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Trish McDermott

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Co-Founder and Media Trainer, Panic Media Training and Public Relations Consultant, Yoyo Chinese Inc. San Francisco State grad.

Co-Founder and Media Trainer, Panic Media Training and Public Relations Consultant, Yoyo Chinese Inc. San Francisco State grad.

6 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Product

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product

Involved In


Panic Media Training

Advisor and and


Co-Founder and Media Trainer Panic Media Training November 2014 - present
Public Relations Consultant Yoyo Chinese Inc June 2014 - present
Advisor to startups and January 2010 - present
Spokesperson Princess Cruises 2006 - 2008
Startup Team/VP Public Relations 2005 - 2008
Freelance Dating Expert 2006 - 2007
Startup Team/ VPof Public Relations 1994 - 2004


San Francisco State University Marketing

Interested In

Joining an Early Team
Markets of Interest
  • • Dating
  • • Education
  • • Family
  • • Green
  • • Healthcare
  • • Individualized Learning
  • • Int'l Development (Outside US/Canada)
  • • K-12
  • • Real Estate
  • • Social Impact
  • • Sports

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Messaging • Public relations • Communication • Public speaking • Startups

Key Accomplishments

Global expert regarding dating, romance and dating technology, also developing expertise in online education (thanks Yoyo Chinese). Built one of the Internet's first and well-loved brands, Launched Match and ran global communications for 10 yrs. Experienced spokesperson (48 Hours, Nightline, Today Show, Power Lunch, NPR, BBC radio, etc.), public speaker (SF Commonwealth Club, National Press Club) brand story teller (thanks to my Irish roots), crisis communications veteran (online dating has it's share of harrowing brand moments) and media trainer with my startup Panic Media Training. I'm passionate about the story. Honesty. Spin-free communications. Love.

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Peter s Chalkley
Md-Ceo, V C Q Media .com. Previously MD, Sage Hansel.
Messaging and Media Training Provide media training and strategic message development, help organizations message effectively during product ... launches, practice for tough questions regarding organizational vulnerabilities and coach spokespeople to nail interviews and improve their likability factor. Crisis Communications Develop crisis communications plan, participate in crisis decision making, coach spokespeople through practice crisis scenarios and prepare spokespeople in actual crisis situations
Jo Lynn Clemens, CPCU, ARM
Founder and CEO of XOXY, President JJC Insurance Services, LLC. Ohio University graduate.
She has a wealth of experience and served as global spokesperson for She understands the psychology behind dating as well.
Wendy Sue Noah
We worked together  •  "Social Media With a Conscience", Entrepreneur / Self-Employed. Previously "Real Eyes Faith", Inspirational Author.
Trish would be an exceptional advisor because of her vast experience with the media and with online dating, as we both worked in the Match.C ... om start-up and I watched her take the company to a whole new level through publicity and outreach. Trish is the real deal and a leader. She gives you the whole picture as it is, and offers possible solutions or opportunities as you continue to grow and prosper. I highly recommend Trish!!
Rand Strauss
Founder/Visionary,, transforming government and politics. Looking for an exec- product & project design, mgmt & planning.
She has great instincts and experience in training people to interview well.
Fran Maier
We worked together  •  Serial Entrepreneur: CEO Babierge. Co-Founder & 1st GM, CMO and Bluelight, Founder TRUSTe
Trish has a wonderful grasp of what stories people want to hear and what stories you can genuinely tell them. She's great at media coaching ... , has a wide network in news and media, and is a pleasure to work with.
Frank Mastronuzzi
We worked together  •  Controller & Business Development, Previously Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operational Officer, Michael S. Smith Inc.
Trish is an amazing advisor because not only is her startup insight both spot on and focused on helping you grow, she is an amazing person t ... o have on the team. I worked with Trish during the early days of and she single handedly got all the press during our hey day. Trish is smart, kind, encouraging, helpful and all around an amazing person!