Professional philanthropist and entrepreneur. Co-founder of Hoopla.io, Local Ruckus and KULA Causes. Co-leader of the Kansas City Startup Village. Creator of the #boomsizzle hashtag.
A co-leader of the Kansas City Startup Village (KCSV) since its inception, I'm extremely passionate about startups, entrepreneurs and startup communities. I can't say I'm an "expert", but I have learned a lot about forming & supporting startup communities over the last few years.
I've had an entrepreneurial mindset since I was in high school. I've co-founded and purchased various types of businesses, from e-commerce websites to sole proprietorships to full fledged startups. I'm a huge advocate for entrepreneurship and startups with the intent of being a life long learner as it relates to both of them.
As JFK once said, "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." When networking, I encourage you to approach it with a "give first, get later" mindset. You'll find the more that you offer to help others, the more their offers to help you returns in greater abundance.
"Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money and Having Fun Investing in Startups" by David S. Rose is a good place to start. It's written from the perspective of being an investor, but it's very helpful for those wishing to raise funds as well.
Most investors (especially VC) focus on investing in "local" companies. Of course, "local" can mean different things to different people, but generally it's a company that is close enough for a quick visit.
That being said, angels and angel groups are expanding their investment territory more and more these days seeing as their is gold in places other than the East and West coasts. It can't hurt to reach out to an angel investor outside of your region to at least have a conversation.
Side Note - If you're able to secure a conversation, make sure you bring more to the table than just "want to invest in our company?" Find a nugget of gold that you can provide them. It shows you care about their well being regardless of whether they invest in your company or not. "Give first, get later." Great words to live by. Thx, Brad Feld.
Always informative! He got me clear on the direction we are moving into and how to proceed with our next steps. My business is way more profitable and helpful because of Mr Marcus. He really helped me find my WHY which has defined where we are moving to next.
I would suggest anyone reading this to schedule a call with him NOW!
Amazing advice. He will not steer you wrong or rather let you steer yourself wrong. He helped me find the cheapest and most effective way to test my theory and take an idea that I was * admittedly * trying to trash and see the potential.
Fabulous insight and great suggestions. OVER delivered in my opinion!
I worked with and under Matthew for several months at KULA Causes in 2012. Not only did Matthew manage the technology development processes and team at KULA (he spent a year managing the development of a B2B loyalty marketing points engine for charitable giving), but he also set the company on a direction for further growth and prosperity by making smart choices when the time was right.
Matthew is a skilled web developer, deeply knowledgable about multiple languages, frameworks, and tools. Matthew is consistently and constantly pushing himself to be better. He is invested in helping the team he's working with, and the broader set of stakeholders, be the very best they can be. He applies a learn-teach-learn approach. Not only that, Matthew is one of the most hard-working, dedicated professionals I've encountered in my career. I think he can outwork anybody. His tenacity is Herculean. Most importantly, Matthew brings a unique calm and presence to the teams he works with. He knows what's important to him and lives by those principles.
During our time together at KULA Causes, the company was undergoing several major transitions. In the context of fast-paced startups, people often find themselves in "microwave relationships" where the intensity of the work creates instant friendships. I consider Matthew a friend not because of the intensity of the work, but because of his unmatched integrity and commitment to people. I hope our professional paths cross again.
Matthew is good people, the kind of guy anyone would love to work with. He's detailed in processes, does fantastic development/design, and has an infectious smile and lighthearted demeanor that makes everyone around him feel good. Now why does he have to be all the way in KC? Come back to Boulder, M!
Matthew has provided highly engaging, functional and creative websites for our firm on multiple occasions. His professionalism, expertise, and likability have positioned him as the only designer and programmer we work with regularly. On all accounts his work is top notch and we would (and have) recommended him to many of our clients, partners, and colleagues.
MWM Consulting, lead by Matthew Marcus, is a great firm to work with when looking for all things website related. MWM prides itself on staying current with all of the latest technology available to make their customer websites "pop." They not only consult, advise and build, but they are also available for hosting the websites of their small to midrange clients. Matthew is extremely punctual and friendly to work with. Any website work that needs to be done, I would always start with MWM first. If they can't handle the work or think I would be better served somewhere else, they are the first to tell me.
I have been working with Matthew for over 7 years and I have found that he is a dedicated web consultant, who's attention to detail is second to none.
Nicholson Kovac, Inc. chose Matthew Marcus because of his well-rounded skill set in application development, flash development and project requirements understanding.
Matthew was able to bring our vision to reality and with his experience he was able to identify issues and enhancements that we had not considered.
Working with Matthew enabled us to bring the product to market in a better state than we expected. The product was then successfully implemented for several of our clients over the next few years.
Matthew Marcus was very knowledgeable and professional throughout the duration of the project. He exceeded expectations on deadlines and was easy to work with. We would certainly work with him again in the future.