I’m a Managing Director with Bain Capital Ventures, where I lead the NYC office and focus on financial services companies.  At BCV I’ve invested in Billtrust, Novus and SigFig.  Before this, I co-founded and ran Village Ventures, where I focused on the same sectors and invested in such companies as BlueTarp, Consumer United, Dwolla, iSend, On Deck Capital, Simple, TxVia and Zipmark.  Earlier in my career, I worked at Bain Capital in the private equity group and before that at Bain & Company.

I went to Williams College, graduating in 1994 with a degree in Political Economy.  I was the Captain of the Williams College Rugby Club for my junior and senior year, which as you can imagine consumed nearly all of my spare time.

Outside of work, I’m delighted to spend time with my wife, Jessica, and our three children.  I’m the Chairman of the Board of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, a regional theater associated with Williams College.  I am a Senior Advisor to Endeavor, an organization leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring and accelerating the best high-impact entrepreneurs around the world.  Additionally, I’m obsessed with military history, and some day will write a book connecting the strategy and tactics of insurgency with what I’ve learned about entrepreneurship.


2 responses to About

  1. Hi Matt,

    As a first-timer on your blog, I have to say, hearing your insights with respect to the payments landscape as a whole was very enlightening and thought provoking. I’m actually currently working for a merchant acquirer myself, so I am heavily immersed in the industry, which is transforming before us as we connect, but at a slower pace contrary to popular belief. Anyways, in keeping this short, I just wanted to say I look forward to now following your thoughts periodically.

    P.S. One of my central passion points is technology, with the other being startups.

    Rishi Aggarwal

  2. I love the ice industry example. Back in the time right before, and during the Check-21 conversion in the US & had an ever-evolving slide presentation I gave around the country about how the evolution of the natural ice industry was like check. Frankly I was always more interested in the analogy myself, than the check part. And I often wondered whether the audience was as well.

    Originally I got the idea of using that analogy from a former president of ours here at FRB Cleveland, who was fond of saying (in a derogatory way, alittle) that check was like the ice industry. He was right I think. But he did not know the whole story, which was (naturally) much more interesting than the trivia that natural ice was the largest single employer in the US in the 1870s & had totally disappeared 50 years later. Natural ice was still a big industry in the 1880s, 1890s and persisted into the first couple of decades of the 20th century, getting ever smaller. But it was not replaced by refrigerators, it was replaced by manufactured (& often-ammonia-tinged-tasting) ice from big ice factories all over the US. This is the ice our grandparents or great-grandparents put in their “ice boxes” in the 1920s – 1940s before refrigerators became ubiquitous.

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