This is an up-to-date resume of my employment history, academic credentials, and technical skills. Please note that I am not presently seeking employment.
Founder, Startup Sioux Falls March ’19 to Present
Startup Sioux Falls is a digital hub that connects entrepreneurs to the startup ecosystem and startup community in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota metro. It is a one-stop-shop to learn about resources available to entrepreneurs and small business owners, to find education and networking events relevant to business owners and to read the latest news about startups in Sioux Falls and the startup ecosystem in Sioux Falls. The Startup Sioux Falls Facebook community has approximately 6,000 members and is used by participants to get feedback about business ideas, to discuss business strategy and to find employees and business partners. Startup Sioux Falls co-hosts Sioux Falls’ annual Innovation Expo conference and hosts periodic “Startup Socials.”
Chairman, Falls Angel Fund April ’16 to March ’19
Falls Angel Fund is a community-based angel investment fund that raised $2.35 million to invest in early-stage, high-growth companies in South Dakota and surrounding states. Its portfolio includes Montessorium, Myriad Mobile, Equinox, Learn Create Build, Five Friends Food, Prairie Aquatech (through FAF Aquatech Investors, LLC), WalkWise, Hutchinson Car Audio, Oska Wellness, Nanopareil, and Query.AI. As of 2019, Falls Angel Fund has fully invested its capital and is no longer seeking new investments.
Partner, GoGo Photo Contest. July ’13 to Present
GoGo Photo Contest (SJM Fundraising, LLC) provides web-based fundraising software for animal welfare groups. Through its donate-to-vote photo-contest fundraising software, the company has helped animal shelters and humane societies raise more than $10 million since it launched in October 2013. I co-developed the GoGo Photo Contest software platform with Jason and Stevie Shea and currently manage the company’s financials and marketing efforts.
Founder, MarketBeat. November ’10 to Present
MarketBeat is a digital publishing company that empowers retail investors to make better trading decisions by providing real-time financial information and objective market research. The company publishes a daily investment newsletter to more than 1.1 million subscribers and operates a network of financial news websites including American Banking and Market News and Ticker Report which garner more than 8 million page views each month.
Partner, USGolfTV August ’14 to September ’17
USGolfTV (T Interactive, LLC) produces a regionally-syndicated television show available in 12 million homes and 25 states. The company regularly publishes new content on its web portal, USGolfTV.com, and has produced a variety of video training courses designed to help golfers improve their game. I provided leadership to the company in the areas of marketing, operations and product development.
Adjunct Instructor, Dakota State University August ’08 – August ’13
Dakota State University is a public university located governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. As an adjunct instructor, I developed curriculum for and instructed client-side and server-side website development courses, including CIS-275: Web Programming 1 and CIS-375: Web Programming 2.
Senior Web Developer, Factor 360, Inc. February, ‘08 – November, ’12
Factor360 is website design and development firm based out of Pierre, South Dakota. While at Factor360, I developed a multi-site content management system called 360WebCMS (www.360webcms.com) that powers approximately 200 websites. I also managed a wide variety of web projects and developed custom ASP.NET web applications.
American Consumer News – December ’06 to November ’10
American Consumer News was a network of personal finance websites including American Consumer News.com, Fine-Tuned Finances.com, Discover Debt Freedom.com and Savings Toolbox.com. At its peak, the network had a team of 7 writers and garnered more than 400,000 page views per month.
Content Management Systems: Drupal, WordPress
APIs: Amazon SES, Facebook, PayPal, SendGrid, MailGun, Stripe, Twitter, Twilio, Zapier, Cloudflare
Marketing: Content Marketing, Conversion Optimization, Email Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Display Ad Optimization, Web Push Notifications
Server Administration: Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL Server, Windows Server, WHM/cPanel
Other: Business Process Automation, Managerial Finance, Project Management, Technical Writing
Academic Credentials and Honors
Sioux Falls Seminary Jan ’10 – May ’13
* Master of Arts in Christian Leadership
* Specialization in Leadership Studies
* 3.9 GPA
Dakota State University May ’08 to Aug ‘09
* Master of Science in Information Systems
* Specialization in E-Commerce
* 4.0 GPA
Dakota State University August ’04 to May ‘08
* Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
* Minors in Applied Mathematics and Electronic Commerce
* Member of the Kappa Sigma Iota Honor Society
* Member of the Center of Excellence in Information Systems
* NSF/DSU Math and Computer Science Technology Scholar
* DSU Champion Scholar
* President’s Academic Honors List (seven semesters)
* Received “Campus Student Leader” award
* Graduated Cum Laude (3.6 GPA)
Mitchell High School August ’00 to May ‘04
* High-School Diploma
* South Dakota Board of Regents Scholar
* National Forensics League Superior Distinction
Professional & Community Leadership
Eide Bailly September ’18 – August ’19
Advisory Board Member
Downtown Rotary June ’18 – Present
Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship December ’17 – Present
1 Million Cups of Sioux Falls October ’16 – Present
Faith Baptist Fellowship May ’16 – Present
Member, Stepping Forward Campaign Co-Chair, Financial Review Team Member, Website Designer, Usher, Announcements Giver, Life Group Participant.
