Karen Straus

Westlake Village, California, US

Strategic Thinker: excellence in Product Marketing/Management, Graphic Design, Website Development
Karen's Skills
Adobe Creative Suite
Business Process
Business Strategy
Branding & Identity
Product Management
User Experience
Business Development

Startup Experience

First time founder

Age Group


About Karen

Graphic designer, marketing consultant, product manager -- specializing in B2B tech products and nonprofits. For the past 2 years served, along with a business partner, as the outsourced marketing department for tech startup Codeshelf. In prior consulting engagements, worked in product management for tech companies of all sizes. In my design practice, I helped launch three nonprofits.

Please see my LinkedIn profile for recommendations. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kpstraus


It always seems impossible until it's done. - Nelson Mandela

Work Experience

Owner / Designer / Consultant

Garnet Creative

June 2007 - Today

Run by a graphic designer with an MBA and substantial marketing experience, Garnet Creative is the partner you've been seeking. Garnet understands business from your perspective, and will work seamlessly with you and your team to accomplish your goals. Garnet's creative services focus on graphic design, including corporate identity, publications, websites (mostly WordPress) and more. Related consulting services include branding, message development, business strategy and product management. Although my client base is diverse, I focus primarily on non-profits and B2B technology companies. Inquiries are welcome from prospective clients as well as agencies and design firms. Garnet Creative services are available on a freelance or contract basis.

Collaborator / Partner

Webmoxie + Garnet Creative

April 2013 - Today

Webmoxie and Garnet Creative work together to deliver extraordinary marketing strategy and deliverables on a timely and cost effective basis. We partner with our clients to translate even rough concepts into highly effective websites, digital marketing campaigns, printed materials, videos and more that help our clients achieve their business goals.

Marketing & Product Management

Independent Consultant

April 1993 - May 1998

Clients included Verifone, Apple, Ceridian, NetPower, EIT and more.

Product Marketing Manager

Metaphor / IBM

June 1988 - April 1993

Product Marketing Manager, then Department Manager

Product Manager


July 1985 - June 1988

Product Manager


July 1982 - July 1984


Brandeis University

BA Computer Science / Linguistics, Cum Laude

1978 - 1982

University of Cincinnati

MBA with Marketing concentration

1984 - 1986

Art Institute of Phoenix

BA Graphic Design

2004 - 2007

Co-working Space

Impact Hub Oakalnd

2014 - 2015