Patrick Ambron is the CEO and co-founder of BrandYourself.com, which provides tools and services that help individuals clean up, protect and improve their online reputation and their online privacy. Popular features include social media clean up tools, the identification and deletion of old accounts, dark web scans and the automatic removal of personal information from data brokers. They also help individuals deal with complex issues like dealing with consensual pornography showing up on the web (“revenge porn”) or online defamation. In an age of cyberbullying, revenge porn, online hate sites, rampant digital identity theft/spam and inadequate online privacy laws, BrandYourself is building the tools consumers need to keep themselves safe, protect and represented on the web.
Patrick is recognized as a leading expert in Online Reputation Management, Online Privacy and Search Engine Optimization. In 2011, his company was named New York’s #1 Emerging Technology Business, making him the youngest person ever to win the $200K prize. He was recognized by the White House as one of Empact100’s top CEOs under 30, named Young Entrepreneur of the year by the SBA, and most recently, named to Inc Magazine’s top 35 under 35. He’s a contributor to Inc, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post and occasionally other places like the Washington Post where he writes about online privacy and reputation. He’s a regular instructor at General Assembly and guest lectures regularly at universities like Columbia, Syracuse, Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania.
Patrick has led BrandYourself to secure over $7 million in venture capital and grow to over 100 full time employees. The company was named in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2015 “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” as well as one of The Hottest Startups in NYC. When launching the company in 2012, BrandYourself was named the overall Startup winner at SXSW as well as PC magazine’s Top 5 Web Apps at SXSW.
The company has been featured on SharkTank, FastCompany, LifeHacker, Refinery 29, Cheddar, Quartz, Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, HuffingtonPost, Mashable, TechCrunch, New York Post, WSJ, the NYTimes, PandoDaily, US News & World, and many others.
The company also works with non profits, like Getting Out and Staying Out, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help young men (aged 16–24) avoid involvement in the criminal justice system. Patrick Ambron also serves as a mentor and advisor through the BlackStone Launch Pad powered by TechStars, and the Syracuse Student Sandbox.