Until recently, Matthew was Vice President, Special Projects at Google, where he led and incubated strategic initiatives, especially mission-driven projects with high social impact. Since joining the company in 2007, he led efforts ranging from expanding Internet access, developing clean energy, strengthening freedom of expression and democracy, and extending Google’s footprint in emerging markets.
These initiatives include the following:
After almost 9 years at Goolge, Matthew recently left to take a sabbatical to explore the potential role of Artificial Intelligence to help shape a better world – researching, writing and investing in the field.
Matthew is a public speaker, and has given talks on a variety of topics related to how technology is reshaping our society and economy, and the important role of philanthropy and mission-driven enterprises.
Prior to joining Google, Matthew was Vice President, Pharmacy for drugstore.com, a leading online health and beauty retailer, and Chief Operating Officer for WorldRes NA, an online hotel reservations network. He was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and Price Waterhouse. In addition, Matthew co-founded CyberJava, one of the first Internet cafes, and was a freelance game/ software programmer.
Matthew holds a Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law, where he authored various papers on public policy. He has Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and Management from Case Western Reserve University. Matthew has served on the Board of World Affairs Council and is an inaugural Disruptor Foundation Fellow. He advises many startups and non-profits, including New America and Human Rights Watch. Matthew is a member of the California State Bar.
Matthew lives in San Francisco, and formerly lived aboard a 35-foot sailboat for over 10 years. In addition to sailing, he enjoys backpacking (climbed Mount Kilimanjaro), running and diving. His personal interests include jazz piano improvisation and creative writing. He studied fine arts and enjoys drawing, painting and sculpture. Matthew is an avid traveler, having visited over 75 countries and territories. He remains an enthusiastic member of the Burning Man community since 2005. Matthew was born and raised in Cleveland with a wonderful family, and is an Eagle Scout.
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Updated February 2016