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Neil Patel

Neil Patel is a popular digital marketer and serial entrepreneur.

His story of starting small and working his way up to found four multi-million dollar companies is very inspiring.

So, read on.


Neil Patel was born on 24 April 1985 into a middle-class family in London, England.

Later, he along with his family moved to the United States.

His father, Kiran Patel and mother, Pratima Patel always inspired him to study well in school.

Neil has a sister, Amee Shah and she is one of the co-founders of Crazy Egg.

Business minded-

Both in his high school and college, Neil’s focus was more on business rather than on studies.

In high school and college, he used to hire students to finish his homework.

In 2003, Neil joined California State University, Fullerton to study a BA in Marketing and graduated in 2007.

Entrepreneur since a young age-

At 15, Neil sold burned CDs and tinkered satellite TV cards to his friends and their parents.

And at 16, while studying in the high school, he couldn’t manage to get a high-paying job.

So, Neil decided to become an entrepreneur and wanted to earn six-figures.

At 16, he started a job board website, AdviceMonkey, to help people find jobs.

During that time, Neil was working as a janitor at an amusement park and this was his first job.

His job involved cleaning toilets and lifting trash and he was paid $5.75 per hour and he used to pay all this money to a marketing firm to grow AdviceMonkey.

Getting scammed-

Unfortunately, all his money went into drain as the marketing firm was incompetent and wasn’t able to bring any traffic to Neil’s website.

A few other marketing companies were also equally inefficient.

So, Neil decided to learn marketing himself.

Eventually, he learnt marketing and was able to drive traffic (visitors) to his website.

But even then, Neil couldn’t earn through the website, so he decided to do consultation for others and help them get traffic.

The power of marketing-

After learning marketing, Neil marketed for Elpac Power Supplies, a power supply manufacturer and thanks to his efforts, the company generated an additional $25 million in sales.

His first company-

In January 2002, Neil along with Hiten Shah, founded Advantage Consulting Services, Inc., a marketing agency in Cerritos, California.

Both of them hailed from non-technical backgrounds but this couldn’t stop them from starting a technology consulting firm.

Hiten Shah later married Neil Patel’s sister, Amee Shah.

Losing millions-

Neil founded Serph, a web hosting company in Rockwall, Texas.

He borrowed and invested $1 million into it but his other co-founders cheated him.

Neil was 21 at that time and had to work hard for one full year to repay $1 million.

Apart from this, he lost a few million U.S. Dollars a few times.

But thankfully, Neil recuperated all his losses thanks to his many successful ventures.

Other companies-

Later, Neil founded other companies, Kissmetrics, Crazy Egg, Quick Sprout, Hello Bar and Neil Patel Digital.

He through his firms has been helping many companies to generate more revenue.

Neil not only helped companies like Google, Microsoft, HP, Airbnb, Amazon, General Motors, Zappos, etc. but also many small and medium sized businesses to grow.

He also provides Ubersuggest, a popular keyword discovery tool.

Neil is also very successful in the real estate business and is also a good speaker and spoke at hundreds of events in several countries.

He spoke at the events of Facebook, Thomson Reuters, etc. and also podcasts in his Marketing School.

He also has a popular YouTube channel by his name.


Neil got featured in The Wall Street Journal as a top influencer on the web, in Forbes as one of the top ten marketers and in Entrepreneur Magazine for creating brilliant companies.

Barack Obama, a former President of the United States recognised him as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under the age of 30 and the United Nations recognised him as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 35.

Neil blogs mainly on his blog; Neil Patel and his blog posts are very popular and are read by millions

He also published blog posts on Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc. Magazine and Fast Company.

Neil’s marketing materials are being used by colleges all over the world.

Accomplished author-

On 8 September 2016, Neil published Hustle: The Power to Charge Your Life with Money, Meaning, and Momentum book and became a New York Times best-selling author.

Getting married-

Neil is married to Michelle and has a daughter, Emma and a son, William.

Some interesting facts about Neil Patel-

  • Psychology is one of his favourite subjects.
  • Neil’s favourite books are The Dip by Seth Godin and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson.
  • He used to play a lot of sports in his childhood.
  • Managing people is his weakness and so, Neil focuses on the other aspects of business like lead generation, marketing and evangelism.
  • He knows Gujarati, Spanish and Swahili languages.
  • Neil is a millionaire.

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Claudia Ingram

Monday 23rd of January 2023

I like the efforts you have put in this, regards for all the great content.

Naveen Reddy

Tuesday 24th of January 2023

Thanks Claudia.