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Hack To Start
Episode 89

Matt Hartman

builder turned vc investor @betaworks // ok coder // podcast @ http://dybpodcast.com

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Matt Hartman is the Director of Seed Investments at Betaworks, an internet startup studio based in New York. Matt has been building products since he was a teen. After working for a real estate company, Matt left to join a social consumer app call Hot Potato - which was later acquired by Facebook. Matt then founded his own startup Referboost which he bootstrapped and then licensed to Apartments.com. He joins us to share his story, what he looks for in investments at Betaworks, what technologies he’s most interested in, why he started podcasting, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about Matt.
  • Learn more about how Matt got into startups.
  • Learn more about how Matt approaches seed investments at Betaworks.
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Matt Hartman is the Director of Seed Investments at Betaworks, an internet startup studio based in New York.

Matt has been building products since he was a teen. After working for a real estate company, Matt left to join a social consumer app call Hot Potato - which was later acquired by Facebook.

Matt then founded his own startup Referboost which he bootstrapped and then licensed to Apartments.com.

He joins us to share his story, what he looks for in investments at Betaworks, what technologies he’s most interested in, why he started podcasting, and much more!


What You'll Learn In This Episode

  • How Matt got into startups.
  • How Matt approaches seed investments at Betaworks.
  • What technologies and industries Matt finds the most interesting.
  • Why Matt started podcasting.
  • And more!

Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:47
Where are you from, what did you study?

2:19
So how did your passion for entrepreneurship develop?

7:48
So what was the product that you were working on at Hot Potato and what was that startup all about and what was it like being acquired by Facebook?

11:00
You’re then also founded Referboost. What is/was Referboost and why did you decide to launch that product?

14:35
How did you approach growing this product? What were some of the biggest challenges involved?

17:46
So you’re currently the Director of Seed Investments at Betaworks. Can you tell us more about Betaworks and how you created the opportunity to join the team there?

20:25
What does your role involve? How do you go about evaluating a startup that’s looking for Seed funding?

25:17
Do you have any awesome stories about pitches / products / startups that you’ve seen over the years? Any one stand out in particular?

27:35
So where do you see this technology going in the next couple of years?

30:46
You’re also a fellow podcaster, hosting your show called “Doing Your Business”. What is DYB and what motivated you to create it?

41:23
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

47:00
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Matt Hartman on Twitter
Matt Hartman on the web
Doing Your Business Podcast
Betaworks on Twitter
Betaworks on the web
Eyegroove on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Libsyn
Garageband
Heroku
Snapchat
Twitter
Anchor
Instapaper
Call Recorder
Adobe XD
Spotify
Eyegroove
Nuzzle
Intercom
Byte
Hype Machine
Gyroscope
Quartz

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