Bio

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Hey there- my name is Matt.  I have spent my career working across industries in education, design, technology, and business.  I am a passionate and driven person with a love of learning, adventure, and literature.

I'm the co-founder and CEO of The Magic of Things Ltd, a company where we make magic real using science, technology, and design.  We began as a Kickstarter in 2017, opened our first pop-up—The Cauldron— in 2017, and are currently operating in London and New York. We've recently been given shoutouts as "The #1 reason to stop what you are doing and get to London" by Buzzfeed and "The #1 bar you need to visit in London" by Business Insider.  We are growing the business and team, expanding our operating cities, and working on a permanent spot in London.

For almost three years I worked at PageFair, the world’s leading counter-adblock solutions provider.  PageFair's mission is to sustain the open web and ensure that content creators can get fairly paid for their work.  I think it’s a pretty worthwhile goal, and I enjoyed working with and learning from my colleagues.  I was an early hire at the company and head of communications and product design.  I also got to work with lots of data, which makes me happy.

My educational background is varied and matches my passion for learning and goal of building a tech company focused around literature and learning.  I have master’s degrees in Education and Social Change and Creative Digital Media, and an undergraduate honors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

I’ve had the privilege of working with talented and interesting people all over the world who continually challenge me and make me smile.  I’ve also been part of some terrific programs, namely Teach for America, the Luce Scholars Program, and the Mitchell Scholars Program, that have helped me develop my understanding of our world and my place in it.

I enjoy cycling, tinkering, and reading.