This week (at least earlier this week), he was here in the Valley of the Sun, addressing over 200 leading public policy makers from business and education communities, non-profit sector and government. On Tuesday Matt was part of the “Innovators Look Ahead” panel at Morrison Institute’s State of our State 2013. Shannon O’Neil, Senior Fellow at Council on Foreign Relations, ASU President Michael Crow and Senator Jon Kyl also addressed the group.
Matt talked about the emergence of a strong technology cluster in Arizona, and particularly a dynamic education technology services center that includes Parchment, Apollo, Pearson, rSmart and Synergis, among others. He discussed the importance of place in facilitating successful start-ups. Angel investors, venture capital, mentors and an outstanding talent pool were critical to his success at Blackboard, and he affirmed that greater Phoenix has all the right elements to build great businesses.
One observer noted “This was the most optimistic panel of the day!”
Where will we find Matt next? Stay tuned…