OMAZE’s Matthew Pohlson On His Near Death Experience And Disrupting Charity

If you are looking to be inspired by how a change of mindset can unlock joy and success in the entrepreneur journey, listen to this episode. Matthew Pohlson, Co-founder and CEO of Omaze joins me for an in-depth conversation about how his for-profit model is disrupting the non-profit space, the personal reasons behind his work, and a near death experience that forever changed his life, and his company.

Matthew Pohlson

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 in support of nonprofits around the world. Omaze has raised over $120 million for charities by making it fun and easy for people to give back. Omaze’s fundraising and awareness campaigns bring together influencers, nonprofits, and donors around the world to create real, lasting impact. Matt holds an MBA from the Wharton School and a BA in economics and political science from Stanford University. Prior to launching Omaze, Matt worked as an executive producer for A Decade of Difference concert series, and at McKinsey & Company.

Simon Mainwaring

Simon Mainwaring is a brand futurist, global keynote speaker, and bestselling author. He is best known as the author of We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World and the Founder and CEO of We First, a strategic consultancy that works with brands to define their business strategy, company culture, and brand communications.


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Omaze Website

Matthew Pohlson’s, LinkedIn

We First Website