Dave Kerpen is the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, the cofounder and Chairman of Likeable Media, the NY Times Bestselling author of 3 books, an international keynote speaker, and the #1 LinkedIn Influencer of all time in page views, ahead of Bill Gates, Jack Welch, Mark Cuban, and President Barack Obama.
Likeable Local, a social media software product for small businesses and Likeable Media is an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm with triple digit revenue growth for 4 consecutive years. Likeable Media was named to both the 2011 and 2012 Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies in the United States. In 2012 and 2013, Likeable Media was named one of Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York City.
Following a sponsored wedding which raised over $100,000 including $20K for charity, Dave and his wife Carrie started and transformed theKBuzz (founded in 2007) into Likeable Media, 1 of Facebook’s Top 65 Preferred Developer Consultants as well as the only 3-time WOMMY Award winner for excellence from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA) and one of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the US according to INC Magazine for both 2011 and 2012.
Dave blogs twice a week on LinkedIn as part of LinkedIn’s Thought Leader Program and is the 25th most followed person in the world, with more than 300,000 followers, which is growing at about 3000 followers a week. In 2013, Dave’s blogs received over 16 million total page views, including the most popular article of all time, 11 Simple Concepts to Become a Better Leader, with 2.5 million page views, ahead of Bill Gates, Tony Robbins, Barack Obama, Jack Welch, Ariana Huffington, and Richard Branson.
Dave has been featured on CNBC’s “On the Money”, BBC, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Early Show, the New York Times, and countless blogs. Dave has also keynoted at dozens of conferences across the globe and webinars for organizations such as WOMMA, TEDx, SXSW, and the American Marketing Association.
Dave reaches an additional 100K followers through social media and his subscriber list and is backed by a team of 75 social media thought leaders who collectively have managed over 250 accounts on Facebook and other social networks, for brands such as Verizon, 1-800 Flowers.com, Neutrogena, Logitech, The Pampered Chef, G.E, Medtronic, Restaurant.com, and Heineken.
Dave is also a Venture Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners an early-stage venture firm, which is leveraging Gen Y to support Gen Y. Dave’s 1st book was a NY Times bestseller – Likeable Social Media: How to Delight Your Customers, Create an Irresistible Brand, and Be Generally Amazing on Facebook and other social networks. His 2nd book, Likeable Business: Why Today’s Consumers Demand More and How Leaders Can Deliver, debuted November 2, 2012.
Dave is proud of his Likeable business accomplishments but prouder of Charlotte and Kate, his two daughters at home in New York.