CEO Michael Fertik Receives Entrepreneur of the CEO Michael Fertik Receives Entrepreneur of the Year
Award and Named Expert-in-Residence at Harvard University 
Online Reputation Management Leader Recognized for His Role in Next
Big Wave of Innovation for Silicon Valley 
REDWOOD CITY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/12 --, the
leader in online privacy and reputation management, today announced
that its CEO Michael Fertik was named Entrepreneur of the Year by
TechAmerica and Expert-in-Residence at Harvard Law School. Both
accolades underscore Fertik's pioneering leadership in the field of
online reputation management (ORM) and Internet privacy.  
The Entrepreneur of the Year award, presented by the country's
largest technology association, TechAmerica, honors high-tech leaders
who have made a significant contribution to the technology industry
through hard work and perseverance. Previous winners of the award
include Mark Pincus, the founder, CEO, and Chief Product Officer of
Zynga, and Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn. The award will be
presented on October 9, 2012 at a ceremony in Menlo Park, California. 
In announcing the Entrepreneur of the Year award, TechAmerica
President and CEO Shawn Osborne said: "Those who have received this
award in the past have continued to contribute with great innovations
and, clearly, this is just one breakthrough of many for Michael."  
As Expert-in-Residence (EIR) at Harvard's Innovation Lab, or "i-Lab,"
Fertik will serve as an advisor and mentor for students from the law
school and the broader Harvard community on entrepreneurship,
innovation and career options. In naming him EIR, Harvard acclaimed
Fertik as the world's leading cyber-thinker in digital privacy and
There is a growing recognition that privacy and online reputation
management are and should be a key component of the emerging cyber
economy. More and more, people and companies are demanding control
over what is said about them online, and how and whether personal
information is gathered. is the first mover and
industry leader in this new ORM sector. 
"Providing people and companies with the right tools to control their
online reputation is one of Silicon Valley's next great challenges,"
said Fertik. "We are proud to be at the forefront of this next wave
of innovation, and I am pleased to work with the next generation of
great thinkers and actors in this revolutionary technological era." 
About's mission is to empower
individuals and businesses to control their privacy and reputation
online. was founded in 2006 and is the pioneer of
online reputation management solutions. The company is recognized by
World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer for its global
technology leadership and innovation. The privately held company is
headquartered in Silicon Valley, has an office in Germany and serves
customers in 100+ countries. 
About Michael Fertik
 Chief Executive Officer, Founder 
Michael Fertik founded with the belief that businesses
and individuals have the right to control and protect their online
reputation and privacy. Credited with pioneering the field of online
reputation management (ORM), Fertik is lauded as the world's leading
cyberthinker in digital privacy and reputation. He was most recently
named Entrepreneur of the Year by TechAmerica, an annual award given
by the technology industry trade group to an individual they feel
embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that made the U.S. technology
sector a global leader. 
Fertik is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council
on the Future of the Internet and recipient of the World Economic
Forum Technology Pioneer 2011 Award. He was named an EIR at Harvard
University in 2012. Fertik is a member of the Aspen Institute CEO
Roundtable. Fertik's commentary on management, innovation,
reputation, and privacy, can be found in his columns in the Harvard
Business Review (HBR), The Huffington Post, Reuters and Newsweek. He
frequently appears on national and international television and
radio, including BBC, Good Morning America, Today Show, Dr. Phil, CBS
Early Show, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg, and MSNBC. He is the author of the
international bestselling book, "Wild West 2.0." Fertik founded his
first Internet company while at Harvard College. He received his J.D.
from Harvard Law School. 
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