March of Dimes, South Dakota Chapter October ’15 – October ’17
Sioux Falls Seminary April ’15 – Present
Trustee Board Member
Kiwanis International April ’13 – September ’16
Central Baptist Church July ’09 – May ’16
Website Design (2010 – May ’16)
FPU Coordinator (September 2009 – April 2015)
Trustee Board (March 2011 – August 2015)
Mission Board (January 2010 – June 2011)
Awards and Recognition
Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network – 4 Under 40 Award (Aug 2019)
The Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network (YPN) “4 Under 40 Award” is an award that recognizes individuals under forty years of age “who have displayed demonstrable impact in their business and community.” Matt was selected as one of four recipients of the award during its inaugural year at the 2019 YPN Crossroads Summit.
Inc. 5000 (2019) – Rank #2462 (Aug. 2019)
MarketBeat was recognized as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States by Inc. in its 2019 Inc. 5000 rankings. MarketBeat earned an overall rank of #2462 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list.
Fit Small Business – Top Small Business Influencer of 2019 (May 2019)
Matt was recognized as a top small business influencer of 2019 by Fit Small Business for his “outstanding credentials, expertise, and industry skills as well as his impressive number of social media followers.”
Global Gurus – Top 30 Startup Guru of 2019 (Mar. 2019)
Matt was recognized as one of the “world’s top 30 startup gurus for 2019” by GlobalGurus.org. Global Gurus selects its winners by identifying “remarkable leaders who make an impact through their speaking, training materials, books, and other media.”
Hey Sioux Falls – Investor of the Year (Sep. 2018)
Falls Angel Fund was named “Investor of the Year” by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurship and 1 Million Cups at the inaugural Hey Sioux Falls awards for helping “grow the local economy by investing in small businesses and startups in the Sioux Falls area.”
Inc. 5000 (2018) – Rank #2761 (Aug. 2018)
MarketBeat was recognized as one of the fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the United States by Inc. in its 2018 Inc. 5000 rankings. MarketBeat earned an overall rank of #2761 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list.
American Association of Individual Investors – Best of the Web Award (Dec. 2017)
MarketBeat received a “Best of the Web” award in 2015, 2016 and 2017 from the American Association of Individual Investors’ Computerized Investing publication for “its simplicity” and “its straightforward approach to providing investors with daily ratings moves.”
The Enterprise Institute – Spirit of Enterprise Award (Oct. 2017)
The Spirit of Enterprise is an award given annually by the Enterprise Institute at South Dakota Innovation Expo to an individual in recognition of personal commitment, dedication and achievement in entrepreneurship. Matt was the 2017 recipient of the Spirit of Enterprise award.
Inc. 5000 (2017) – Rank #1620 (Aug. 2017)
MarketBeat was recognized as the fourth fastest-growing privately-held company in South Dakota by Inc. in its 2017 Inc. 5000 rankings. MarketBeat earned an overall rank of #1620 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list.
The American Small Business Awards – Executive of the Year – Internet/New Media (May 2017)
Matt was recognized as the executive of the year in the Internet and new media category of the annual American Small Business Awards (“The Stevies”).
Inc. 5000 (2016) – Rank #529 (Aug. 2016)
MarketBeat was recognized as the fastest-growing privately-held company in South Dakota by Inc. in its annual Inc. 5000 rankings. MarketBeat earned an overall rank of #529 on the Inc. 5000 list in 2016.
Campus Student Leader Award (May 2008)
Matt was one of three students that received a campus student leader award during his graduating year of college, which are given to students that “exemplify the highest degree of skills in management, communications, personal relations, vital involvement, and university accomplishments.”
The Capitalism Conference: 2015, 2016 (speaker), 2017, 2019
DynamiteCircle Austin: 2014
Global Leadership Summit: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Financial Marketing Summit 2018, 2019
Microconf: 2015, 2017, 2020 (Planned)
Microsoft Mix: 2009
Now What? 2014
Rhodium Weekend: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 (planned)
South Dakota Code Camp: 2011, 2012, 2013 (sponsor), 2018 (sponsor)
South Dakota Innovation Expo: 2010, 2014 (sponsor), 2015 (sponsor, speaker), 2017, 2018 (sponsor), 2019 (sponsor, speaker)
Startup Weekend Sioux Falls: 2013 (sponsor), 2014 (sponsor), 2015 (sponsor), 2017 (sponsor)
Traffic & Conversion: 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 (Planned)
Content & Commerce: 2017
TrenDigital: 2014, 2016, 2017
OTA: 2014, 2015
YPN Crossroads Summit: 2017, 2019