Mike is the founder and chairman of Grassroots.org (501c3), a global network providing free services to non-profits and promoting social action. He also founded and manages Make Change! Trust, a charitable fund that supports select 501c3 organizations.
Mike is founder of successful, active, for-profit corporations also including Phone.com, SEO.com, Skateboards.com, DomainMarket.com, Yield Software, BrowserMedia, Graphics.net, and others. In many cases his companies exchange resources, talent and technologies in their never-ending quest to deliver innovative, profitable digital products and services.
In 1994 he founded Internet Interstate, which he sold to Verio Inc. in 1997.
In 1998, he founded BuyDomains.com (now NameMedia), the world’s largest secondary market for domain names, and sold majority interest to Highland Capital and Summit Partners in 2005, along with the “Seeq.com” search engine portal.
Between 1998 and 2001, Mike served as the founding Chairman of the non-profit ByteBack.org, which is an innovator in operating free computer and job training centers serving inner-city communities.
Mike is the author of Make Millions and Make Change! a book focused on making money in small business so we can better serve society.
For 15 years, Ash Buckles has worked at the forefront of branding through search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, blog marketing, social media, and ColdFusion development. As a recognized industry thought leader, he regularly speaks at search marketing events put on by organizations such as the American Marketing Association, SLCSEM.org, and Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum. Ash also holds a weekly #seochat on Twitter to interview experts in the online marketing space. His experience includes online marketing consulting with hundreds of enterprise clients as well as small businesses.
Under the direction of Ash, SEO.com has been ranked #1 search marketing agency in three consecutive reports by Website Magazine, most recently in February 2012. The Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum also selected SEO.com as one of the Top 25 Fastest Growing companies in Utah. Ash graduated from BYU-Idaho in Information Systems and Business Management.