Content driven

Gone are the days of simply drafting a run-of-the-mill press release or media pitch about your product or brand. These days, it’s imperative to take a creative approach to storytelling, develop a strong point-of-view, and whet the palate of mainstream media and bloggers with killer content.

Executive Team

Think we’ll pass off key elements of your strategy to an intern? Think again. We act like your partner, which means we go to bat for you personally, leveraging our relationships with media, experts, and influencers to make you look good. Sorry, but a twenty year old can’t do that.

We know tech

In today’s tech-rich environment, those communicating your message must understand technology. Period. Whether you have a tech-focused product, or a consumer brand, we have an in-depth knowledge of convergence factors: and this is imperative to getting the word out about you.

Kristen Tischhauser

Co-founder & CEO

Kristen brings over a decade of public relations and marketing experience to talkTECH. Her multi-faceted approach in delivering strategic, results-oriented PR campaigns and launches, expertise in media relations, and grassroots branding tactics has a proven track record. Under Kristen’s direction, the agency has developed into one of the fastest-growing U.S. PR firms for early-stage and established tech startups. She has managed communications for over $300M in collective venture capital funding announcements and facilitated media coverage for over 175 startups since the company’s inception 6 years ago. She has garnered over 250 top tier media placements in 2015 alone, in outlets including: Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, The Next Web, Fast Company, Mashable, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, VentureBeat, TIME, Bloomberg, and Los Angeles Times. Prior to talkTECH, Kristen was the Director at a lifestyle boutique agency in Chicago, where she managed a variety of noteworthy clients and high profile events. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in Public Corporate Communications from Butler University and is involved with organizations such as Women 2.0, Girls Build LA, and has taught PR workshops at General Assembly LA, Coloft Academy, and 1871 Accelerator in Chicago. She is also a founding board member of the Stimulus Social Club, an organization that allocates charitable contributions to local non-profits through monthly events. Kristen was honored with Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference” award and the L.A. Biz Award for “Women of Influence”. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Kristen Tischhauser

Co-founder & CEO

Kristen brings over a decade of public relations and marketing experience to talkTECH. Her multi-faceted approach in delivering strategic, results-oriented PR campaigns and launches, expertise in media relations, and grassroots branding tactics has a proven track record. Under Kristen’s direction, the agency has developed into one of the fastest-growing U.S. PR firms for early-stage and established tech startups. She has managed communications for over $300M in collective venture capital funding announcements and facilitated media coverage for over 175 startups since the company’s inception 6 years ago. She has garnered over 250 top tier media placements in 2015 alone, in outlets including: Inc., Forbes, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, The Next Web, Fast Company, Mashable, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, VentureBeat, TIME, Bloomberg, and Los Angeles Times. Prior to talkTECH, Kristen was the Director at a lifestyle boutique agency in Chicago, where she managed a variety of noteworthy clients and high profile events. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in Public Corporate Communications from Butler University and is involved with organizations such as Women 2.0, Girls Build LA, and has taught PR workshops at General Assembly LA, Coloft Academy, and 1871 Accelerator in Chicago. She is also a founding board member of the Stimulus Social Club, an organization that allocates charitable contributions to local non-profits through monthly events. Kristen was honored with Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference” award and the L.A. Biz Award for “Women of Influence”. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Core Team Members

Robin Madell

Lead Copywriter

Robin Madell has spent two decades as a writer and blogger on business, technology, health, finance, and public-interest issues. She has interviewed over 200 thought leaders around the globe, and has won 20 awards for editorial excellence. Robin serves as a communications consultant for entrepreneurs and executives in diverse industries.

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Robin Madell

Lead Copywriter

Robin Madell has spent two decades as a writer and blogger on business, technology, health, finance, and public-interest issues. She has interviewed over 200 thought leaders around the globe, and has won 20 awards for editorial excellence. Robin serves as a communications consultant for entrepreneurs and executives in diverse industries.

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Mike Chen

Senior Copywriter

Mike Chen brings more than a decade of experience in business communications ranging from technical writing to marketing copy. In addition, Mike’s writing has appeared across a variety of media, including regular columns for FoxSports.com and SB Nation as well as contributions to The New York Times Online, Yahoo Sports, Maple Street Press, and Hungry Guides.

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Mike Chen

Senior Copywriter

Mike Chen brings more than a decade of experience in business communications ranging from technical writing to marketing copy. In addition, Mike’s writing has appeared across a variety of media, including regular columns for FoxSports.com and SB Nation as well as contributions to The New York Times Online, Yahoo Sports, Maple Street Press, and Hungry Guides.

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Laura Vrcek

Copywriter

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Laura Vrcek

Copywriter

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Clarice Thai

Finance Director

Clarice has been involved in many aspects of the finance world starting out at one of the “Big 4” firms, PriceWaterHouseCoopers. Developing process improvements and controls is what makes her successful with startups. She likes to get involved in the all aspects of the business, operational and financially. Clarice graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2007 with a double degree in Accountancy and Business Law.

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Clarice Thai

Finance Director

Clarice has been involved in many aspects of the finance world starting out at one of the “Big 4” firms, PriceWaterHouseCoopers. Developing process improvements and controls is what makes her successful with startups. She likes to get involved in the all aspects of the business, operational and financially. Clarice graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2007 with a double degree in Accountancy and Business Law.

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Liz Martin

Graphic Design Special Projects

A Milwaukee native, Liz is a graduate from the renowned School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) who focused her studies in visual communications. Over the years Liz has taken on many design ventures lending her talents to businesses, non-profit organizations and various start-ups. Liz’s talent runs the gamut from creative design to marketing.

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Liz Martin

Graphic Design Special Projects

A Milwaukee native, Liz is a graduate from the renowned School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) who focused her studies in visual communications. Over the years Liz has taken on many design ventures lending her talents to businesses, non-profit organizations and various start-ups. Liz’s talent runs the gamut from creative design to marketing.

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