Wizard of Moz – E-team Team
- Born: 1979 (in Flemington, NJ)
- Hometown: Seattle, WA
- Education: Attended Univ. of Washington, Seattle 1997-2001 | Dropped out to start Moz
- Interests: Travel, Science, NFL Football, Food, Beer, Scotch, the Internet, Adventure Time
- Press: Seattle Times Profile, Businessweek’s Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs
- Speaking Engagements: If you’d like to have me speak at a conference, meeting or event, please drop me a line via email (rand at moz dot com)
NOTE: For professional/event biographies, feel free to use the following:
Rand Fishkin is the cofounder, and Wizard of Moz. He co-authored the Art of SEO from O’Reilly Media, co-founded Inbound.org, and was named on PSBJ’s 40 Under 40 List and BusinessWeek’s 30 Best Tech Entrepreneurs Under 30. Rand is an addict of all things content & social on the web, from his blog on entrepreneurship to Twitter, Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and FourSquare. In his minuscule spare time, Rand enjoys the company of his amazing wife, Geraldine, whose serendipitous travel blog chronicles their journeys.
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I first became involved with the World Wide Web in 1993, while still in high school. After playing with MS Frontpage and building websites in the late ’90’s, I moved into consulting on the usability side of the equation, assisting local Seattle-area banks, law firms, doctors and small businesses with their domains. It wasn’t until 2002 that I got involved in the field of search marketing.
The major forums of the SEO world were my training ground, and after months of lurking, I started posting my questions, responses and experiences. In 2004, the scope and size of my material outgrew the forums and I began posting reports, data, and tools on a website that eventually became Moz.
At the start of 2005, through the generosity of Danny Sullivan, I attended my first industry conference. That April, I spoke on my first panel (on organic listings) during SES Toronto and continued with panels in SES San Jose and New York. In December of 2005, I authored the Beginner’s Guide to Search Engine Optimization just before we were featured in Newsweek magazine.
Over the last decade, I’ve had amazing opportunities to see Moz grow and become one of the most visible companies in the marketing world. I’ve been invited to speak to the teams at Google, Facebook, & Microsoft, co-founded Inbound.org with Dharmesh Shah, and given presentations for the United Nations, Stanford University, Public Media, NPR, YCombinator & Hackers & Founders. My travels have taken me from Beijing to Stockholm, Toronto to Milan, New York, London, Lima, Sofia, Cape Town, Sydney & many more. I co-authored The Art of SEO book for O’Reilly Publishing. Now, I’m working on scaling Moz & trying to get comfortable with a new, much more demanding role.
From 2007-2013, I was Moz’s CEO, but have moved into a new position as an individual contributor, while our longtime COO, Sarah Bird, takes the CEO reigns.
When I’m not working I’m off exploring new parts of the world, spending time with my wife (whom I proposed to in Feb. 2007 and married in Sept. 2008), Everywhereist, or watching the NFL. I’m also a big supporter of some local charities including SeeYourImpact, a startup non-profit focused on scaling the interaction between contributors and those who benefit as well as Seattle Children’s Hospital.
What’s Up with the Yellow Shoes?
My yellow Pumas are a personal fashion trademark that I’ve been wearing to conferences and events since I began in the field. It’s a good way to identify me if you’re not good with faces (a common issue in the tech field). I used to own two pairs (now down to one), so am always on the lookout for more (as they’ve been discontinued). Since appearing in several press & event photos, they’ve become a cross between an inside joke and an icon – which suits me fine (I’m more partial to the former than the latter).
- Email: rand at moz dot com
- Phone: 206-632-3171 (although email is usually a better way to reach me)
Rand on the Web
- Rand on Twitter
- Rand on LinkedIn
- Rand on Facebook
- Rand on Google
- Rand’s Personal Blog – Moz.com/Rand