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Please join SEMpdx on Tuesday, April 12, at 11:00am on Zoom (download here) as we welcome Ian Lurie, Digital Marketing Consultant at, who will be presenting “Life Among The Monsters: Lessons Learned Starting, Building, and Selling a Marketing Agency”. 


Do you run an agency? Want to run one? Feel like you’re hitting the wall? Hear real-life experiences – some funny, some not – as an agency head, from someone who started, built, and sold one.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Don’t fart in public
  • Don’t be “nice” – you’re just screwing your team
  • There is no exit plan
  • Why I eat chocolate every day (OK, maybe not, but happy to answer questions)
  • Skills level: Intermediate

Speaker Bio

Ian Lurie is a digital marketing consultant in Seattle, WA. He has a twenty-five-year intolerance of trendy concepts and nonsense.


Previously, Ian was CEO at Portent, a digital marketing agency he founded in 1995. He sold it to Clearlink in 2017. He’s now on his own, consulting for brands he loves and speaking at conferences that provide Diet Coke. He’s also trying to become a professional Dungeons & Dragons player, but it hasn’t panned out.


He’s written three books about marketing, and has sold over 20 copies.


You can find him pedaling his bike up Seattle’s ridiculous hills. Send him a note on Twitter (@ianlurie), or reach out on LinkedIn.


Tuesday, April 12th, 11:00am – 12:00pm


Zoom Webcast (Link in confirmation email)

Cost is FREE to All, RSVP Now!

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