Spark 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.
Understanding the value of closely tying integrated marketing and public relations to business objectives, Spark shapes innovative strategies that help propel startups through the ever-changing ecosystems of technology and media. Among our 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).
Today, Spark represents a diverse group of clients ranging from fortune 500 companies, to global tech leaders, to innovative startups. We are proud to have helped a long list of clients achieve their business objectives through a wide range of communications programs and services, including Bing Travel, Electronic Arts, Visa, Verizon, The Economist, Trulia, Flickr, Mozilla.org, Nielsen, Nokia, NVIDIA, Skype and Yahoo!.