I've been involved in online marketing since 1999 after co-founding a gourmet food company based on a product my grandmother made while I was growing up. In the early days it became apparent to me that you can generate a ton of highly targeted, relevant traffic by simply paying for it on a cost-per-click basis through an innovative website called GoTo.com. Shortly thereafter, I became quite interested in discovering new ways to monetize website traffic. Inevitably, I found myself being asked by business owners if I could share with them what I had learned.
By accident, I ended up creating a full-service internet marketing agency named Pepperjam, which was recognized by Inc. Magazine for three consecutive years as one of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the United States. In 2009 Pepperjam was acquired by eBay Enterprise (NASDAQ - EBAY).
I left Pepperjam in 2010 and founded an early stage technology investment firm called KBJ Capital. In addition to serving as an advisor and board member to multiple start-ups, including French Girls App, APPEK Mobile Apps, pathmapp, LSEO.com, Highlighter.com, and LavCup, I am the founder and CEO of ReferLocal.com, which powers digital marketing for large traditional media companies and Chairman of Internet Marketing Ninjas, the top internet marketing company in the world.
Specialties: search-engine marketing, affiliate marketing, online media buying, affiliate networks, internet marketing, search engine optimization