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Orlando, Fla. (August 26, 2013) – Ted Murphy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IZEA, has been named one of 2013’s “Twenty Most-Influential Businessmen in Central Florida” by the Orlando Business Journal. IZEA was founded in Orlando in 2006 and retains its corporate headquarters in the fast-growing “Up-Town” neighborhood of the city.

Criteria for Ted’s nomination included the exertion of influence by the nominee that extended beyond his corporate sphere of influence, as well as having made a significant impact on the community and in business during the last year.

“Ted has been an influential force in the Orlando business community since he moved here in 1999,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “He has employed hundreds of people, pioneered new technology and fostered the entrepreneurial spirit in everyone he touches.”

Murphy has worked extensively with the Mayor’s office to create new opportunities to bolster the city’s thriving creative class. One of these efforts culminated in the launch of “Trucks & Tech,” a recurring evening event that combines the best of Central Florida’s food truck scene with talks from thought-leaders in the technology, creative, and marketing industry. “Ted is supporting and nurturing our growing technology sector, particularly among Internet entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Dyer.

“I had the honor of working with Ted in the exploratory days of web development,” said Mat Gaver,  an early employee of Murphy’s, who is now the Founder of Echo, a digital agency focused on mobile development with offices in Orlando and New York. “He showed me that it takes guts and an extraordinary level of commitment to your customers and employees to be a successful entrepreneur. Ted’s approach to business and inspirational leadership qualities are the foundation and benchmarks I’ve continued to set my own company goals against.”

“Central Florida is an incredible place to work, live and play. I am proud to take an active role in its evolution as a region not only known to be a top vacation destination, but also as a vibrant technology and cultural hub. There is an incredible amount of diverse and passionate talent here. The region’s brightest days are ahead!” said Murphy.

About IZEA

IZEA, Inc. is the pioneer of sponsored influence, operating proprietary marketing platforms Sponsored Tweets, SocialSpark, and Staree. IZEA connects brands with social media influencers, helping them monetize their online and offline presence. The company has completed more than three million social media sponsorships for customers ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 50 organizations. For more information about IZEA, visit

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