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Here are biographies for some of our core team members.  Other bios are under development, so please check back again!
Renee Maler
As the director and co-founder of philosophy PR + marketing, Renee Maler brings nearly 20 years of professional communications experience to her clients, including 16 years of consulting for high-technology companies.  Renee carries an exceptional track record of success – augmenting existing teams as well as spearheading new efforts to deliver all aspects of public relations, analyst relations and customer reference programs.
Renee’s media and analyst relations work have taken companies from start-up to growth phases to acquisition or public offering.  Her extensive customer outreach and strong analyst relationships have netted her clients consistent, positive coverage from tier-one media outlets and analyst firms. Renee’s strong relationship-building efforts have raised awareness of her clients as market share leaders – in some cases, even extremely early on in a company’s lifecycle.
Renee’s comprehensive customer reference program has been the cornerstone to PR/analyst success as well as to speaker programs and high-level investor relations.  Her clients, as well as their partners and customers with whom she has worked, include: Apple Computer, Blue Pumpkin/Witness Systems, Calabrio, Cisco Systems, 3Com, HighTech Connect, Infopia, Nextance, Select International, Tangoe, Women in Consulting, Avaya, Siemens, Nissan Motor Corp., Boeing, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, America Online, Time Warner and many others.

Renee earned her B.A. in journalism, with a minor in psychology, from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Patrick Lin, Ph.D.
Co-founder Patrick Lin brings a new kind of expertise to corporate and market communications Ė given his unique blend of experience from university teaching, legislative work in Washington D.C., technology savvy from Silicon Valley and an impressive track-record in public relations and business management.
Patrick was formerly an account manager at the legendary public relations agency Niehaus Ryan Wong, known for launching Yahoo! and Netflix as well as its work with Apple, Pixar and other leaders.  He has worked with start-ups to established companies such as Covisint (venture founded by Ford, GM, DaimlerChrysler, et al.), Volkswagen, Nextel, Sprint PCS, Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Omnisky, Siemens, Business Objects, Veritas, JetBlue, eBay, E*TRADE, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medtronic, Telus and other market makers. 
With an academic focus on ethics and critical thinking, Patrick is involved with strategy and writing initiatives for the firmís clients.  He is also active in speaking and publishing about technology & societal issues, given his positions at Dartmouth College, Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo), US Naval Academy, Western Michigan University and other organizations.
Active in community affairs, Patrick has served on the board of directors for Make-A-Wish Foundation and Foodbank in Santa Barbara.  He was also involved with the Ronald McDonald House and other non-profits in San Francisco.  Patrick received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley, and he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Mike Lin, M.B.A.

As a management and marketing consultant, Mike Lin specializes in helping professionals and companies communicate and market themselves more effectively.  Previously a manager in Accenture's CRM practice, Mike has consulted to Fortune 500 companies as well as managed multi-million dollar projects.  His clients included Hewlett-Packard, Bank of America, BellSouth, Sprint PCS, International Paper, Equifax, State of Maryland and State of Florida.  He started his career in sales and marketing at Turner Broadcasting System, eventually becoming the youngest account executive in the history of Turner Network Sales.

In his public relations strategy and communications work, Mike has also lectured at leading universities, including UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, UC Davis and Georgetown University.  Mike graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in rhetoric & communication studies and sociology.  He also has an M.B.A. from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.


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