The search engine marketing and domain industries lost one of its greatest minds over the weekend. Ren Warmuz, founder and CEO of Trellian, who was battling cancer for about a year, passed away on October 27 at age 45.
Trellian is a software company from Australia that launched in 1997. Along with his brother, David Warmuz, the company launched some great software and tools for both the search marketing and domain industries.
Their search engine submission software Submit Wolf has been used to submit millions of sites to search engines. In the mid 2000s they launched "Keyword Discovery," which is one of the top keyword research tools to date.
In 2008, they purchased AddMe.com, one of the pioneering search engine submission sites. During the late 2000s they went into the domain business with Above.com, offering services in domain registration, domain catching, parking, and auctions. Ren, who was a computer scientist, was the brains behind all of their products, while David runs the business side of things and is better known in the industry, attending many trade shows.
On Ren's passing, here is what David had to say on Above.com blog:
With tears in his eyes, after a fierce year long battle with colon cancer, Ren Warmuz, Trellian Founder and CEO, passed away just after 2pm 27th October 2013, age 45, surrounded by family and still fighting to the end.
The sheer pain endured throughout would have crippled most, but not Ren. Documenting his epic battle every step of the way on his blog http://www.mcrc4.com/ he leaves behind a legacy of research, alternative treatment options, genetic tests to insist on, diets and supplements beneficial for treating cancer not known to most.
I always considered Ren an absolute genius, and was fortunate to have him part of my life, not only just growing up together but working together since 1997. We made a great team, creating and releasing many ground breaking software and web applications.
It saddens me the most that Ren leaves behind his wife and two beautiful children, age 9 and 6.
Ren's work is far from over and a Ren Warmuz Cancer Research Foundation will be established to help others beat their "little mutants", as Ren called his cancer.
My best friend, my brother, you will be missed!
Your forever grateful brother.
I met Ren only a few times, but he has had a great impact in my life. Submit Wolf was elemental when I launched my own company in 1998. I have great gratitude for him and David. My heart goes out to Ren's family. RIP Ren Warmuz.
Image Credit: Above.com
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