unconventional earned him the ear of some of the world’s largest marketing and brand organizations, and his efforts brought international recognition from top media outlets. Ted has received top speaker placement at events including BlogWorld (now New Media Expo), The Corporate Social Media Summit, Florida Venture Forum, SMX and Dow Jones Venture One Summit.
An avid athlete, Ted has completed 14 marathons and lives in Orlando with his family, wife Tara, son Zane and dog Bonzo. He is active in the Orlando community and supports a variety of charities, including Habitat for Humanity and Rock for Hunger.
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