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Michael Gargiulo


Founder, CEO, & Lead Domain Broker





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The vision was, and still is, to allow any person to find the best VPN for their needs and budget in just a few clicks.

Michael’s Story

Michael Gargiulo is an entrepreneur who loves envisioning how things should be, then acting upon his vision. As the founder, CEO, and leader of the VPN.com team, Michael is the guiding force behind his company’s mission to help one billion people achieve a secure, private Internet experience by 2025.

Since purchasing the VPN.com domain for nearly $1 million in 2017, Michael and his hand-picked team of industry experts have made researching, comparing, and buying Internet security tools easier than ever before. In just over two years, the VPN.com brand has become a leading authority in the VPN sector, with recognition from Forbes, The Atlantan, Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary, Quora, and the Atlanta Small Business Network.

The path to purchasing VPN.com began when Michael was in college at the University of Georgia, where he built three different websites to four million monthly visitors. The largest of the three now does 700 million visitors per year. After graduating Cum Laude with a degree in Finance, Michael spent three years leading a talented team at ProxyServer.com. While the venture was ultimately a success, Michael knew that the most effective way to build a global brand is on the best real estate. After four years of hunting for the best domain, VPN.com became the premium real estate Michael was looking for.

Today VPN.com provides extensive reviews, comparisons, and statistics on over 1,000 VPN providers. To get to this point, Michael and his team spent more than three years creating the most comprehensive VPN comparison tool on the Internet by compiling research made up of over 188,000 data points. The vision was, and still is, to allow any person to find the best VPN for their needs and budget in just a few clicks.

In addition to VPNs, Michael helps brands and businesses secure high value, premium domain names. Having personally completed the VPN.com acquisition, Michael understands the complexities and value of owning an industry-defining domain name. One of Michael’s favorite transactions was CoolMathGames.com, which he contracted for $1.8 million.

When Michael isn’t working, he volunteers as an alumni with the FBLA, writes on his interests for his Forbes column, and plays hockey with his family. Since 2010 Michael has coached over 100 FBLA students, 30 of which have gone on to win national awards. Michael has had the opportunity to work directly with FBLA Executive Director Monty Rhodes at over 20 conferences, meeting thousands of students and advisors as a result.

“30 UNDER 30 – CONSUMER TECH 2021”

Forbes

“ATLANTA’S TOP TECH ENTREPENEUR OF 2020”

The Atlantan

“MOST VIEWED WRITER FOR VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS IN 2017”

Quora

“GEORGIA BUSINESSPERSON OF THE YEAR 2017”

FBLA

Speaking, Events, & Podcasts

At events, in interviews, and as a guest on TV, radio, and podcasts Michael Gargiulo primarily speaks about the knowledge he has gained acquiring promising websites and building them to millions of monthly users. Michael often recalls back to his first website in 2007 — that had 10 daily visitors — and details the lessons he learned growing it to 4 million monthly users.

Michael has spoken at events around the US and in several countries globally. As an entrepreneur, Michael can only speak on his expertise and experience, but his material is easily customized to meet the needs of audiences from all industries, cultures, and backgrounds.

As a dedicated mentor and tech enthusiast, Michael thoroughly enjoys speaking on his areas of expertise — he is often willing to do podcasts, radio shows, and virtual interviews free of charge.

Topics

Entrepreneurship, Premium Domains, Website Growth, Tech, Internet Security, and more. 

Don’t see your industry listed above? Contact Michael below to see how his expertise lends to your topics of interest.

In-Person Fee Ranges

US East: $15,000 – $20,000*

US West: $20,000 – $30,000*

Europe: $30,000 – $40,000*

Asia: $30,000 – $40,000*

Middle East: $30,000 – $40,000*

Africa: $30,000 – $40,000*

* Guideline price ranges only. Speaker fees vary by engagement type and are subject to change without notice.

Traveling From

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Atlanta Small Business Network
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