Ryan Pitylak

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Ryan Pitylak (born 1982) is an American entrepreneur and chief executive officer of Unique Influence, a digital marketing consulting firm based in Austin, Texas.[1][2][3] He is former internet spammer who, in civil settlements with the state of Texas and Microsoft, admitted to "sending 25 million e-mails every day at the height of his spamming operation in 2004" and paid out over $1 million.[4] He was listed as the fourth-worst spammer by Spamhaus Project at one time.[4]

Pitylak is a graduate of the University of Texas, where he received undergraduate degrees in economics and philosophy.[5] In June 2006, he launched Pitylak Security, an Internet security company that focused on anti-spam consulting.[6]

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  1. ^ Garza, Vicky. "Texas Venture Labs set to help 12 startups this school year". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Barr, Greg. "What's better for an entrepreneur: Gut instinct or experience? ABJ experts react". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Jennifer O'Reilly. "Listen Up Old School Advertisers: Social Media and Digital Advertising Are Here To Stay". Social Media Today. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Spam king settles with Texas, Microsoft". NBC News. June 4, 2006. Retrieved June 4, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Million-dollar penalty reforms spammer: Now ready to sell his anti-spam expertise". Chicago Tribune (Edmonton Journal). 4 June 2006. 
  6. ^ Gantert, Tom (12 July 2006). "I was a teenage spammer; Before even leaving high school, Ryan Pitylak was sending out millions of spam e-mails -- and making big bucks". Times-Picayune.