ABOUT PETER

Peter von Irle is the Managing Director and Global Head of Capital Strategy at Copper Irle Ventures, where he founded and heads the Emerging Market Partner Program alongside the Global Investments Initiative. 

In this capacity, Peter is charged with selecting both established and new business ventures for the firm to partner with, and provide financing, business consulting, tax and structural advice, and capital strategy resources, in addition to sitting on Boards of Directors.

An experienced international tax professional and commercial transactions attorney, prior to founding Copper Irle Ventures, Peter was an Investment Partner at Seraph VC, where he traveled the globe helping to reorganize the firm’s distribution platform globally. He also helped lead successful fund-raising and investments into over 50 seed, A-round, and follow-on investments while developing deep relationships with investment clients, along with successfully restructuring multiple portfolio companies.

ENTREPRENEURIAL BACKGROUND

Early on in his entrepreneurial career Peter was the CEO and Co-Founder at Your Mom Tans LLC, working on transactional matters in the retail franchise, corporate governance, private equity and international structuring fields.

Started with one location and built a chain with 31 corp stores and 74 franchised locations. Also oversaw the overall expansion effort, was GC for growth, and created a leasing company providing financing and equipment leasing back to franchisees. 

Before that, Peter was Founder and CEO of Oboki Si, LLC, a cross-border money exchange and stored-value platform that was a predecessor to many of today’s cryptocurrencies.

Peter has also worked in the Washington State Senate as a Chief of Staff.

He holds a JD from Washington & Lee University, with a focus of study in International Taxation, and a dual BA in History and International Political Economy, Salutatorian | Summa Cum Laude, from Whitworth University.

  • Deep experience Global Structuring | International Tax
  • Public speaker and guest lecturer at various VC events w/international tax and structuring focus

EARLY YEARS

Peter has always been a bit of a maverick. His formative years were spent home-schooled off-grid by bohemian parents who ran an NGO, being challenged to “question everything,” traveling the globe and learning about history by actually studying at the museums where artifacts and art are housed, and at sites where ancient events occurred. 

He moved to America on his own at 14 so he could “play American sports.” He found himself constantly in leadership positions, though he muses, “at the time I wasn’t quite sure why.” After a successful undergraduate career playing American football, he moved into a role coaching the university’s football team throughout all three years of law school. 

His foray into entrepreneurship started upon moving to America, selling door-to-door as a teen. “It’s an experience I wouldn’t trade for the world,” he’s often said, “as it builds such confidence and people-reading skills into you, while eliminating that lizard-brain fear of rejection.” 

By the time he received his Juris Doctorate, he’d already started two successful businesses, and had seized upon the joys of determining one’s own destiny “by speaking to the underlying motivation that each consumer uniquely holds – why each potential purchaser is driven to react in certain ways to specific stimuli.” 

EDUCATION & POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT

Peter graduated Salutatorian and summa cum laude with a double-major in History and International Political Economy, and a double-minor in Psychology and Philosophy from Whitworth University, where he was nominated as both a Fulbright Scholar and a Rhodes Scholar.

He then spent a year in Washington working in the Senate, and was actively involved as a political campaign adviser to George Nethercutt, focusing on the Under-25 constituency, in the first successful attempt to unseat a sitting US Speaker of the House since 1862.

He holds a JD from Washington & Lee University, with a focus of study in International Taxation, and a dual BA in History and International Political Economy, Salutatorian | Summa Cum Laude, from Whitworth University.

  • Deep experience Global Structuring | International Tax
  • Public speaker and guest lecturer at various VC events w/international tax and structuring focus

BUILDING BUSINESSES

Following graduation, Peter immediately entered the start-up world, and over the next seven years, as founder and CEO, through strategic reinvestment of organic capital, aggressive supply-chain arrangements, and innovative marketing strategies initially learned on the campaign trail, he built one retail location into a chain of over 70 franchised specialty stores, with nearly 65% market share in his primary market. 

After exiting with a 4.2X multiple on revenue, he has since served as an activist investor on several boards of directors, in addition to working as a brand development consultant in the water and energy drink sector for the regional rollout of what is now one of the Big Three energy drinks.

His prepping blogs have been featured on a number of libertarian websites.  He remains active entrepreneurially, and is in the final stages of launching a new product line in the Health & Wellness sector.

PERSONAL INTERESTS

As both an adrenaline and health junkie, and as one of the world’s foremost riverboarders, Peter has traveled the world in search of extreme whitewater and superfoods, consulting for and being featured in newspapers, magazines, television specials and major motion pictures.

He has been to nearly 70 countries, and says he loves the grit of the Frontier for the opportunities it affords those with an appetite for risk and a vision for the future.

He is passionate about health, extreme sports, anti-aging, and the ongoing quest for learning. He is intrigued by quantum physics and the ‘persuasive illusion of reality’.

He dislikes “being ignorant and sucking at things,” while his hobbies include riverboarding, collecting modern art, out-of-bounds snow skiing, classical piano, and prepping.

As both a foodie and a prepper, he splits his time between an urban home in Asia and a ranch in North America.

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