SOURCE: IZEA, Inc.

IZEA, Inc.

April 06, 2015 14:50 ET

IZEA CEO and Chairman Ted Murphy to Present at One Spark Speaker Summit

ORLANDO, FL--(Marketwired - Apr 6, 2015) - IZEA Inc.'s (OTCQB: IZEA) Ted Murphy, CEO and Chairman, will soon be knocking on Jacksonville's door as he speaks at the 2015 One Spark Speaker Summit on April 7, 2015, at The Florida Theatre in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.

The One Spark Speaker Summit, presented by Community First Credit Union, is an inspirational one-day conference held the day before One Spark, the world's largest crowdfunding festival. The Summit will bring together some of the most accomplished founders, creatives, makers and doers from around the country to share their stories.

Murphy's Session, Running the Red Line, will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 10:45 a.m. ET. In this session, Murphy will share the ups and downs of his 20-plus year entrepreneurial journey. From his days of funding companies off credit cards, to raising money from the world's leading venture capitalists and, most recently, taking his company public, Murphy will share all the successes and failures he has experienced along the way. 

"People rarely talk about the ugly side of being an entrepreneur," said Murphy. "It isn't all bubble gum and rainbows. My goal is to help One Spark's entrepreneurs understand that there are going to be tremendous challenges, and that is completely normal. If being an entrepreneur was easy or safe, then everyone would do it."

At this year's Summit, Murphy will be in good company as featured speakers include Jeff Hoffman (founder of Priceline.com), and Tamara Mendehlson (VP, Marketing for Eventbrite). Additionally, two powerhouse speakers will headline the Summit: Jack Welch, Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute and Former CEO of General Electric, and Suzy Welch, New York Times Bestselling Author and former editor of the Harvard Business Review.

The One Spark Speaker Summit takes place just prior to the opening ceremony for The World's Largest Crowdfunding Festival, One Spark. The festival is free for the public to attend and showcases nearly 600 projects ranging from art to tech and from science to music. The projects will showcase in a 20-square block in downtown Jacksonville from April 7-12, attracting more than 260,000 attendees. For complete details, visit www.onespark.com/festival.

About IZEA
IZEA operates the premier online marketplace that connects brands with influential content creators. IZEA creators range from leading bloggers and social media personalities to A-List celebrities and professional journalists. Creators are compensated for developing and distributing unique content on behalf of brands including long form text, videos, photos and status updates. Brands receive influential consumer content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. For more information about IZEA, visit http://corp.izea.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based largely on IZEA's expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond IZEA's control. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements as a result of, among other factors, competitive conditions in the social sponsorship segment in which IZEA operates, failure to popularize one or more of the marketplace platforms of IZEA, inability to obtain additional capital, Integration of IZEA's recent acquisition of Ebyline, Inc. and changing economic conditions that are less favorable than expected. In light of these risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking information contained in this respect will in fact occur. Please read the full statement and disclosures here: http://corp.izea.com/safe-harbor-statement.

About One Spark
One Spark, The World's Largest Crowdfunding Festival, is committed to fostering environments of creativity and innovation by connecting artists, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the human and capital resources they need to launch ideas. The One Spark festival is an interactive experience that allows attendees to support ideas and projects that inspire them via voting and direct contributions and decide on the next big thing. One Spark Jacksonville 2015 takes place April 7 - 12, 2015 in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.