I’m Emily Kramer, co-founder at MKT1 where we help founders and marketers build and scale their marketing functions. Until recently, I was a marketing leader at a number of startups.
I’ve invested in 50+ companies, including 15 from our new-ish VC fund, MKT1 Capital, which I run with my co-founder Kathleen. MKT1 Capital is an early-stage B2B fund with over 60 marketers as investors in the fund.
I started working with Kathleen 3 years ago when we started MKT1, which initially focused on advising, consulting, and marketing recruiting. Now we are full-time focused on fund, content, community and courses.
I’ve taught over 200 startup marketers & founders through my courses on Maven and talked to over 1,000 founders in the past 3 years (we recently counted). We now have over 25,000 newsletter subscribers (growing 8x this year!).
Going back to my marketing leader days…while leading Asana's marketing team for 4 years, I launched their first paid product for teams in 2013 and their rebrand in 2015. I was the 35th-ish employee there.
Then at Astro, I launched the company and its first product, which won Product Hunt's mobile app of the year in 2017; Astro was acquired by Slack a year later.
At Carta, I built marketing team at series C. I’m most proud of the work I did developing their gender equity gap data studies and Table Stakes initiative in 2019, which was covered in 50+ top tier publications.
I’m now an advocate for fair compensation practices, have shared my own story publicly relating to challenges I’ve faced as a (queer) woman startup leader. I’m also on the board of non-profit Empower Work.
During my down time, I spend time with my 2 dogs (I had 3 until very recently when I lost my 13 year old terrier mix) and my partner Megan. I see a lot of live music (been to over 600 shows in my lifetime) and am about to start splitting my time between Oakland, CA and Lake Winnipesaukee, NH—so there’s a lot more boating in my near future. I also am a very amateur woodworker--I like building and making things no matter what the medium.
Ask me anything about building a marketing team, marketing more generally, the impact of AI on marketing, growing your career, investing, going from operator to investor, building a personal brand, startup compensation, or anything else that seems relevant.