About

Shelley Harrison founded Launch Pad specifically to serve the growing community of emerging companies. The firm now consists of a virtual team of specialized marketers working as needs demand.

Shelley began her high-tech career with Hewlett-Packard, and has been involved in numerous success stories. She has led marketing teams responsible for countless PR, advertising, product and brand identity awards, and has been the driving marketing force behind many successful IPOs and acquisitions. Shelley has a reputation for getting results with small budgets and teams.

Shelley has advised over 200 companies, many of whom have experienced successful IPOs and acquisitions. Past clients include Acceller (#54 on the Inc. 500), Amplitude Software, Blue Coat Systems, British Telecom, Context Relevant, Endgame, IGN.com, IronPort, LoudCloud, MarketTools, Mongo Music, OuterBay, Polycom, Postini, Quack.com, Qualys, The San Francisco Ballet, Signio, Socialtext, Sygate, TeleAtlas, Tenable Network Security, TriCipher, Trivida, Verity and Vermeer.

In addition to her success as a marketing consultant, Shelley served as senior vice president of sales, marketing and operations at Compressent, Inc., a software company that IPO’d during her time there. She was the fourth employee at now-public scanner manufacturers Visioneer, serving as the company’s vice president of marketing and customer service. Prior to Visioneer, Shelley ran marketing for cc:Mail during the time it went from market laggard to market leader with more than 50 percent market share. She helped oversee its subsequent acquisition by Lotus. After spending time performing classical product management at Hewlett-Packard, she served as a marketing manager for Amdek, a company acquired by Wyse Technology.

Shelley has been a member of the board of directors of Opportunity Fund, the nation’s largest microfinance organization, since 2012. The organization provides financing to small business owners, primarily recent immigrants and women, unable to secure traditional bank loans.


San Francisco, CA


(415) 987-0645


sharrison@launchpadmarketing.com