In 1989 I co-founded my first internet company. It was too early. It failed.
I was born in 1969, the day Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the Moon.
I first solved a Rubik's Cube in 1977. First computer used, ZX81 in 1982. First computer owned, Commodore Vic 20 1982.
In 1989 I co-founded a company called Nimrod Vehicle Location. We would use the power of networked computers to allow people to find the car they were looking for. Everybody laughed at us or gave us a blank look when we pitched to them. I guess we were too early with this idea.
I became involved in internet awards in 1997 and in 2000, I founded Favourite Website Awards, now known purely as FWA. FWA has since grown to be one of the most respected digital awards on the web and has served well over 200 million visitors.
I have three best-selling books under my belt, Guidelines for Online Success; The Internet Case Study Book, and The App & Mobile Case Study Book.
In 2009, I turned down the chance to go on BBC's Dragon's Den.
I lost my entire 30s building up FWA, not having a single day off or a holiday for 10 straight years. I got married at 40 and at 45 years of age, I finally became a dad (and now everything makes sense!)
Rob Ford's Talent Pool
Success is all about individuals. Finding those individuals is the key to success.
For years, digital agencies have encouraged me to be a head hunter, a talent scout. I have always refused due to my position as Founder and Principal of FWA, as I must maintain a neutral role.
However, 'Rob Ford's Talent Pool' is an impartial and important way for me to help high calibre individuals (all previous FWA winners) get connected with some of the world's top agencies.
If you are an agency (or brand) and would like more information on my private 'Rob Ford's Talent Pool', please get in touch:
Agency Sign up for 'Rob Ford's Talent Pool'
If you are an individual who is a previous FWA winner, either as an individual or as part of a team, please get in touch and register for free:
Individuals, freelancers etc, register for 'Rob Ford's Talent Pool'
Consulting / QA Services
My name is Rob Ford and I am a perfectionist.
With over 18 years of experience awarding the best in web content, I have a unique perspective on all things digital.
I have worked with many of the world's leading technology companies for many years, including Adobe, Google and Microsoft.
I am also a network specialist, with contacts at most of the world's leading digital agencies.
With my many years of scrutinising digital work, I can offer a unique and trained eye when it comes to quality assurance (QA). That might be work for a client through the process of wireframes, alpha, beta and even after launch.
I am also a pioneer in digital awards, with many of my processes being "emulated" by other awards. I can help big brands make sure their digital competitions work and that they find the best and most deserved winners.
I work alone.
Contact & Connect With Me
I hate conference calls. Please don't hesitate to email me though!
If you'd like to get in touch with me about anything, please email me.
If you are a previous FWA winner and are freelancing or looking for work and want to join 'Rob Ford's Talent Pool', please drop me an email.
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