Matt is a Californian who now lives in Turkey. He began his professional life as an import buyer, and since 2006 has been teaching companies how to connect with their investors and clients better. His clients work for companies like HSBC, Citibank, Allianz, and UniCredit.
Matt studied Chinese history at the University of Chicago. He has traveled to 22 countries and lived on three different continents.
In 2013 he finished a 2,100 kilometer walk across Turkey, which he did primarily "because it needed to be done, and not a lot of people do it." The walk took him 7-1/2 months. It was profiled on television stations and in magazines, and Matt wrote a book about it.