Everyone’s got a backstory. Ours continues to influence how we approach communications today.
Roots in Silicon Valley
Sparkpr was co-founded by Donna (Sokolsky) Burke and Chris Hempel in 1999 at the height of the Internet explosion in Silicon Valley. Fresh off their corporate careers at Netscape where they helped launch the first browser that gave millions access to the Internet, Donna and Chris were well equipped to create a new-economy communications agency.
PR Programs Tied to Business Objectives
Understanding the value of closely tying public relations programs to company-wide business objectives, Sparkpr began shaping innovative strategies that helped propel startups through the ever-changing ecosystems of technology and media. Among Sparkpr’s first success stories: Tellme (acquired by Microsoft), VA Linux (one of the most successful IPO’s in history) and The Barksdale Group (a venture capital fund started by former Netscape CEO, Jim Barksdale).
Sparkpr has built a reputation for having passion, creativity, an entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to open technologies. Just as important, Sparkpr is known for cultivating some of the best media relationships in the industry. That’s why we were selected as the top mid-sized technology PR firm by journalists and won the coveted TechCrunch “Crunchies” award for best technology PR firm in the United States.
Global Companies and StartUps
Today, Sparkpr represents global technology companies as well as startups. We are proud to have helped a long list of companies achieve their business objectives through a wide range of communications programs and services, including Bing Travel, Electronic Arts, The Economist, Flickr, Mozilla.org, Nielsen, Nokia, NVIDIA, Sony PSP, Skype and Yahoo!.
A Wired World
Much has changed over the years, and as an agency we continue to adapt and thrive in a wired world. Information empowered consumers have forever changed the face of communications and created a new global playing field. But one thing will remain the same. Our commitment to your business objectives will never waver.
That’s our story. And proudly, we’re sticking to it.