ABOUT 2017-11-28T03:59:32+00:00

Magic Flight Studio’s Story

Magic Flight Studios was originally founded under the name Market Compass in 2015 with the mission to help emerging companies accelerate their growth through marketing strategy and excution services. Since that time, it has become abundently clear that one of the most fundamental needs for emerging companies is powerful storytelling that engages, persuades, and ultimately converts audiences to loyal customers. We have since evolved our business model to integrate and emphasize the aspect of storytelling along with growth-focused marketing strategy and execution.

The name Magic Flight Studios was inspired by Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, a storytelling framework for some of the greatest stories including the Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Toy Story, and Lord of the Rings. The ‘Magic Flight’ is the part of the Hero’s Journey where an ordinary person makes a choice to become something more – a hero. Similarly, we want to help emerging companies go from average to something great.

Magic Flight Studios has worked with nearly 20 emerging companies primarily in the technology space, with a mix of business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies. Over 75% of our clients are growing between 50-500% (measured by revenue, fundraising, and employees) and 98% are in growth or sustaining operations.

Our Team’s Story

chris deardorff

Chris Deardorff
CEO and Founder

A driven and creative marketing professional of over 10 years, Chris possesses in-depth global marketing and sales experience working with Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Avnet Technologies, MedTronic, TerumoBCT, and Seagate Technologies. He also has consulted and worked with fast-growing emerging companies including Kickfurther, Pixmoto, EvolveLab, Zometool, CBST Adventures, Fanzee, DMI.io, and Agile Partnering.

Throughout his career, Chris has been responsible for developing marketing and business strategies that have generated rapid, double-digit financial growth. His experience includes developing marketing and business plans, product roadmaps, and go-to-market initiatives that have helped companies effectively launch, market, and grow new products.

Additionally, Chris has extensive experience in developing and executing product value propositions, positioning and key messaging strategies and tactics while driving the development of dynamic sales and marketing assets spanning from traditional marketing materials to innovative web, mobile-based, and interactive marketing tools.

Chris is currently a student in the Stanford Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program. Chris has earned an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Chris also has an undergraduate degree in Business Finance from the University of Colorado – Boulder, where he was a scholar of the selective Presidents Leadership Class.

emily deardorff

Emily Deardorff
Head of Strategy and Ideation

Emily is a saavy strategy, operations, and client-facing professional with over 10 years of experience. Most recently, she was working as a Client Success Manager with Welltok, a digital health company recognized as the 74th fastest growing company in the nation according to Deloitte and was named top funded startup in Colorado. Before that, Emily worked as a manager at National Jewish Hospital, the number one respiratory hospital in the world.

Emily’s background is in Speech Language Pathology where she has worked in numerous settings include schools, hospitals, and other clinical arenas. Emily has her Masters in Speech Pathology from University of Texas at Austin and her Undergraduate Degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Kate Minnihan
Storytelling Marketing Intern

As a senior in the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado at Boulder and a scholar of the selective Presidents Leadership Class, Kate has made a positive impact in nearly everything she does. Most recently, she developed and implemented a peer mentorship program that now consists of 80 students, and last year, she co-founded a career fair that hosted over 20 companies promoting and recruiting for roles in sustainability and CSR for the Leeds School of Business.

Kate has experience working in both the public and private sector focusing on branding strategy, social media management, user experience testing, and human resources. Her love for connecting individuals and inspiring change has resulted in storytelling marketing being a perfect match for her!

In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, indulging in breakfast cuisine, and frequenting concerts at Colorado’s beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater.

emily deardorff

Bode the Brown Dog
Office Mascot

Bode is our loveable pup who is an endless source of fun and joy around the office.

Strategic Partners


StacieVee Design is a full service web design agency specializing in WordPress websites and digital branding. Stacie Velehradsky, CEO & Founder, is a creative design professional with experience in graphic design, branding, packaging, website design and development. Stacie is focused on providing the client with an exceptional experience, while bringing their brand to life online.

steelrock films

Steel Rock Films is a full-service video production house that is dedicated to creatively crafting the client’s story through film. Brandon Lied, Founder, started Steel Rock Films in 2009 after graduating from the University of Colorado. His experience in TV production and storytelling are superior, allowing him to create dynamic and informative videos for businesses like NBC, Carson Daly, BK Media Group, and Lennar.

Our Portfolio

Join Our Team

We’re always on the lookout for creative and driven marketers and storytellers who are passionate about working with growing companies. If this sounds like you, check out our current position openings and apply.

view open positions