Ted Murphy is a serial entrepreneur who has founded six companies since 1994. Today he is Founder, CEO and Chairman of IZEA. Murphy has been called the father of paid blogging and is largely credited for creating the social sponsorship industry. In 2006 Murphy launched PayPerPost.com, the first online marketplace that paid bloggers to create content on behalf of brands. 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.
Murphy has bootstrapped companies off credit cards, been VC backed and most recently brought IZEA public. His disruptive approach and leadership have enabled him to raise over $36 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 billionaires John Poppajohn and Dr. Phillip Frost.
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
Murphy has been awarded a Stevie for “Maverick of the Year.” He is a member of the IAB Native Advertising Task Force and a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council. He has been a TechCrunch Disrupt Finalist, PepsiCo 10 Finalist and has been named as one of the Top 20 Most-Influential Businessman in Central Florida by the Orlando Business Journal. Murphy is the Founder of Trucks & Tech, a Central Florida event that brings together food trucks and the tech community. He also sits on the Board of OrlandoIX – an 80,000 person interactive event coming to Orlando in 2015 — and has overseen the development of IZEA’s market leading Sponsorship Marketplace and IZEA Exchange.
Leadership. Innovation. Disruption.
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 such as Kim Kardashian, Diddy and Mario Lopez. Murphy is a prominent TV commentator on tech and social media marketing trends and platforms. His unique point of view from the intersection of media and technology, has led to frequent appearances on Fox Business’s Varney & Co, CNBC and Bloomberg TV.
“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)
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.