No Vendor

Gracenet founder, Sylvia Paull, knows how to say no to a client.
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I like to help make strategy, not be told what I’m supposed to do as part of someone else’s strategy, especially when people don’t know what they are doing and think they do.
I’ve had many startup guys come to me with some great technology they have developed or are developing and want me to do PR. “Who is going to use it? For what?” I ask. And if they can’t convince me to want to use it, how could I convince the media that this is a company worth writing about?

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I like…
    I like…
    I know what I like.
    I like the song I heard on the radio.
    I like travelin’ backwards in the fog
    Cause it doesn’t remind me of anything.
    The “we all need some time away from technology/ use your weekend for aLife outside these boxes” oath:
    I refuse to be paxilated by pixels or pixelated by paxil.
    I will be nurtured by nature and natured by nurturing.
    Signed, Nancy