Founder and CEO, SocialRadius; Founder, Marketwire
Michael Terpin began SocialRadius in 2006, the latest chapter in a 25-year career in public relations, Internet marketing and digital innovation. A serial entrepreneur, he has been frequently written about as a pioneer in online PR and marketing, newswire distribution and social media/Web 2.0 marketing. He has also been CEO of Terpin Communications, Inc., a full-service public relations firm specializing in emerging technologies, digital entertainment and consumer products since 1990.
Michael has been a frequent speaker at leading technology and marketing conferences, including Ad:Tech, CES, E3, European Technology Roundtable (ETRE), Frost & Sullivan Sales & Marketing Conference, NAB, Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Red Herring, Southern California Software Council and VNU Digital Media. He has been profiled in PRWeek and O’Dwyer’s PR Report, and has been a guest columnist for O’Dwyer’s PR Daily. Terpin is the only PR executive to be twice named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of the most influential technology leaders. He was a finalist in the 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive international newswires. Originally known as Internet Wire, Marketwire was acquired in April 2006 by Toronto-based media company, CCN Matthews, and is now owned by OMERS Capital Partners, the private equity arm of a $41 billion pension fund.
Marketwire employs more than 200 people and has annual revenues of more than $100 million, with offices on four continents. Terpin was also a co-founder of Direct IPO, one of the first generation (1996) of crowd-funding networks.
Terpin holds an MFA in Creative Writing from SUNY at Buffalo and a dual bachelor degree in Newspaper Journalism and English Literature from Syracuse University. He serves as an advisor to SU’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, where he was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Fame in October 2000. Terpin is also a private investor and/or board member for several privately held technology start-up companies and trade associations. He has established several industry-related blogs, including Social Media World and CES Party List and is a frequent columnist for various industry blogs, including CommPro and SoCalTech.
Terpin’s upcoming book, Digital 3.0: Beyond Social Media: How the New Platform Paradigm Can Move Markets (NetMinds Select) will be released in Fall, 2012.