ABOUT

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PUBLIC RELATIONS
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Vijay Chattha

Chief Talker

“When it comes to PR and Silicon Valley, Vijay Chattha is the chap you should know.”
Mobile Industry Review

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Vijay Chattha is recognized as one of the top technology PR executives in the U.S. for his aggressive and creative approach.  His PR tactics have led to multi-billion dollar client exits over the past decade. Vijay plays a role in all client strategy, pitch angles and high-level media relations. As an investor, advisor, board member and author, Vijay does more than promote his clients. He creates conversations and educates key influencers on the real story between the lines of press releases and corporate jargon.

Vijay’s insights are featured in The Wall Street JournalBusiness InsiderTechCrunch, The Washington Post, VentureBeat, PRWeek, E-consultancy, OMMA Magazine, the Wharton Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. Vijay ranked at number 48 on The PR 50: The Best Communication Pros in Technology by Business Insider in 2012.

…And Personal

Vijay earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in International Relations and South Asian Studies. He co-developed his first startup while at the Wharton School of Business. While studying International Economics at the London School of Economics, he created Playboy’s College Marketing Program.

Vijay also co-created the Walk of Game, a first-ever video game landmark destination that inducted the likes of Sonic, Mario and Lara Croft into video game history. Vijay co-founded and serves on board of directors of Project Ahimsa, a global effort to empower youth through music. Vijay was also honored as one of PRWeek’s top two Young Professionals of the Year. When he’s not talking, he’s rocking; as front man for the Punjabi Hip-Hop Funk band BlackMahal.

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Stacy Taaffe

Director, Client Experience

Stacy keeps VSC in line and on time.

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Stacy is that person for you. She puts ideas into action. Stacy oversees PR plans, roadmaps, measurements and operations across the board. It is because of her obsessive attention to client experience and task management that VSCpr maintains one of the highest client retention rates in the industry. Beyond retention, VSCpr continues to attract seasoned entrepreneurs who expect the best results and fresh ideas that Stacy helps collect, connect and deliver.

…And Personal

Formerly, Stacy worked at SONY, but she has forsaken her rock and roll roots to spend some time nurturing her family tree. When she isn’t keeping VSCpr on task, you can find Stacy in Marin with her husband and two kids, watching Top Chef.

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Eric Gonzalez

GM, New York

“Eric was one of the most responsive and connected PR pros I’ve ever worked with.”
Steve Spero, Former VP of Marketing, Myxer

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Most recently, Eric headed up PR efforts for DeNA Global, who purchased ngmoco:), marking the largest mobile social gaming acquisition in history. Additionally, Eric has worked on numerous mobile and technology companies including Reliance India, Rebtel, MocoSpace, PlaySpan, Double Fusion, Myxer, Chorus, Billing Revolution, FunMobility, ipsh!, 1stUp.com, and others.

Gonzalez is deeply involved in corporate messaging and brand positioning. He is also responsible for securing placement for his clients in mobile, business, influencer and app industry trades. Eric has also worked on award winning integrated marketing campaigns and media events for film and television properties such as Fox’s 24, and Universal’s The Fast & The Furious franchise.

…And Personal

Eric loves working with new ideas and playing around with the latest technology, but as much as he leans on his experience to overcome work-related challenges, he always tries to view things with a fresh set of eyes.

When he’s not in the office or meeting with press, Eric can be found spending time with his fiancé and adjusting to life as a first-time father.

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Mike Spaizman

Finance and Business Affairs

Mike lives in the trenches of public relations and finance management.

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Mike is a native San Franciscan, never left, why would he?  After getting his MBA from San Francisco State University, he joined the Hertz Corporation to mange a high volume accounting department.  From there Mike joined Jennings & Company where he began his career in Public Relations Financial Management.  Mike has managed the Finance & Operations functions for Blanc & Otus, as well as divisions of Hill & Knowlton and the WPP Group.  More recently he has focused on Consulting CFO roles with MyLawsuit.com, m/Oppenheim Associates, Tenor Communications, and VSC Consulting.

…And Personal

Few people know that while Mike was in college he worked as a chauffeur for a large SF based limousine company where he was able to meet many A list celebrities and dignitaries.  Mike is an avid tennis player and recreational golfer.  His other passions include going to car shows and track days with his son AJ and rooting on his daughter Mikayla at her school and club team volleyball matches.

