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 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: Im 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.  

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/reaching 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, and Huffington Post ( and occasionally other places like the Washington post). You can check out some of my favorite pieces here.

Recent Posts:

Facebook won’t really change after Cambridge Analytica. Here’s what to do as a consumer.

The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story has been dominating the news cycle for the last week. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Cambridge Analytica used the Facebook data of roughly 50M unwitting users to create hyper-targeted advertising strategies for the Trump...

Don’t let an algorithm determine if you’re worth hiring or not.

Today we are announcing the new and improved version of BrandYourself. It’s been over two years in the making and we could not be more excited and proud. It is the most comprehensive product on the market to help individuals clean up, protect, and improve how they...

How We Reversed a $300K Burn and Hit Profitability Without Laying off a Single Employee

This is a post I wrote on my medium a few months ago that had a bigger response than I expected. Running a business in today's economic climate can be challenging and I think this hit a nerve. Summary: The recent demise of Nasty Gal showcases the difficulty of...

5 Ways to Protect Your Brand’s Online Reputation

We live in a search-happy world. Take it as a given: Before customers consider doing business with your company, they’re going to Google it first.

Why The Online Reputation Management Industry is Changing – And Where it Needs To Go

As a co-founder and CEO in the online reputation management space, I thought I’d share my perspective on the marketplace, the industry, why traditional companies are struggling right now, and four important ways the industry is going to evolve. In doing so, I’d like to explain how BrandYourself plans to be part of the industry’s disruption, making the process easy and accessible to everyone.