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Sparkpr is a public relations agency headquartered in San Francisco, California, with offices in New York City, London, Los Angeles and Cape Town.
Sparkpr specializes in technology and consumer public relations and has won numerous awards. Most recently, it was named the 2012 “Technology Agency of the Year” by The Holmes Report and won a 2012 Bulldog Reporter Gold Award in the category of “Best Use of Digital/Social for a Consumer Technology Campaign”. Sparkpr has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the Bay Area’s best places to work for three years in a row (2010-2012).
Sparkpr has specialized practice areas focused on Consumer Electronics, Digital Media & Advertising, eCommerce, Enterprise & IT, Financial Services, Gaming, Green Tech, Media & Entertainment, Mobile & Wireless, Music, Open Source, Social Media, Travel and Venture Capital. Sparkpr also has dedicated social media, video and graphic design departments.
The agency has provided communications services for numerous companies including: ask.com, Barclays, Bing, Bleacher Report, blinkx, DuPont, EA Mobile, The Economist, Etsy, Flickr, Good Technology, iHealth, Lowe’s, Mozilla, MSNBC, MTV, Myspace, The Nielsen Company, Rdio, Safeway, shopping.com, Skype, Sony Computer Entertainment, TODAY show, Twilio, Virgin Green Fund, Walmart, Warner Brothers, Wildfire and Yahoo!.
Sparkpr was co-founded in 1999 by Donna Sokolsky Burke and Chris Hempel, who started the firm after careers at Netscape. Launched during the height of the Silicon Valley’s Internet explosion, Sparkpr was positioned to provide communications and publicity programs to the start-ups of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and former Netscape colleagues. Among Sparkpr’s first success stories were 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). In 2007, Alan Soucy joined the company as Chief Executive Officer. Also in 2007, Sparkpr expanded by opening its first satellite office in London. This was followed by offices in Cape Town (2008), New York (2010) and Los Angeles (2011).