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 media and bloggers with killer content.
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.
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.
"Working with the talkTECH team was a wonderful experience! This was our team's first time working with a PR firm, and Kristen guided us through every step of the process. From developing our messaging and position, to executing a detailed plan, to assisting with content creation, and finally to managing our strategic media relationships, talkTECH clearly understood our needs, making the entire experience an enjoyable and effective one. I would highly recommend talkTECH for any startup's PR needs!"
- Stephen Chen, Founder of Petnostics
Get to Know Us
Kristen Grossi, Co-founder & CEO
As Co-founder & CEO, Kristen Grossi (formerly Tischhauser) 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 startups. She has managed communications for over $300M in collective venture capital funding announcements and facilitated media coverage for over 375 companies since talkTECH’s inception eight years ago. She has garnered over 250 top tier media placements in 2018 alone.
Prior to talkTECH, Kristen was the Director at a lifestyle PR 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, L.A. Promise Fund, and has taught PR workshops at General Assembly LA and the 1871 Accelerator in Chicago. Kristen was honored with Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Women Making a Difference” award and the L.A. Biz Award for “Women of Influence”.
The Dream Team
Mike Chen, Lead 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 The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., and Mashable. His book, Here and Now and Then, was on Paste Magazine’s “Best Books of January 2019 list” and it has hit bestseller status on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Kobo.
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. She is also the Co-Head at Dillon Rennick. Over the years Liz has taken on many design ventures lending her talents to businesses, non-profit organizations and various startups. Liz’s talent runs the gamut from creative design to marketing.
Matt Johnson, Senior Copywriter
Matt Johnson is a writer and editor in Kansas City. He has written for Stanford Social Innovation Review, Editor & Publisher, The Bulwark, Quillette, the Kansas City Star, Splice Today, Areo Magazine, Arc Digital, and a wide range of other outlets. His client work has been published in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., L.A. Biz, MarTech Advisor, MKTGinsight, ClickZ, Marketing Dive, and elsewhere.
Matt has also worked on the editorial desk at the Kansas City Star and as the opinion page editor at the Topeka Capital-Journal – a daily newspaper in the capital of Kansas. In 2017, the Kansas Press Association named his column and opinion page the best in the state.
Clarice Johnson, 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.