James Cortese, Founder
James is a technology marketing leader with 16 years of experience building and running comprehensive marketing communications programs. In February 2015 James founded Gryphon Agency. Before starting his own company, James led the communications team at frog, the global product strategy and design firm. He oversaw the company’s content strategy, including editorial, executive communications, media relations, social media, events, and awards. Prior to frog, James worked at Edelman Public Relations, where he ran PR programs for energy and materials companies, including multinationals like GE and Dow Chemical Co. He was a founding member of Edelman’s clean-tech practice and helped launch and scale many successful energy startups like residential solar pioneer SolarCity. James got his start in Silicon Valley at the respected technology PR firm A&R Partners, where he worked on PR programs for high-tech clients like Palm, Adobe, Akimbo, and Roku in its early days. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, and an MBA with an emphasis in sustainability from Presidio Graduate School.