NEPG Leadership

Robert Otto

Founder, Managing Principal,

& Chief Product Officer

Robert began his career in engineering and transitioned to product management, which he has been practicing for over 25 years. His product experience spans a breadth of technologies and markets and in companies, from startups with tens of people to established companies with tens of thousands of employees. For the past 12 years, Robert has provided product management and strategy consulting services. He is effective under pressure and an excellent partner to C-suite executives.

Robert has also been an advisor to numerous startups and growth-stage companies, including being an early advisor to DraftKings which currently has a valuation of more than $20 billion. As an advisor, Robert strives to be an excellent partner, providing opinions, guidance, counsel, and practical advice, as well as serving as an external unbiased sounding board.

Robert's products have included hardware, software, and service-based offerings with technologies ranging from networking, semiconductor, wireless, mobile, security, and consumer electronics. He has worked with B2B, B2C, B2B2C, and OEM products selling to various markets and industries globally from enterprise customers to direct to consumer, government, and defense to SMBs, financial institutions, critical infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, industrial automation, and IoT. Several of Robert's products have won industry awards and recognition for design and innovation. A number of them have been disruptive and introduced new product categories. Robert has managed product portfolios in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Robert focuses on providing value to customers through solving their challenges or enabling them with new capabilities and the customer experience throughout their journey from discovery to purchase, installation, and use. He employs a data-driven, iterative approach to creating, launching, and enhancing exceptional product portfolios that drive business growth. Robert am passionate about building skillful and effective product management and design teams that can deliver great products, and accelerate time to market and revenue. 

Robert has experience in waterfall, agile and hybrid environments and has taken products through their entire life cycle from market research and ideation, through business case, development, business model definition, launch, go to market, sustaining, and end of life. That has included building out the longer-term strategy and roadmap in addition to managing more tactical-driven near-term priorities. Robert has also taken existing product portfolios, repositioned them, and built out capabilities. He has also done several successful turnarounds of product portfolios.


Robert has been the sole product person in a startup, established and built up the product management function at several companies, and worked with cross-functional teams across companies and continents.

Robert believes that the right frameworks, processes, tools, and mindset lay the foundation to enable teams to innovate and create great products in a reproducible manner. With that in mind, a big part of his focus is the team itself - making sure that the tools, processes, and procedures are aligned to enable the team to perform at a high level and to establish a culture of continuous improvement.  Robert's goal is to create an environment that fosters the delivery of great products. That extends beyond the product management team, to include the other cross-functional teams with which the product group interacts, both internally and externally.

Robert has had the privilege of working with some truly exceptional individuals, teams, and partners, to envision, plan, and bring to market innovative new products that created significant value for customers and shareholders, delivering multimillion-dollar revenue growth and leading to multiple successful 9-figure exits.