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, SocialSpark and Staree. Murphy has been called the father of paid blogging and is largely credited for creating the influencer sponsorship 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 $21 million in equity 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 billionaire Dr. Phil Frost.
Murphy has consulted for some of the world’s largest marketing organizations including FOX, Bombardier, General Motors, SeaWorld and Disney. He has also negotiated deals with celebrities like Kim Kardashion, Diddy, CeeLo Green and Bob Villa. Murphy is a prominent visionary, speaking and presenting to marketing and Internet professionals around the world.
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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 am currently Founder/CEO at IZEA. 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.