I’ve started spending a lot of time post-Beme on angel investing. Like every professional decision I’ve ever made, this one was sheer intuition at first. Only after having made 16 investments do I have enough perspective to begin to scratch away at why investing in startups feels personally important.

As…


Thinking about the software that’s becoming part of us

“Breathe again” the Apple Watch says. Is that a command? A question? A suggestion?

Twice a day, my Watch ambushes me with a deep breathing exercise. A ladder of subtle vibrations on the wrist brings me to a full inhale, hold, and exhale at a rate that is…


Virtualizing real space, one Nest at a time

I’ve been at home more in the past month than at any other time in my adult life. In the process of trying to make an accidental sabbatical a purposeful one, I’ve gone from spending 3 waking hours a day in my apartment to something more like 12 (gym, coffees…


But Instaplaces may make for a more dynamic world

The den was the defining room of 20th century America. Constructed as a chapel for the radio, the TV, and eventually remodeled with a side nave to worship the Gaussian hiss of the PC, it brought us together, all smiles around…


Beme as a company is ending

We announced earlier today that Beme, the company I founded 3 ½ years ago with Casey Neistat that CNN acquired in late 2016, is no longer going to exist as a standalone company. Casey and I will be moving on, but the team and technology will be pulled into CNN…


Why I’m proud we’re joining CNN

Today we announced that Beme has been acquired by CNN. Below is my personal perspective on our future.

At my age in 1993, I definitely should have been asleep at 11pm. The sound of my dad, always a night-owl, making chocolate cake must have woken me up. I walked into…


Everyone’s doing live, few will succeed

This post was selected by the editors of Context as one of the best posts about the marketing and advertising published on Medium in 2016.

Just this week, Tumblr and Musical.ly joined the live video fray, launching new products just as details of Facebook’s spending more than $50 million on…


Why we’re trying anyway with Beme

When friends who are not in tech (luckily that’s many of mine) ask what it’s like building a startup like Beme, here’s how I explain it:

“We’re playing a game. In order to make it beyond the first level, we need to build a product that holds the focused attention…


All the hardware is just a distraction

My dad has always been a coveter of gadgetry, and his love for hardware transferred to me early. As a pre-schooler, I was obsessed with the monochrome-screen IBM XT 286 computer my parents used almost exclusively for word processing. When it came time to check spelling on a document, I…


Being queer has made me a better technologist

I was having a casual lunchtime conversation with a relatively new engineer to the team, someone who had been around a few months to my couple years. The company had gotten to the much-spoken-of size where you no longer knew everyone’s name. …

Matt Hackett

Technologist on a purposeful wander. (Previously: Cofounder, Beme · VP Engineering @tumblr · HIR @betaworks)

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