For over fifteen years, Matt Wallaert has been applying behavioral science to practical problems, from startup exits to the Fortune 500 to an array of pro-social side projects. As one of the first behavioral scientists to leave academia and work in industry, he’s given hundreds of talks on the science of behavior change at the UN, SXSW, and beyond. He was most recently the healthcare industry’s first Chief Behavioral Officer at Clover Health, a multi-billion dollar insurance company, where he directed one of the world’s largest behavioral science teams, combining qualitative researchers, quantitative researchers, and project managers. His side projects consistently focus on the unrepresented, like GetRaised.com, which has helped underpaid women ask for and earn over $3.1B in salary increases.
In his new book, Start at the End: How to Build Products that Create Change, Wallaert details a science-based process to create behavior change that can be implemented in organizations of any size and industry. Filled with colorful examples from his own work and plenty of cursing, the book is an approachable guide to putting behavior back at the center of everything we build.
He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can schedule a call; he maintains an open calendaring policy to prevent bias. His Linkedin is the best representation of his professional career.
Currently located in San Diego, Matt prefers cowboy boots to sneakers and Legos to blank paper. He also wears a uniform of used clothing that a script buys for him on eBay. 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 coparent to Stef, father to Bear, brother to Josh, brother-in-law to Jelena, uncle to Sava and Teo, and son to Rick and Jo.