Hi, and thanks for coming to my site! I’m Patrick Ambron, co-founder and CEO of BrandYourself.com. I mostly talk/write about online reputation management and online privacy, but I also try to weigh in where I can on what it takes to build a company. I certainly don’t consider myself a success–we’re still in the process of trying to make our first company successful–but as a first-time founder, learning from others has been integral in getting where we are today. I hope that by sharing some of my experiences I can pass the lessons we’ve learned onto others.
Here are a few important areas of my life:
BrandYourself.com: I’m the co-founder/CEO of BrandYourself.com, where our goal is to help people look better online. In an age of cyber-bullying, revenge porn, hate sites and inadequate online privacy laws, everyone needs the power to understand and protect their reputation on the web. In fact, we started BrandYourself because my cofounder Pete had his own issue: he was being mistaken for a criminal online and couldn’t get a quote from anyone in the industry for under $25K. We realized Online Reputation Management (ORM) is an important need and shouldn’t just be for the wealthy. Since then, we’ve grown to over 80 employees across two offices and hope to keep building tools to help people. You can learn more about that story here or read our comprehensive Online Reputation Management, Personal Branding, and Thought Leadership guides.
Speaking/Teaching: I teach courses and speak about Online Reputation, Online Privacy and my ongoing journey building BrandYourself. I’m a regular instructor at General Assembly (you can see and sign up for my classes here) and a mentor at the Cooper Union in NYC. I also give guest lectures at universities including Syracuse, Columbia, Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania. To learn more about my speaking/teaching you can read about it here. I’m always happy to talk about these topics whether it’s to a large audience at a conference–like the Dublin Web Summit or SXSW–or to a small class at a school.
Writing: I also occasionally write about these topics so I can dive deeper, particularly when it comes to the future of Online Reputation and Privacy. I’m a regular contributor to Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and Adweek (and occasionally other places like the Washington post). You can check out some of my favorite pieces here.
“Of all the young entrepreneurs I have ever encountered, none has shown a more natural talent for growing a successful company, and, quickly. Patrick identified and then solved an unforeseen problem arising from the existence of the Internet itself. Individual reputations, always a precious asset for anyone, could be ruined in the blink of an eye. He conceived of a user-friendly product, one that was affordable to the widest market, mustered investors, recruited a brilliant team, and persevered, continuing to build a great company.”Carl J Schramm
“You looked like maybe 150 pounds of pure potential standing in the middle of that set, that’s always a turn on for every shark and you looked like you scrubbed yourself clean that morning.”Barbara Corcoran
“Patrick has a rare ability to connect with people and make a technical and business topic real, accessible and understandable.”Sean Branagan
“[He] built a good business. To turn down $2 million at that age…takes guts.”Robert Herjavec