Matt Pohlson is the co-founder and CEO of Omaze, the online fundraising platform that offers people the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences while supporting nonprofits worldwide. Since founding in 2012, the company has raised more than $130 million for more than 350 charities and was recently named one of "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" by Fast Company magazine.Matt joins us to discuss his origin story, Omaze's founding and big break, and the profound impact a near-death experience had on his philosophy—leading Matt to his deepen commitments to work, renew his relationship with himself, and double down on his belief that Optimism is a superpower.Whether you want a double date with George and Amal Clooney in Lake Como or you're looking to win a rare luxury automobile, own a multi-million dollar new home, or have your student debt paid off, Omaze provides a democratized system giving anyone the chance to win their dream prize while raising much-needed funds for nonprofits spanning the globe.Pohlson graduated from Stanford University and received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. He currently resides in Los Angeles. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ep. 158 How I Raised It with Matt Pohlson of Omaze
How I Raised It - The podcast where we interview startup founders who raised capital.
Produced by Foundersuite.com, "How I Raised It" goes behind the scenes with startup founders who have raised capital. This episode is with Matt Pohlson of Omaze.com, an online fundraising platform that offers once-in-a-lifetime experiences and prizes to support charities around the world.In this episode, Matt talks about his business which has run non-profit fundraising campaigns with celebrities including Daniel Craig, Kristen Bell, Matt Damon and Pope Francis, his near-death experience of flat-lining for 4.5 minutes and how that changed his perspective, his focus on story telling when fundraising, and much more. The company recently raised a $30M Series B round led by FirstMark Capital. Additional investors include Causeway Media Partners, BDMI, Tusk Ventures, Inherent Group, Gaingels, Penni Thow’s Copper and Guy Oseary.This series is produced by Foundersuite, makers of software to raise capital and manage investor relations. Foundersuite's customers have raised over $2.2 Billion since 2016.Create a free account at www.foundersuite.com
Matthew Pohlson is founder of Omaze, a cause marketplace that raises money and awareness for charity, offering chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Pohlson and his partner hatched the idea after losing out on a chance to shoot hoops with Magic Johnson at a charity auction. Omaze, a for-profit fundraising juggernaut, has raised over $150 million for charity by selling chances at wildest-dream experiences like going on a double date on Lake Como with Amal and George Clooney. Join us as Matthew tells us how, down to his last week of funds for this “Big idea” he convinced Breaking Bad’s Brian Cranston, to take a chance on the start-up— putting it on course to become the go-to charity partner to the worlds most popular philanthropists .
Jennifer Lawrence, Bono, The Pope and . . . Matt Pohlson
Big Questions with Cal Fussman
That’s right, Matt Pohlson. Cal sits with the founder of Omaze, a company that has helped raise $130 million for roughly 350 charities through donations made by people looking for a chance to win once in a lifetime experiences with the people they dream of meeting. Drink wine with Jennifer Lawrence. Get in a tank with Arnold Schwarzenegger and go crush things. Go on a double date with George and Amal Clooney. These events can lead to extraordinary stories. When Matt tells them they get better and better . . . and then Matt describes what it was like when he flatlined for four minutes, and came back from the edge of death, and how it changed his life. By the end, you’ll see why this is one of Cal’s favorite episodes.
