The Studio

Planet Media is a privately held Limited Liability Corporation and was established in 1999 in Mountain View, California, and founded by Kurt Whitt, a Silicon Valley business executive with over 25 years of experience in Internet and web-based businesses, interactive television, new media, broadcast and broadband communications.

Planet Media is an accomplished boutique agency designed to solve your complex communication challenges. We position brands to improve awareness, engagement and loyalty among customers and employees. As senior-level strategists, writers, designers and producers, we develop strategic programs, messaging platforms and identity systems and we execute on every level of brand marketing and communications.

Our Mission

As a boutique branding, website design and marketing agency, Planet Media works closely with its clients to define and develop their identity, position and presence in their marketplace. We help clients achieve sustained growth through ideas, strategies and solutions that influence consumer taste and shape culture.

Planet Media builds partnerships with its clients by carefully listening and understanding their values and goals. We will help your organization achieve success and realize market potential through tailored, creative and strategic solutions. Planet Media maintains its position as an alternative leading-edge agency through adaptability, flexibility and masterful execution.

Our Philosophy

We seek to be on the forefront of establishing credibility for clients in the industry. We don’t just want to accomplish this for ourselves. We want to be a catalyst for raising standards in the entire market.We view the realm of business more like an act of gardening than an act of war; our vocabulary and company culture focuses on cultivating rather than competing, tending rather than acquiring, growing rather than winning. In practice, this means we have created and we are continuing to create a culture where we foster and encourage the sharing of information that many companies would withhold. In addition to providing our clients with the best product and service possible, we believe in also teaching them “how to fish” to support their own long-term growth.

We train our partners in our approach and processes. It’s an extension of our view of being transparent and upholding people’s freedom. Nonetheless, we are extraordinarily competitive—we just don’t view people as the object of our competitive nature. Instead, we view the tilling of the earth and the scaling of mountains as our external competition. Then people, all people, are co-laborers in the toil of surviving and flourishing against that external, non-human, competition.

The Human Element

While Planet Media is technically a business, it is more significantly a gathering of like-minded humans who believe business can be used to promote the common good of people and communities. And when a group of people share this belief, it affects what they choose to communicate. We realize the need to articulate the Planet Media brand position and value proposition, but what you will find, even more so, is a constant emphasis on the humans that make up what folks call Planet Media.

More than designers, programmers, and project managers, we are husbands and wives, sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, friends, servants to our communities, wanderers, musicians, learners, enjoyers of delicious food, connoisseurs of craftsmanship, athletes, coaches, listeners and storytellers, writers, catalysts for change, and raving fans of things that matter.

Collaborative Thinking

We believe that the design process is a collaboration that fuses our creative strengths with our clients business expertise and vision to produce websites that deliver results. The key to design methodology is finding the best solution for each design situation.

Design methodology stresses the use of brainstorming to encourage innovative ideas and collaborative thinking to work through each proposed idea and arrive at the best solution. Meeting the needs and wants of our end user is the most critical concern. Our design methodology also employs basic research methods, such as analysis, planning, deployment and testing.

Management Team

Kurt Whitt

Kurt Whitt – Founder/CEO

Kurt founded Planet Media in San Francisco in 1999 after helping build and launch several successful Silicon Valley startups.

He is responsible for initial business conceptualization, capital investment, strategic planning and overseeing sales, marketing and service for the organization.

He brings 25 years of deep experience in international business development, sales, marketing, technology and strategic planning with both startup and growth organizations. Kurt is an accomplished business executive who has led web-based, interactive television, new media and broadcasting teams for Fortune 500 companies, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Kurt graduated magna cum laude from Southwestern Virginia College in 1982 with a major in Electrical Engineering Technology and attended postgraduate studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Key Team Members

Our management team includes experienced C-level executives, business development professionals, graphic designers, illustrators, programmers, marketers and project managers. We bring a full spectrum of expertise in business strategy, digital media production and online marketing to bear on all of your critical challenges.

Idelle F.
Idelle F.Creative Director
Idelle is a senior level designer with over 12 years of expertise in branding and logo creation, interactive design, website design, illustration, multimedia, search engine optimization, marketing collateral, infographics and print design.
Gary W.
Gary W.Operations Director
Gary is a creative and business professional with over 11 years of experience in working with web programming and online media. He specializes in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, WordPress, ExpressionEngine, Shopify and SEO
Brian C.
Brian C.International Director
Brian oversees our European office based in Málaga, Spain. He is an experienced business manager, strategic planner, graphic designer and programmer with expertise in Dreamweaver, InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator.
Pumpkin P.
Pumpkin P.Bone Research Specialist
Pumpkin is a seven-year-old Old English Sheepdog. She has extensive experience in office greetings and mail carrier harassment. She spends most of her day slacking, snoozing and eating organic treats.