As a country, we don’t do nearly enough for victims of revenge porn. In fact, copyright “victims” currently get more protection from the big tech platforms under current laws than revenge porn victims. This can and should change.

  • Revenge porn is alarmingly common, with nearly 10% of US women being threatened with revenge porn, with almost half of threats following through.
  • While more and more states are criminalizing revenge porn (obviously a good thing), those laws are meant to punish the person who posted it (which is almost impossible to prove), not the platform hosting it, which is still protected…

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It has not been a good year for robots. It hasn’t been a good year for the tech industry in general, for that matter, but robots aren’t helping. Tech companies across the board have come under fire for building robots that do everything from stealing your job to invading your privacy — all in the name of profit. While there are some very real issues related to this type of tech and AI, there are some reasons to be optimistic too.

I’ve noticed a positive trend over the last year. More startups are trying to use tech for good, building…


My company, BrandYourself, helps individuals clean up, protect and improve their online reputation and privacy. I’ve written about online reputation and its importance in the past (here, here and here), but this is one of the major principles we believe: a negative google result can happen to anyone and it shouldn’t keep you from ever moving on with your life. All it takes is a single negative Google result to ruin your career. Maybe you made a mistake when you were young. Maybe you broke up with the wrong person or fired the wrong employee and they’ve trashed you online…


This is an announcement I’ve been very excited about. In the second half of last year, we launched an important partnership initiative with the nonprofit organization Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO). The organization encapsulates BrandYourself’s mission and gives us the opportunity to do what we love most: help people in difficult situations.

What is GOSO and why we are passionate about partnering with them.

From a high level, GOSO is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to help young men (aged 16–24) avoid involvement in the criminal justice system. They focus both on reentry programs meant to reduce recidivism…


First, to provide some background. BrandYourself is an online reputation management company that helps individuals and businesses clean up, protect, and improve their online reputation and privacy. In an age of cyber-bullying, revenge porn, online hate sites and inadequate online privacy laws, we believe that everybody deserves the power to protect their reputation and privacy on the web.

You can read more about the company here, here and here, but essentially, if something negative gets posted about you online, we can help you counteract it by creating content that highlights the positive aspects of your personal story or brand. …


This post originally appeared on my personal blog.

The Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story has been dominating the news cycle for the last week. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Cambridge Analytica used the Facebook data of roughly 50M unwitting users to create hyper-targeted advertising strategies for the Trump campaign. While this isn’t particularly unusual — politicians/companies have been using Facebook data this way for over a decade — it is a great opportunity for us to evaluate the relationship between our data and the social media sites we use.

Important Note: This post isn’t meant to bash Facebook. In many…


*This was originally posted on my personal blog**

Today we are announcing the new and improved version of BrandYourself. It’s been over two years in the making and we could not be more excited and proud. It is the most comprehensive product on the market to help individuals clean up, protect, and improve how they look online, which is more important than ever before.

Online screening has skyrocketed over the last few years. We all leave a giant footprint on the web and organizations increasingly use that data to make important decisions about us. Our online presence now affects…


Summary: The recent demise of Nasty Gal showcases the difficulty of reaching profitability especially when the startup landscape incentivizes capital inefficiency. By making sustainability a company wide initiative our company was able to reverse a >$300K burn rate and hit profitability over the course of a year and half without layoffs or downsizing.

Last week, popular fashion brand Nasty Gal announced it would be selling to Boohoo.com for the small sum of $20M (at it’s peak the company was doing $80M+ in revenue). This comes after filing for bankruptcy late last year. For many this was shocking. How could a…


In September of 2015 I published an article on Entrepreneur.com on how to protect your brand’s online reputation. A year later, this advice is just as apt: In fact, it’s the crux of our services here at BrandYourself.com. Essentially, there are five key steps to protecting your company’s brand:

  1. Keep your company’s website up to date
  2. Create a company blog
  3. Manage online reviews
  4. Socialize relevant company news
  5. Don’t ignore your personal brand

Branding is important for individuals and businesses. We focus a lot on personal branding at BrandYourself, but the same principals apply to companies and organizations. Importantly, the personal…


For those of you who don’t know, revenge porn is a form of online harassment whereby people distribute nude photos or videos of their ex-partners without their consent. These are quickly spread throughout the web via anonymous networks, forums, and revenge porn websites. Over 50 percent of revenge porn victims reported that their photo was accompanied by identifying information, such as their full name. This means that when a victim’s name is Googled, say before a job interview, sales call, or even date, the search results can do irreparable harm to everything from their career to their love life. A…

Patrick Ambron

Patrick Ambron, Co-founder & CEO of BrandYourself.com. Check out my website: http://patrickambron.com/. Or check me out at patrickambron.brandyourself.com

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