Joshua Krammes is the chief startup evangelist for SoftLayer Technologies, an IBM Company.
In his role with SoftLayer, he is responsible for creating awareness for the SoftLayer brand, specifically the company’s efforts in fostering innovation and its investment into the global startup ecosystem. As a community builder, Josh serves as an advisor, mentor, friend and liaison for early-stage startups to SoftLayer and the broader global startup community. He has partnered and mentored with several globally recognized startup organizations such as: Y Combinator, Founder’s Network, TechStars, 500 Startups, the Global Accelerator Network, several of the country’s premiere co-working spaces, entrepreneurial organizations and many more.
He joined SoftLayer in 2012 to execute the piloted SoftLayer Catalyst program to official launch and expansion. In the first year, the company’s program grew to incubate more than 500 startups around the globe, all seeking mentorship, advisement, and infrastructure services as they bring product to market. To date, they have incubated more than 3,000 startups in the ever-growing program.
Prior to SoftLayer, Krammes was fortunate to have enjoyed a successful career in politics, NGO’s, private corporations and as an entrepreneur. As co-founder of Continuum, he has an extensive background in business development, fund raising, and community development for companies, non-profits, municipalities and governments, and startup clients including: Sparked.com, SuperFan/BranchOut, Good.co, FitDeck, and several others.
Krammes is a life-long volunteer, fundraiser, Big Brother, traveler, hiker, runner, and surfing enthusiast. He credits all of his successes to one simple philosophy: always ask how you can help.