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Jean Z. Poh

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater New York City Area, US

Founder & CEO, Swoonery; Angel Investor (TheRealReal, Nomiku); Advisor (Innov8); Former VC/PE/M&A attorney (Mofo-Shanghai, Curtis-NYC);

Founder & CEO, Swoonery; Angel Investor (TheRealReal, Nomiku); Advisor (Innov8); Former VC/PE/M&A attorney (Mofo-Shanghai, Curtis-NYC);

5 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
  • Growth
  • Product
I have an idea I'm commited to
I don’t have much time for the next several months

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Growth
  • • Product

Involved In




Innov8 America


Founder & CEO Swoonery 2014 - present
Creative Director Jean & Alex, Inc 2009 - 2014
Associate Morrison & Foerster LLP April 2008 - February 2009
Associate Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP September 2005 - April 2008


Cornell Law School Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law 2002 - 2005
Barnard College of Columbia University Political Science, International Relations and Affairs 1998 - 2002
Gemological Institute of America-New York 2012 - 2012

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Data Science
  • • Back End Engineering
  • • Front End Engineering
  • • Full Stack Engineering
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Fundraising
  • • Design
  • • Finance
  • • Consumer
  • • E-Commerce
  • • Machine learning
  • • Consumer brands
  • • Product launch
  • • Supply chain
  • • Mobile web
  • • Big data
  • • Big Data Analysis
  • • Big data technologies
  • • Consumer apps
  • • Consumer generated media
  • • Consumer Marketing
  • • Consumer mobile
  • • Digital Strategy
  • • Full stack web technologies
  • • Lifestyle Branding
  • • Luxury
  • • Marketing Communications
  • • Recommendation Engines
  • • Responsive Design
  • • Supply chain management
  • • Technical Recruiting
  • • Technology Architecture
  • • User Interface Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Commerce
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Fashion
  • • Media
  • • Mobile
  • • Payments
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Content
  • • Movies/Film
  • • News
  • • TV
  • • Luxury
  • • consumer goods
  • • retail
  • • e-commerce
  • • social networks

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Fundraising • Monetization • E-Commerce • Angel investing • Jewelry • Product strategy • Business model • Business Development • Consumer psychology • Luxury • Strategy

Key Accomplishments

Not completed yet

How I like to work with people
As an Advisor

I believe in adding meaningful value to the companies I advise and am always honest and available to help. While I advocate hard for the companies and founders I advise I also believe in giving them space to learn on their own.

I tend to be selective in the roles I take on and evaluate them the same way I would an investment decision. I like resourceful founders who have deep industry knowledge and feel compelled to take advantage of an opportunity no one else sees. I'm always interested in high-margin businesses or vertically integrated business models.

To get my attention send me something that is well thought out, show me you have deep industry knowledge and be specific about where you need help. Please make sure you've done independent research before reaching out.

Vouches Received

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Bradley Barnett
They're my friends  •  Owner/Founder, Guild 13. Previously Director, Callison.
Jean is an incredibly resourceful person who doesn't allow herself to fail. Her work ethic is impeccable and is balanced by an inquisitive ... creative nature. Jean always finds a way to solve problems and overcome adversity - it's in the very nature of her childhood. Jean "knows what she doesn't know" and either finds a solution, or the right people to compliment her skills.
Lisa Fetterman
We worked together  •  CEO, Nomiku. Previously CEO, Lower East Kitchen. NYU grad.
She's very straight forward, smart, and kind. Her experience in business is not only in starting up.
Cerentha Chow
They're my advisor  •  Regional On Premise Director, Moet Hennessy Europe. Previously Senior Business Development Manager, Moet Hennessy Diageo China.
While she had a successful career in corporate law, she has followed her ambitions to run her own business that combines her creativity with ... her business sense. She's had experience in angel investing and is currently working on a start up concept with exceptional business potential. She manages to spot opportunities within her industry and is not afraid to pursue these from every angle.
Limei Wang
They're my friends  •  Vice President, Development, Channel Production Films. Previously Director of Marketing, NYC Media Group.
Her combined skill of being extremely creative and high business sense will make her a great entrepreneur.
Chris Noble
They're my friends  •  CEO, Matchfire Co. and CEO, Causemedia Group. Cornell grad.
Jean sees big opportunities clearly and is unafraid to chase them. She also knows what she's good at, and surrounds herself with people who ... complement her strengths and weaknesses.

Chris Noble
CEO, Matchfire Co. and CEO, Causemedia Group. Cornell grad.
Chris has a broad range of experience, is able to get to the root of issues quickly, and has a diverse network of resources that he leverage ... s gracefully. He is a very savvy business person and a strong advisor to have in one's corner.