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“Simple can be harder than complex. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean.”

— Steve Jobs

Meet otto Pohl

Founder and CEO of Core Communications

Core Communications is a startup consulting service founded by Otto Pohl. Beginning as a photojournalist documenting Russia and the former Soviet republics for the New York Times, Otto has had a career that spans investigative journalism for newspapers and magazines, business development positions, and head of communications for several startups. He has co-founded four companies with three successful exits. For his journalism, he received a Pew Journalism fellowship, a Fulbright, and a UN Combat Photography Award (for wounds sustained during a coup attempt against Boris Yeltsin, then president of Russia). He has developed and sustains deep contacts in the journalism community.

Otto excels at explaining complex, science-heavy subjects to a broad audience, which he loved doing at the New York Times Science section (here’s an article about the kilogram, and the way humans walk). Or browse his journalism archive.

Core Communications is dedicated to finding the optimal way to position a startup in the marketplace. Once that is finalized, we develop and execute a confident narrative for your company through a comprehensive communications and PR strategy.

Otto holds a BA from Cornell University and a Master’s from the GSB at Stanford. He teaches Entrepreneurial Communications at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.