Johannes Larcher is an entrepreneur and company builder whose career has spanned a wide spectrum of industries, company sizes, business models, and geographies. He was part of the team that invented paid search at GoTo.com (later: Overture Services, now: Yahoo! Search), where he grew the international business from business plan to more than $300 million in ad sales; served as CEO of Academy123, an online education company acquired by Discovery Communications; and co-founded a social gaming company called Pikum!. Most recently, Johannes served as SVP, International at Hulu, the U.S. online video leader owned by Disney, Fox and NBC. As the key executive in charge of all activities outside the U.S., he launched and ran Hulu’s subscription service in Japan and led business and corporate development initiatives with broadcasters, production companies, device partners, and mobile carriers in markets across the globe. Additional career experience includes time in management consulting (McKinsey & Co.) and executive search (Korn Ferry Futurestep).
Johannes is passionate about the pursuit of better ways through technology, and believes in the power of strong entrepreneurial cultures to create exceptional companies that delight their customers. In his role as a Partner at Capital Factory, he is an active angel investor and startup advisor with a wide range of interests.
Johannes grew up in Austria and obtained his MBA at UPenn / Wharton. He lives in Austin, Texas.