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Greg Spector

Senior Marketing Consultant

Greg brings to our party that been-there, done-that knowledge and perspective.

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Greg is a Californian, born and bred.  After graduating from San Francisco State University, he went to work as reporter on the business desk at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. While there, he implemented their tech coverage in 1980.  He also did a five-year stint as West Coast bureau chief for PC Week, now called eWeek, bringing him back to his Bay Area roots.

Greg Co-Founded a tech PR agency, served as president and CEO of WPP’s Blanc & Otus agency, and was a co-founder and CMO of Rebtel, now the world’s largest independent mobile VoIP company. He also counseled some of the coolest start-ups ever, including Facebook, just public RPX Corp. and NFC mCommerce pioneer ViVOtech.

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Few people know that before Greg went to college he worked as a cook and chief steward aboard merchant ships sailing from the ports of San Francisco and Seattle.  His passion for cooking has grown over the years, and while he’s no Nathan Myhrvold, few things make him happier than feeding friends and family – and a hearty bottle of California Zinfandel.

If he’s not in the kitchen or at his desk, he’s probably at the beach, camping under the stars, hiking in the hills or traveling the world with his wife Ellen, now that his three boys, Max, Bennett and Grant are grown and independent.

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Laine Conklin

Senior Media Trainer

“Laine is the ultimate guru when it comes to developing leadership communication skills and delivering effective media coaching.”

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Laine Conklin has delivered media coaching for senior level executives and spokespeople for the last 20 years within communication companies and also as a solo practitioner. Her experience runs the gambit from start-up companies and Fortune 100s like Pfizer, eBay, AOL/Time Warner and Deutsche Bank. Laine has prepped many CEOs and CFOs for keynote addresses and IPO roadshows, and specializes in content as well as delivery. Additional clients of note include Meg Whitman and John Donahoe of eBay, Jack Dorsey of Twitter, Dr. Drew and Suze Orman.
 
Recognized for her exceptional peer-level coaching and ability to transform technical concepts into laymen’s language, Laine is highly sought after by leading industrialists and has extensive experience in the healthcare, technology, financial services and consumer goods sectors. She has also trained hundreds of subject matter experts in a variety of settings including witness preparation. Laine specializes in executive/leadership communications skills, presentation skills, media skills, and expert testimony. She has worked with consumer advocate groups and spokespeople for press inquirers and government advocacy.

…And Personal

Laine has juggled her life between the east and west coast for the last 10 years. Although New York is her current love and home, San Francisco is quickly stealing her heart. In the future, she hopes to find a permanent “crash pad” in Oakland as well – something close to the water and where there’s a little more sun!
 
At present, her free time is spent refurbishing an old banana warehouse in Brooklyn. It has been a persistent source of familial and industrious fun. What’s next on her wish list? Maybe an airplane!

OUR TEAM

  • PRformer The PRformer
  • The PRoducer The PRoducer
  • christina Media Mixologist
  • photo (5) suPRman
  • JamesNew El PResidente
  • carter2 The PRfectionist
  • Rebecca2USE The PRovocateur
  • Creighton PR Mixmaster
  • Lucy The PRodigy
  • photo (6) PRactitioner
  • Abbie The PRo
  • Amy SuPRstar

EXTENDED TEAM

  • melanie The Graphic Designer
  • prem photo The Event Producer
  • Photographer The Photographer
  • unnamed (2) Digital Media

OUR MISSION

VSC mixes youthful vigor and fresh creativity with a deep institutional knowledge of vertical integration.  We lead clients to feel comfortable in making bold and disruptive moves, while, at the same time, working traditional channels at new, of-the-moment angles.

WHO WE ARE

At our core, we aim to conceive and execute innovative ways that organizations can become vertical market leaders—through visibility, strategy, and creativity.

Our senior management team combines over 50 years of tech marketing communications experience at 15 different agencies and in-house departments of global brands–including SONY, Yahoo, Playboy and the Smithsonian Institution. Our team has serviced over 140 clients across five continents backed by 43 venture capital firms and counting.

VSC is introducing a new studio division Wareness.io – a marketing studio devoted to launching smart hardware products.