Last Friday, my wife and I went to an amazing party at Pampas Palo Alto hosted by Inflection (formerly People Search Media). In my opinion, Inflection is the hottest startup in the Bay Area. I’m proud to say that I used to be Director of SEM at Inflection and am excited today to share my high level thoughts about the future of this fast-growing business.
I Used To Work At Inflection
As mentioned in my post I own shares in Inflection, I used to work at Inflection and own shares in this awesome company. I’m a very proud shareholder, indeed. Inflection is one of the best companies I worked for and I had a true blast managing their entire search marketing team, the backbone of the business.
You can read all about Inflection on their corporate website and particularly their about us page. Inflection is a true force in the Bay Area right now. They operate some of the largest sites on the Internet such as Archives and People Smart. They are very profitable, and have an amazing team. Perhaps most excitingly, they just raised $30 million in funding and are moving to a new office because of their rapid growth. The best part of it all: Inflection did not need to raise funding, they were self funded and profitable from their early days due to good old fashioned sweat equity.
As portrayed throughout this post, Inflection threw an awesome party for both current employees and also graduates (like me) last Friday to celebrate their new office. They are truly growing fast!
Inflection Is An Amazing Employer and Investment
Anyone who says employee stock options are worthless is a fool! I feel strongly about this. When I was a senior at Stanford someone told me that I shouldn’t worry about stock options because they had friends who worked hard and their options didn’t pan out. Well, I proved them wrong and went onto several companies that each had major liquidity events. My options did extremely well! This is how I made it big in online marketing.
My advice: Ignore the naysayers. If you pick your employers wisely (which you can when you’re in PPC because of the huge demand for our profession), you can accumulate stock option positions that will become a great source of your income. In my opinion, Inflection is the perfect company to consider if you’re looking to accumulate some really special stock options. If you’re interested in a job at Inflection, you’ll definitely want to check out their careers page and benefits page. Also, please feel free to contact me and I can pass your resume along directly.
Pay Per Click Jobs Are Fun
I couldn’t be more excited about the pay per click career path. Over the years, I’ve attended a plethora of Inflection parties, just like the one featured in this post. I even joined Inflection in Las Vegas (paid for by the company) to celebrate a milestone.
My current job also provides truly amazing opportunities, I couldn’t be happier! We had a team offsite in Las Vegas, I get the opportunity to travel quite a bit, and I attend tons of conferences such as SMX West and SMX Advanced. Check out my post A day in the life of PPC Ian and you’ll see just how amazing the search marketing career path can be. My closing thoughts: This is the best career path around, and think strategically about your employer as an investment. Pick a winner like Inflection and you’ll make a very wise investment in your future and your happiness!
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Dino Vedo says
Nice party! Yeah online advertising is booming apparently now than ever… Just read on Yahoo news the top fastest growing careers and online marketer was number 1. Number 2 was mobile app designer. Pretty cool stuff!
Thanks so much, Dino! 🙂 That is really cool to hear!
Ian, as a fellow shareholder and former employee, I’m delighted with the outcome to date as well. As the COO and second employee at Inflection, I can tell you it was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work, but the environment was excellent, we were all committed to achieving our best and it paid off in a great success. Thanks to you for your SEM magic, as well. It was a pleasure working with you. Nice write-up! – That handsome fellow on your right in the second picture. 🙂
Thanks so much for the awesome comment! 🙂 It was truly great working with you at Inflection, definitely one of my favorite memories. You are an amazing leader and mentor to everyone. Everything you say about Inflection is very consistent with my thoughts as well, an all around amazing place. Great seeing you at the event the other night and thanks again!
All the best,
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Any advice would be welcome.
Thanks so much, this is a great question. The answer is rather involved so I have decided to dedicate an entire post to it. Keep your eyes open, my next post will answer your question! Thanks so much!