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marcus v colombano
Managing Partner


How does a Molecular Biologist end up in marketing? After years of creating chain reactions only viewable through a microscope, Marcus yearned to put his hypothesize-and-test skills to work in an arena where he could spend more time with people and less time with protozoa. He formed Avantgarde in 1992, providing marketing strategy, branding, communications and design consulting to high-tech clients like Eastman Kodak, Broderbund, Live Picture, Storm Technology, and Now Software.

In 1997, Marcus left Avantgarde to co-found Nuvomedia, makers of the Rocket eBook, a paperback-sized electronic book. Marcus oversaw the development and implementation of all branding and awareness campaigns at Nuvomedia, culminating in the sale of the company to Gemstar in 2000.

Marcus then rejoined – and reinvented – Avantgarde, honing the company’s focus to building influencer communities for businesses in Technology, Entertainment and Design, while leveraging brands into experiential programs designed to drive sales and awareness.



kristin kelly colombano
Partner/Creative Director


Since 1995, Kristin has been the creative force behind campaigns for clients such as the Rocket eBook, Simply She, Xerox, Titec Cycles, Vernier Networks, and Zinio.

With over a decade of experience as an art director, graphic designer, and fine artist, Kristin is that rare breed of creative talent who can wear all the hats, thinking big picture or fine grain, as each unique project requires. She holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in both Painting and Photography. Previously she worked at d’Note Records creating package design, collateral, promotional materials, as well as at CB Richard Ellis, developing their graphic standards and designing high-end marketing materials. She is currently working as the Creative Director at The Asia Foundation and Give2Asia, letting Kristin apply her creativity to truly meaningful work.


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