Hans Koch is currently the Chairman & CEO of New Gadget, Inc. He also served as an independent advisor/executive to companies specializing in large market opportunities in eCommerce, technology, media, entertainment, retail, life science, and iconic real estate projects.
Mr. Koch was the Managing Director at Webcor Development Advisors (WDA), a firm affiliated with Webcor Builders in California. Created in 2009, WDA was a consultant to major developers, property owners, lenders, and equity investors on projects throughout the country. In his 3 years heading WDA, he developed a portfolio of investments and active developments valued at over $4 Billion. Koch has worked with national and local teams of developers, REITs, architects, retailers, institutional equity partners and hotel flags.
Prior to joining WDA, Mr. Koch co-founded K2K Development, a real estate development company based in San Francisco, with over $50 Million in award-winning historic renovations and re-imaginations. Among the firm’s signature projects is an award-winning residential/retail rehabilitation of an historic building in the shadows of the Transamerica building and featured in the movie Vertigo.
In 2002, Mr. Koch co-founded Hark! Films. Hark provided strategic direction for successful independent filmmakers with projects ranging from small budget, historical documentaries to full-length, big budget, feature films. Among the films produced by Hark and its partners are two award-winning documentaries, About Face: The Story of Jewish Refugee Soldiers of WWII and Freedom’s Fury.
As Chairman and CEO of Owners.com from 1995-2000, Mr. Koch directed the corporate strategy, marketing, recruiting, and public relations for the venture-backed company, elevating the Owners.com brand as an industry leader. He sold the company, effective January 2001. With its Schwab-like model, media and industry analysts recognized Owners.com as one of the most innovative (and disruptive) real estate companies on or off the Internet. The company’s awards during Koch’s leadership include being cited as one of the “Top 50 Financial Sites” by Money Magazine, and among the “Best of the Web” by U.S. News and World Report.
Mr. Koch has bridged the traditional and new economy arenas in a variety of industries throughout his career. He has been consulted by small to midsize companies and organizations across several industries looking to achieve valuation growth through efficiencies and new product development. Leading investors such as AOL/Time Warner Investments, Oak Hill Venture Partners, and Discover Financial, Starwood Hotels and Principal Global Investors have backed Koch’s various ventures.
Mr. Koch has spoken as a featured lecturer at the Haas School of Business, InternetWorld, Seybold/SF, and various symposia. Mr. Koch has also been highlighted on various broadcast services including MSNBC and NPR's “Morning Edition,” as well as over 250 print publications including the Detroit Free Press, San Francisco Chronicle, Business 2.0, Business Week, and The Wall Street Journal.