Matt Wallaert is a behavioral psychologist and entrepreneur focused on building products and programs that create behavior change to help people lead better, happier lives. He started in academia, built and sold two startups, then went to Microsoft to build products at larger scale. After becoming a director at Microsoft Ventures, he left to spend more time with his one-year-old son.
A published academic who continues to collect data and remain active in academia, he uses research and insights about human behavior in his work as an entrepreneur and as a frequent expert source for the press. He is always looking for new ways to make things better and hopes to advise 1,000 projects before he dies. A list of his investments, side projects, and advisory appointments is available on LinkedIn.
Currently located in New York City, Matt prefers cowboy boots to dress shoes and Legos to blank paper. He is a dedicated Oregonian and believes strongly that the Pacific Northwest is the best possible place to live. He is a graduate of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong (IB) and Swarthmore College (psychology and education), spent some time in a PhD program at Cornell University (social psychology) before joining his first startup, and is husband to Stef, father to Bear, brother to Josh, brother-in-law to Jelena, uncle to Sava and Teo, and son to Rick and Jo.