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Let Nearwaves help your company plan, innovate, and grow

We are a team of experienced technologists and marketing professionals with an unmatched expert network ready to help your company find value in disparate technologies and set actionable plans to build, market, and sell successful products.

Founder, key exec, and advisor for early-stage and venture-backed startups • Product and alliance management exec at F500 companies including Microsoft, Intel, and United Technologies. 

Ken Pawlak

Strategic Alliances, Product Ideation, Venture Design, Business Development

Carol Pawlak is responsible for communications consultancy at Nearwaves. With more than 25 years of experience in a variety of tech industries, Pawlak is a seasoned professional who developed her craft at large corporations and small agencies. Most recently Pawlak directed Corporate Affairs and Philanthropy for the biotechnology company Amgen in Seattle and San Francisco; and served as chief of staff to Amgen’s San Francisco R&D site head. Specializing in a broad range of corporate affairs disciplines, Pawlak provides sound strategy and project implementation in the areas of internal communications, media relations, community relations and philanthropy. Pawlak is also available for project work such as message development, media training and crisis communications. Pawlak is the former Board Chair for Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda’s Club Seattle); and has served on the board of the California Life Sciences Institute; the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Health Committee and Working Group; and has lectured on Communications and Public Relations at the University of Washington.


Carol Pawlak

Corporate Communications

Dan is a product management leader with a focus on strategy for technology, media and telecom companies. He has a broad range of experience spanning the complete product lifecycle and customer experience: Opportunity Identification, Business Model optimization, Consumer Insight, Product Planning, Innovation Management and Technology Incubation, Value Proposition and Brand Positioning, Product Launches, Pricing and Portfolio Optimization, and Roadmap Planning. Dan also has expertise in using Big Data Analytics and Social Media to help companies understand their brands and products through the lens of organic customer conversations.
Dan Poling

Product Management Expert