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Matt co-founded TurboSquid in April 2000 to allow anyone to publish their digital creations for sale on the internet, with a focus on 3D graphics. TurboSquid is now the world's leading seller of 3D models used to create imagery in feature films, computer games, architecture, defense and a variety of other industries. Matt initially started as the company's CIO, and assumed the role of CEO in 2006. The company has received numerous awards, including the New Orleans City Business' "Innovator of the Year". While in college, Matt co-founded Chimera Digital Imaging, a visual effects and 3D animation firm that pivoted to become TurboSquid in 2000. At Chimera during the 90s, as partner and senior producer of 3D visual effects, he produced hundreds of animations and effects for television commercials, and engineered a successful line of software plugins. In 2005, he contributed the idea and co-authored the legislation for the Digital Interactive Media incentives for the state of Louisiana, widely cited as significantly contributing to the city's entrepreneurial renaissance. The same week of the legislation's announcement, Hurricane Katrina changed the course of the city, and Matt's focus since has been on municipal rebirth through entrepreneurial development. Matt serves as Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Startup Fund (a non-profit investment fund), on the Executive Committee of The Idea Village (an incubator), as Co-Chair of Creative Digital Media Industry Council, and is on the board of VoteIt (which he co-Founded in 2011). His awards and recognition include being named "Technology Leader of the Year" for Louisiana by the Governor's Office. Matt graduated with a degree in History from Brown University in 1994 with a personal emphasis on software engineering. He is a 2014 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.