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Graeme Thickins

Advisor Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, US

Advisor and consultant to technology startups for 30+ years. Multiple successful exits.

Advisor and consultant to technology startups for 30+ years. Multiple successful exits.

7 vouches

Involved In


GT&A Strategic Marketing Inc.
Surfrider Foundation - MN/Superior Chapter


Selected & Recent Clients
Selected & Recent Clients


Founder & President GT&A Strategic Marketing Inc. January 1982 - present
Board Member MinneAnalytics July 2014 - present
Consultant & Advisor Selected & Recent Clients January 2005 - present
Chief Blogging Officer Graeme Thickins on Tech™ November 2005 - present
Founder & Contributor - Blog/Podcast November 2007 - present
Chapter Cofounder Surfrider Foundation - MN/Superior Chapter August 2008 - present
Technology Writer & Analyst December 2000 - present
VP Marketing Intradyn Inc. (acquired 2008) May 2004 - January 2007
Interim Director of Content 1999 - 2000


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Journalism/English
Austin Community College - Austin MN Pre-med
Pacific Christian College - Long Beach CA Surfing :-)
Mt. San Antonio College - Walnut CA Liberal Arts
Three (Count 'Em, Three!) High Schools

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Cloud Services
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Healthcare
  • • Local
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Sports
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Medical Devices

You Should Know About Me

Key Accomplishments

See my web site at

Graeme Thickins founded GT&A Strategic Marketing three decades ago explicitly to serve technology startups, well before it was in vogue for marketing firms to do so. He’s had some amazing experiences building value and achieving remarkable results for his clients along the way. He’s devoted his entire career to technology startups, after cutting his teeth at two of Minnesota’s renowned Fortune 500 technology pioneers, Control Data and Medtronic – both highly entrepreneurial, founder-led firms that spawned literally thousands of startups.

Graeme has consulted with and advised some 200 technology startups and corporate ventures over 30+ years that have collectively achieved billions of dollars of shareholder wealth. His clients are founders and C-level execs, and many are serial entrepreneurs that have worked with him over multiple startups.
Graeme has also served as an interim marketing or content executive for some of his clients. He has extensive credits as a published writer and analyst. His blog, was launched in 2005.

He earns most of his business via referral, which brings him a great deal of pride.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

1) As a paid advisor (fee and equity) to help get your startup established and connected to the resources needed to succeed, and/or 2) as a hired-gun marketing consultant to help you define or sharpen marketing strategy and begin executing on it through the launch of the company and into the growth phase.

As an Advisor

Highly collaborative. Highly responsive. Making connections that add value over the near term and long term.

Vouches Received

Vouches Given

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Rob Griggs
We worked together  •  Vice President, Corum Group.
I've worked with him for 25 years, hired him a few times on start-ups, and he is the consummate professional! I will always recommend him, ... hire him, promote him and trust him.
Joel Nash
We worked together  •  CEO, AsystMe LLC.
Graeme is a great connector of people and concepts. I have never met anyone who is as well connected as Graeme. He also keeps up with techn ... ology and is very good at wordsmithing to communicate complex subjects. Above and beyond this Graeme is a wonderful person and very easy to work with.
Lisa Schneegans
We worked together  •  Real Estate Investor, Real Estate Investor.
Graeme is very knowledgeable, easy to work with and is a great connector. He has made a huge contribution to our company.
Joe Sriver
We worked together  •  Manager of Consumer Content, Newscycle Solutions. Purdue grad.
Graeme has a multitude of experience advising startups and is a great person to advise others during their startup journey.
Klaus Schneegans
We worked together  •  Founder and CFO, Buzz_360.
Graeme has a wealth of knowledge and a cornucopia of highly valuable contacts. He has been incredibly helpful to us.
David Bagley
We worked together  •  GM Cloud Services Management, Dell.
Graeme has seen it all - great social marketing experience and network of contacts
George Reese
We worked together  •  President, SparqTV Productions
Graeme is an excellent driver of building start-up brands--especially in technology--via grass-roots and social strategies.

Joel Nash
They're my advisor  •  CEO, AsystMe LLC.
Joel is a talented engineer who has already built one successful software company (which was acquired). He will do it again! He has a great ... ability to see opportunities coming, to understand market needs, to build teams, and to sell to both partners and customers. Best of all, Joel is a man of high integrity and never-ending perseverance!