Rand Fishkin at his standing desk at the company's offices in Seattle.

The Working Geek: Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin on working late hours and how he organizes his busy life

Moz co-founder Rand Fishkin stepped down from the CEO post last December, handing the reins of the 11-year-old company to longtime confidant Sarah Bird. But Fishkin, known for instituting a culture of transparency at Moz, is still very much involved in the Seattle company, helping to guide the maker of marketing software tools for its… Read More

Rand Fishkin, right, handed the Moz CEO reigns to Sarah Bird last month.

Moz disappointed with $5.7M loss in 2013: ‘We knew we were going to burn’

Moz already let people know that 2013 wasn’t its most successful year, and now there are numbers to prove it. The Seattle-based provider of search-engine and social-media optimization software just publicly posted a detailed recap of its internal business numbers from last year. Moz, which prides itself on corporate transparency, brought in a record $29.3 million in… Read More


CEO Swap: How trading jobs for one week helped these founders become better leaders, and people

Life returns to normal for Wil Reynolds and Rand Fishkin today. Last week, though, was far from regular. The two buddies and startup founders conducted a unique and ambitious experiment, with Reynolds taking over Fishkin’s job at Seattle-based Moz for one week, and Fishkin doing the same for Reynolds at SEER Interactive in Philadelphia. It was just… Read More


Trading places: These tech startup execs are swapping jobs, homes, lives for one week

What happens if you switch places with a fellow CEO, manage their employees and live in their house for one week? We’re about to find out. Seattle-based Moz CEO Rand Fishkin and Wil Reynolds — founder and CEO of Philadelphia-based SEER Interactive — will be doing a tech startup version of the ABC show Wife Swap for five days starting… Read More


What drives you as an entrepreneur — ambition or obligation?

Bring together a bunch of highly-successful entrepreneurs in one room and you’ll notice a few common qualities. These people work their tails off, have an immense passion for what they do and exhibit excellent leadership skills. But beyond that, is there a certain toolset every entrepreneur must have to succeed in this ultra-competitive startup world?… Read More

Rand Fishkin. (Erynn Rose photo)

Rand Fishkin’s 6 ingredients for great marketing

Rand Fishkin wrapped up Mozcon 2013 in style by outlining his principles for great marketing and leading a discussion on the problems with Internet marketing today. Here are the six ingredients that he laid out in his talk. Fishkin said that the common and cheap tactics which most Internet marketers employ are holding the field of… Read More


GeekWire Awards: Vote for Startup CEO of the Year

We’re back for another round of voting in the GeekWire Awards, and today’s category is a big one: Startup CEO of the Year, presented by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. We kicked off voting for the GeekWire Awards last week, and we’ll continue tabulating the votes in each of the 14 categories in the coming days…. Read More


Newsmakers 2012: Rand Fishkin points the way at SEOmoz

Rand Fishkin has put SEOmoz on a possible path to become one of the Seattle region’s next public companies. Succeed or fail, his other contribution to the community will be his brutal transparency as he shares his lessons learned. The $18 million raised by SEOmoz in May wasn’t the largest venture capital financing for a Seattle… Read More

Rand Fishkin in his Northwest "hipster" getup at the GROW conference in Vancouver, B.C.

Rand Fishkin’s top 11 startup tips to earn free customers

Editor’s note: Team GeekWire is attending the GROW conference in Vancouver, B.C. this week, covering some of the talks.   Perhaps no entrepreneur can entertain and inform a crowd like Rand Fishkin. And the SEOMoz founder, fresh off the company’s $18 million venture capital round from May, was at it again during his talk today… Read More

Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz on search, startups, sticking it out

Rand Fishkin is changing the way that Internet marketers do their jobs. He and his team at SEOmoz are part of a small sector of the tech space, where adaptation and growth are the name of the game. Though it hasn’t always been easy, this humble CEO has prioritized a startup culture that focuses on being here now, and… Read More


Top secret project under wraps at SEOMoz: Is the Moz coming?

SEOMoz is one of the most transparent startups we’ve ever come across, with CEO Rand Fishkin openly discussing everything from revenues to challenges as an entrepreneur to problems raising venture capital financing. That’s why we were so intrigued to stumble upon this Web site, which features the company’s robot mascot and the words “top secret”… Read More


Inbound.org: A Hacker News for marketing content

Online marketing is an ever-changing, fast-moving industry with no shortage of information available for those looking to master things such as SEO, Twitter and Google+. But there’s so much information flowing these days that it can be tough to sort the wheat from the chaff. SEOMoz CEO Rand Fishkin and HubSpot founder Dharmesh Shah are… Read More


Kate Matsudaira jumps from SEOMoz to Decide.com

Kate Matsudaira has left her vice president of engineering post at SEOMoz to join the growing team at Decide.com, GeekWire has learned. Matsudaira, who spent the past two years at SEOMoz, will serve as vice president of engineering at the Seattle upstart. The University of Washington computer science grad says she’s looking forward to her new… Read More


Post-it Wars Part Two: Space Invaders attack Pine Street

It started simply enough. Drew Bennett, an engineer at SEOMoz, used some of his artistic talents last week to recreate a Space Invader on the company’s windows constructed entirely of multi-colored Post-it Notes. The alien creature got the creative juices flowing on Pine Street. And it wasn’t long before other nearby tech companies — within… Read More