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


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


SEOmoz changes name to Moz, unveils new analytics software

For nearly a decade, Rand Fishkin’s Seattle startup has been directly associated with search engine optimization, so much so that SEO was embedded right in the company’s name: SEOmoz. But things are evolving and changing in the SEO business, and at SEOmoz. Today, the company is dropping SEO from its name, adopting the new moniker… Read More


Tech Moves: Joanna Lord named CMO at BigDoor; Brian Arbogast joins the Gates Foundation; and more

—Online marketing whiz Joanna Lord has left her VP job at SEOmoz to become chief marketing officer at BigDoor, the Seattle gamification startup. In her new role Lord will oversee branding, content, community and other functions for the Seattle-based company. Keith Smith-led BigDoor raised $5 million last year, bringing total funding to $13 million. “The first… Read More


Tech Moves: Changes at SEOmoz; Polaris picks CEO-in-residence; Microvision names CFO; etc.

Jamie Steven has stepped down as chief marketing officer at SEOmoz, taking on the same role at Speedtest.net operator Ookla. “I’ve been flabbergasted by the amount of data these guys have and I’m thrilled to begin sharing it,” said Steven, noting that Ookla’s Speedtest is running about five million tests per day. “Put simply, broadband and… 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


GeekWire Awards: Vote for Perk of the Year

It’s been a long week, so we’re ready to have a little fun. And today’s category in the GeekWire Awards voting should prove to be one of the more entertaining in the lineup. It’s a new category for us designed to showcase the amazing lengths that some companies will go to in order to keep… Read More


GeekWire Awards: Vote for the ‘Next Tech Titan’

Today’s featured category in the GeekWire Awards voting is a big one, literally. The Next Tech Titan — brought to you by Wave Business Solutions — will reward the company that’s moving from the tough trenches of startup land to the big leagues. The Pacific Northwest is loaded with those up-and-comer companies, and our judges… 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


Foundry Group adds $225M to its venture capital pool

Foundry Group, the Colorado venture capital firm that’s backed Seattle area upstarts such as Big Door, SEOMoz and Cheezburger as well as Portland-based Cloudability, announced today the closing of their third fund — Foundry Venture Capital 2012 LP. The fund clocks in at $225 million, the same amount that it raised in its previous fund. Foundry Group invests in software and… Read More


SEOMoz buys Twitter analytics upstart Followerwonk

Ever want to know how your Twitter standing stacks up against friends, business rivals or celebrities? That’s the idea behind Followerwonk, a Twitter analytics upstart that was acquired today by fast-growing SEOMoz for a purchase price in the range of $1 million to $4 million. Followerwonk allows users to visually track, sort and analyze followers,… Read More

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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


Why startups fail: Lack of focus

At the Lean Startup Seattle meetup last week, Madrona Venture Group’s Greg Gottesman explained the importance of entrepreneurial focus. After all, at least as the Seattle venture capitalist sees it, the best startup ideas are those “where you figure out what you can be the the best in the world at.” That’s a tall order… Read More