I've spent the balance of my professional life in the entrepreneurial, small company trenches, but stints in large company environments have helped frame my communication and problem-solving approaches. More to come.
Specialties: Product strategery, thoughtful customer experience design, and rapid prototyping on a shoestring budget.
Joined as co-founder of this first spin-out from Madrona Venture Labs. Our mission: tap the world’s potential brainpower. We are building a mobile-first platform to provide Training Data as a Service™ to computer vision and natural language artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
A fundraising and talent platform for startups, a startup discovery engine for investors. I helped design several aspects of the investor education experience, created some mobile prototypes, operated and closed syndicate deals, and spoke my piece on the Drain of Truth.
Helped design the next gen of BigDoor's loyalty platform for partners like mlb.com, TeenNick, Dell, BigBrother Sweden and the super-fine City of Austin, Texas.
Staff User Experience DesignerJun 2007 - Feb 2011
I assumed the role of user experience designer within Google, spearheading various efforts to incorporate the key parts of FeedBurner into the overall publisher product mix. I also worked on all of the major advertising tools for publishers (AdSense and Google DFP), Google Apps Enterprise Marketplace, +1, and video and voice chat tools.
Co-Founder and Chief Design OfficerFeb 2004 - May 2007
from my FeedBurner "About" Page entry:
(Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer) Credited as the original "voice of FeedBurner," Matt also maintains an unwavering devotion to the FeedBurner fan club. If publishers and advertisers want it, his team brandishes the t-squares and slide rules required to make it happen.
Burning Door LLC
PrincipalNov 1998 - May 2004
Burning Door was myself and three other colleagues who've created, nurtured (and in some cases, survived) various Internet startups in Chicago. We did webapp design and architecture consulting as BD in between our startup drives.
Co-FounderNov 1998 - Jul 2003
Spyonit was a web service offering a catalog of alerts to the general public, covering everything from eBay auctions to breaking business and news headlines to a “Vanity Spy,” which could tell you when your name appeared anew at the major search engines. Named one of the "Top 50 Most Useful Sites" on the web by Yahoo! Magazine, July 2000 and acquiring a base of over 100,000 users, Spyonit was acquired by 724 Solutions in September 2000.
As one of four founding Spyonit partners, I was responsible for:
• Conceiving and implementing the site’s interaction and visual design • Communicating with end users daily to seek improvement feedback for every aspect of the service • Collaborating with customers and Spyonit enthusiasts to define web-based tools to extend Spyonit’s alerting capabilities
My efforts directly contributed to our acquisition and realized bankable ROI for our angel investor corps in less than one year.
Andersen Consulting (Accenture)
Usability Specialist1993 - 1994
Brought what I learned about usability at Microsoft to a new team within Andersen that was attempting radically rethink how the firm built its solutions from a much more modular and reusable process and architecture. This rethink included much more focus on user experience; the best part was that I met my co-founders for three startups to follow among the like minds there.
Usability Specialist InternMay 1993 - Aug 1993
Ran usability evaluations (and learned my way around a corporate usability lab, video editing, and concise, daresay "punchy" report writing) on very early Windows 95 prototypes and on the PageMaker-for-everyone-else of its time, Publisher 2.0. Cultivated an obsession for white cheese pizza and Talking Rain.
University of Washington
Human Centered Design & Engineering, M.S.1994 - 1996
Activities: Society for Technical Communication, Research Assistant
English, Economics, B.A.1988 - 1993
Activities: Phi Kappa Theta, Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key National Honor Society, Krannert School of Management Internship Program, Computer Science Teaching Assistant (CS110), School of Liberal Arts Dean's Freshman Scholar