The Near-Death Experience that Fueled Omaze’s Matt Pohlson (Interview)

In this episode of the Foundr podcast, Nathan Chan sits down with Matt Pohlson to hear how a near-death experience taught Pohlson a powerful lesson about optimism—and how it changed his perspective on business forever.

Pohlson is cofounder and CEO of Omaze, an online fundraising platform that supports causes by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Some of the mind-blowing experiences they offer include top-tier icons like Michelle Obama or George Clooney, or million-dollar cars and homes.

Omaze has grown revenue by 500% in the past 18 months and was named to Fast Company’s 2020 list of Most Innovative Companies. Even more impressive, Omaze has accomplished all this while giving over $130 million to 350+ charities.

In this refreshingly candid interview, Pohlson discusses his unique business model, gate-crashing charity events to pitch to Bryan Cranston, and how he found himself at the Vatican with the Pope.

Listen to Our Podcast Interview with Matt Pohlson to Learn:

  • How Pohlson’s near-death experience impacted his family and career, and why it became the catalyst for reassessing his life
  • How Pohlson approached talent in the early days of Omaze, including a little party-crashing incident to get to Bryan Cranston
  • The difficult decisions that led Omaze to let go of 25% of the staff, just 3 years after securing Series B funding
  • Why Pohlson thinks entrepreneurs need to speak kindly to themselves
  • Much more…

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