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 - Sep 24, 2012) -, 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 reputation.

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.