Email
Phone
(604) 401-2808

I've been building websites and businesses since I was 14! I had my first tiny startup exit at 16 (a small blog called Games & Gadgets). I've created and run multiple startups and side projects ever since in Website Hosting, Minecraft Server Hosting, Advertising, Mobile Applications, Virtual Reality, and a variety of SaaS platforms! Formal education at Vancouver Island University in Business Administration and a self taught programmer in a variety of languages and frameworks, both frontend and backend. I love building new projects from scratch and owning the whole process, from scoping out tasks to the production deploy.

SpringboardVR 2017-05-01 —

Chief Technology Officer

Managed and grew a fully remote team building out a complex web application for managing location based VR facilities. Developed a platform that included a GraphQL API, multiple VueJS single page applications, a desktop Windows background service, and a Unity based game launcher.

Highlights
  • Oversaw rebuild of the frontend applications from AngularJS to VueJS.
  • Managed and developed a new online booking system.
  • Developed a GraphQL API to replace the existing REST API.

CoInvestor 2016-11-15 — 2017-05-01

Contract Full Stack Developer

Worked with a remote UK team on a Laravel 5 API with an AngularJS frontend.

Highlights
  • Oversaw upgrades of a large existing code base to Laravel 5.3.
  • Helped build out new Fund investing section of the platform.

Self Employed 2016-03-01 — 2016-11-15

Freelance Full Stack Developer

Performing full stack web application development for a variety of clients.

Highlights
  • Built the automated ad management platform FissionAds with Laravel and AngularJS.
  • Rebuilt the Impact Soundworks eCommerce platform on WooCommerce.
  • Worked with Skyrocket on a variety of client projects including Laravel, AngularJS, AngularJS 2, VueJS, and Craft projects.
  • Helped design and implement a custom Laravel CMS called BentoBox with Skyrocket.
  • Built out a complicated reporting interface for a nap pod company in AngularJS 2.
  • Built a variety of freelance projects on Laravel Spark and Ionic 2.

GeckoLabs 2015-09-01 — 2016-03-01

Full Stack Developer

Worked as a Full Stack developer in both Laravel and AngularJS for GeckoLabs working on their SaaS platform.

Highlights
  • Assisted with the backend and frontend development on a full product redesign.
  • Worked remotely with a team that had an eight hour time change.

CloseFox 2014-12-01 — 2015-08-31

Chief Technology Officer

CloseFox was created for sales teams that need more information about their target prospects. Our cloud based solution delivers document analytics that empower sales teams to follow up with the right prospects at the right time with the right message. Our features include multi-format document upload, targeted link creation, engagement analytics, heat mapping, document effectiveness, and prospect grading. Unlike Fileboard or Introhive or Docsend, CloseFox is made to take the guess work out of closing deals by delivering relevant prospect data to sales teams.

Highlights
  • Fully custom build using AngularJS and Laravel utilizing a full Amazon stack in the backend, for everything from Elastic Beanstalk to CloudFront.
  • Built and put in place fully automated build and deploy setups using Jenkins, GitHub, and Amazon AWS.

Random Shapes 2011-03-15 — 2014-12-01

Project Manager and Full Stack Developer

A boutique freelance development and design firm founded between myself and two other partners. Offered a wide variety of services and helped clients all over the world.

Highlights
  • Built three full web startups from scratch on Laravel and AngularJS.
  • Managed a team of 3 in-house programmers as well as multiple outside contractors.

Tree Puncher 2010-10-15 — 2014-01-15

Founder

Tree Puncher provided Minecraft Server hosting across the world, with services offered in Europe, Australia, United States, and Canada. It was a pioneering service that offered a larger variety of 'Modable' services than any of it's competitors.

Highlights
  • Tree Puncher was one of the first Minecraft server hosts and at my exit it was the largest Canadian Minecraft Server Host.
  • Managed a team of 6 people across technical support, server deployment, and community relations.
  • Sold in 2014 to LocalNet

Kerplunc Hosting 2007-09-01 — 2011-03-01

Co-Founder

Kerplunc Hosting provided a variety of website hosting services, from shared hosting packages to virtual private servers. It was a pioneer in the early days of virtual private servers and offered services in the United States and Europe.

Highlights
  • Sold in 2011 to another web hosting company

Vancouver Island University 2009-09-01 — 2013-04-01

Business Administration
Diploma
Courses
  • CSCI 115 - Web Page Techniques
  • MGMT 230 - Introduction to E-Management
  • MARK 430 - On-Line Marketing
  • MGMT 381 - Entre/Intrapreneurship
  • MEDI 265 - Game Theory & Analysis
Frontend Development
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript
  • AngularJS 1 + 2
  • VueJS
  • Bootstrap
Systems Operations
  • Linux (RHEL and Debian based)
  • Apache
  • Nginx
  • Amazon AWS
  • Kubernetes
  • Docker
Backend Development
  • PHP
  • Laravel
Other Skills
  • Cordova/PhoneGap
  • Ionic
  • Electron
  • Git

Matt has complimentary business and development skills. He does more than just code software. He is integral in the company strategy and daily decision making. His previous success exiting companies demonstrates his product management skills and business acumen.

— Alex Mason

His strength is his ability to connect product to business needs---an invaluable skill set for a CTO. Our team learns so much from his ability to envision the product with such foresight and thoughtfulness. Truly a pleasure to work with.

— Pindie Dhaliwal