A serial entrepreneur, Edward “Ted” Murphy has founded six companies since 1994. Murphy’s latest venture, IZEA operates a variety of social media properties including Sponsored Tweets and SocialSpark. Murphy has been called the father of sponsored social and is largely credited for creating the industry.
Murphy has bootstrapped companies off credit cards, been VC backed and most recently brought a company public. His disruptive approach and leadership have enabled him to raise over $24 million in equity and $8 million in debt for his entrepreneurial endeavors in both public and private markets. Murphy’s backers have included top tier VCs Draper Fischer Jurvetson and Village Ventures as well as billionaires Dr. Phil Frost and John Poppajohn.
Top 20 Most-Influential Businessman in Central Florida
Orlando Business Journal
Small Business Influencer Top 100 Champions
Small Business Influencer Awards
Stevie Awards – Bronze Maverick of the Year
American Business Awards
TechCrunch Disrupt Finalist
“Ted has been an influential force in the Orlando business community since he moved here in 1999. He has employed hundreds of people, pioneered new technology and fostered the entrepreneurial spirit in everyone he touches.”
- Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer (DEM)
“Your efforts, along with the Sunshine State’s economic turnaround, are making Florida the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family.”
- Florida Governor Rick Scott (REP)
Murphy is a prominent visionary, speaking and presenting to marketing professionals and entrepreneurs around the world at over 100 events. Murphy has consulted for some of the world’s largest marketing organizations including FOX, Bombardier, General Motors, SeaWorld and Disney. He has also negotiated social sponsorship partnerships with celebrities including Kim Kardashion, Diddy, CeeLo Green and Bob Villa.
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This is the personal blog of Ted Murphy. The thoughts and statements expressed here are my own, though I do have a team that helps me create and edit content from time to time. I may get compensated from time to time to provide feedback or reviews on this site. To be safe assume that I have a financial or personal connection to everything that appears on this site. I own three pairs of pants. My favorite color is happiness. I can smell three times faster than the average man.