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Otto Pohl

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Los Angeles Area, US

Vice President, Business Development, Black Creek Group. Stanford Graduate School of Business. Four startups, three sold

Vice President, Business Development, Black Creek Group. Stanford Graduate School of Business. Four startups, three sold

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
I have an idea I'm commited to
Not currently looking for a cofounder

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development

Involved In

Founder

Lucky Day Discovery Inc.
Swell Foop
Kodak ProLab Moscow
Photographics International

Positions

Co-Founder & CEO Lucky Day Discovery Inc. January 2015 - present
Vice President, Business Development MIRA Companies May 2012 - March 2015
Sloan Fellow Stanford Graduate School of Business 2010 - July 2011
Business Development Consultant Efficient Montana LLC January 2009 - May 2010
Founder and President Swell Foop July 2007 - December 2009
Ukraine Country Director Gruner + Jahr GmbH & Co KG May 2004 - July 2006
Journalist Freelance May 2000 - August 2004
Director, Business Development Snapfish May 2000 - May 2001
Co-Founder, General Manager Kodak ProLab Moscow July 1996 - July 1999
Co-Founder, President Photographics International May 1992 - December 1996
Photographer The New York Times January 1993 - October 1996

Education

Stanford University Graduate School of Business Business 2010 - 2011
Cornell University Political Science 1987 - 1991
Ithaca High School

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering
  • • Marketing
  • • Industrial Design
Advisor With
  • • Engineering
  • • SEO
  • • Mobile App Design
  • • Social Network Analysis
  • • Travel
Markets of Interest
  • • Events
  • • Travel

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Business Development • Energy Efficiency • Entrepreneurship • Strategy • Corporate communications

Key Accomplishments

I thrive on startups, new ideas, and the enthusiasm required to make things happen. I have a global perspective on things, having lived and worked in six countries. I speak three languages. I love getting deals done.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I'm consensus oriented. I am full of strong opinions weakly held--tell me why I'm wrong and if you've got a good argument I'll agree with you. Business is more about relationships than the particular idea, so I am interested in finding someone with whom I truly see eye to eye. Everything else follows.

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Christopher S. Dean
They're my advisor  •  CEO, Swrve and Advisor, Twin Prime. Kellogg grad.
Strong ability to make a vision reality.
John Krzywicki
Principal, True North Venture Partners. Previously Corp Dev, Solazyme, Inc.. Associate, Alloy Ventures. Associate, BCG. Stanford BA/MBA/MS
Daniel Macklin
We worked together at Stanford Graduate School of Business  •  Co-Founder, VP Business Development, Social Finance (SoFi). Previously Sloan Fellow, 2011, Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Otto is one of those people that can turn his hand to anything. He has a rich range of experiences to draw on and is tenacious when he know ... s what he wants. Add in a stellar intellect and you have a winning combination. I would highly recommend working with Otto.
Mike Cagney
They're my school  •  Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance (SoFi) and Chairman, ReFlow Services. Stanford GSB grad. University of California, Santa Cruz grad.
Otto has always been an entrepreneur - it's his passion to build businesses.
Lance Trebesch
They're my friends  •  CEO, TicketPrinting.com & Ticket River. Previously VP/GM of Savi Technology, VP/GM Viant Corp., Director, Strategic Alliances, Dimension X.
Otto is smart, driven, and excellent at strategy. He gets the job done, and does it with infectious optimism.
Laura Fitton
They're my friends  •  Inbound Marketing Evangelist, HubSpot. Previously CEO/Founder, oneforty inc.. Cornell grad.
He already is a great entrepreneur, and one of the smartest and bravest humans I've ever met.

Mike Cagney
They're my investor  •  Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance (SoFi) and Chairman, ReFlow Services. Stanford GSB grad. University of California, Santa Cruz grad.
Mike is one of the smartest people you'll ever meet. Box-of-razor-blades sharp. His insight into finance is particularly impressive. Watchin ... g his most recent startup go massive in the past two years has been an inspiration. Plus, he'll serve you fantastic wine.