Matt Pohlson, Co-Founder and CEO of Omaze, on Democratizing Charity Auctions
Dollars and Change Podcast
Matt Pohlson, Co-Founder and CEO of Omaze, joins hosts Nick Ashburn and Sandi Hunt to discuss how Omaze offers everyone the chance to win a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” when they donate to charities via the online platform. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
3. Matt Pohlson flat-lined and had a near death experience that forever changed him
All The Wiser
Matt is the co-founder and CEO of Omaze. His company has raised over 130 million dollars for charities by auctioning off once in a lifetime experiences — think a walk-on role in Star Wars or being George Clooney’s date on the Red Carpet! He opens up about what changed everything for him: a near death experience that left him flatlining and in a coma. Matt shares how his mom saved his life, his experience on “the other side” and how he views his relationships and company in an entirely new light. In honor of Matt's story we are donating $2000 to Folds of Honor. IN TODAY’S EPISODE Signs that something was wrong (6:50) Flatlining for 5 minutes and his experience on “the other side” (11:33) The machine and doctors that saved his life (21:43) How his mom’s presence and strength as witnessed her son flatline (27:33) Matt finally has a 2nd date with his now girlfriend in his hospital room (33:09) WISE WORDS They didn't know her son. It was this very spiritual experience for her. She said it was like ... and it just gave her this strength, and so she gathered herself, and she turned back to the table, and she started coaching me. Coaching me back. She said, "Matthew David Pohlson, these people are fighting to save your life. They are fighting so hard to save your life, but you're not fighting hard enough. You gotta fight, Matthew David Pohlson! You gotta show them that you're a fighter! You gotta fight to come back! These people are fighting to save your life." (11:09) And I remember just fighting and fighting and fighting, and just like, it felt like an infinitely long journey. Then I remember the moment of just like, bursting back into the world, and feeling that feeling of ... oh, my gosh, the journey. I'm here. I'm back. And looking at my mom, and looking at my dad, and then, there's just like, this moment of pure joy. Where I felt connected to everything in the world, all at once. (15:06) I mean, I was gone. All the doctors were saying, I was gone. I was out of that body. Because they said, it's very uncommon, or not very uncommon ... they've never seen someone flatline, and then, open up their eyes, and lift their hand and give a thumbs up. (15:49) "But do you remember what you wrote?" I said, "No." He said, "You wrote, the first thing you wrote was, 'Tell my mom that I fought so hard." (29:57) "Look, before you leave, I want you to understand something. When I finish my career, 30 years from now, and I'm talking about the most extraordinary case I've ever seen, this is gonna be it.” (33:55) I would say everything you want is on the other side of fear. We create these fears so often for our self, that get in the way of so much that we want to do, or people we want to love, or ... but know that, and when you overcome that fear, just know that the love you put out can change people's lives in ways that you may never be able to see, but it matters. (44:10) LINKS HTTPS://WWW.OMAZE.COM HTTPS://WWW.FOLDSOFHONOR.ORG/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
John, Katie, and Cousin Bill are joined by Co-founder of Omaze, Matt Pohlson. Matt shares an inspiring story about working with Bono, and wild tale of how a last ditch effort with Bryan Cranston saved his company. The show closes with a jaw-dropping story from Matt's personal journey that leaves the team so speechless they have to skip their weekly game. Keep your tissues close, Tearjerker alert.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/givemthebiz/message
Getting rid of your safety net (feat. Matt Pohlson)
When to Jump
Matt Pohlson, co-founder and co-CEO of Omaze, desperately wanted to have dinner with Magic Johnson. He also wanted to save the world. How did his jump accomplish both?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
What if donating to charity meant that you could win the experience of your dreams; like flying around the world to party with your favorite band, a role in a blockbuster movie, or having lunch 1-on-1 with your idol? Would you be more inclined to give to a good cause and would charities raise more money? Matt Pohlson (@mattpohlson) set out to find answers to those questions when he co-founded Omaze.com, an online platform offering donors the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences when they contribute to a charity. After five years, hundreds of campaigns, and millions of dollars raised, the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” I caught up with Matt today and got to hear what the past 5 years have been like and more. We talk about his transition from politics, to Hollywood and then entrepreneurship. We discuss the power of storytelling and the role it’s played throughout Matt’s life. Matt shares his thoughts on when to persevere and when to quit and gives us a look into the sacrifices required when becoming a founder. It’s a solid reality check for anyone considering entrepreneurship. In parting, I ask Matt about his hopes for the future to which he responded beautifully, “That I continue to live without fear and to love…and when it’s all said and done, I can look back and say that I used my gifts to the greatest degree possible.”
Ep 22: Matt Pohlson from Omaze on New School Philanthropy
The Good Journey Pod
On the pod I’m joined by Matt Pohlson from Omaze. Omaze connects causes, personalities, and everyday world changers through democratized charitable auctions to raise funds and awareness for charities working tirelessly to change people’s lives. Matt is a co-founder of Omaze with a background in event production and storytelling and in this episode he shares a bit about how Omaze got started, the importance of investing in people and culture, and the value of incentivizing giving to make a bigger impact in the world. Enjoy!Learn more about Omaze at https://www.omaze.com/