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Rudyard Partners is a next generation technology venture capital firm. Our focus remains emerging technology that creates an unsurpassable user experience. Our advantage is our understanding of the media and communications marketplace, innovation generation, and market attack. We are advising and investing in new category killers and launching extraordinary companies. The more innovative the opportunity, the better we are at identifying the market proposition and positioning the technology for it.
Rudyard Partners is only committed to the creation, development, and implementation of early stage technologies. We are committed to companies that have created the genesis of a new business, yet seek support in market development, product planning, and commercial launch. We are typically asked to advise such promising companies before institutional investors join.
The team at Rudyard Partners has deep experience in the early stage ‘new idea’ market. They have invested in over seventy early stage companies since the late nineties. They have launched numerous new business models, established hundreds of strategic and commercial relationships, and achieved many profitable exits (mergers & acquisitions, and IPO’s). The team has also been directly involved with the invention, design, development, and launch of unique products serving hundreds of millions of users.
Founder & Managing Partner
Matthew has become a well-known and successful investor for both his understanding of new technologies as well as his ability to build compelling new businesses for the commercial marketplace. He has created Rudyard Partners as a vehicle to deliver new products and solutions to both mass market consumers and specialized users alike. His areas of interest promote the creation of the most compelling user experience. Whether on a device or a network, Matthew explores technologies that implement or integrate content and software so that consumer expectations with new innovations can be surpassed. He is also focused on the monetization of old and new media and its interface with various combinations of bits and atoms.
Before creating Rudyard Partners, Matthew was a Founder & Managing Director of Motorola Ventures (MV), the corporate venture capital arm of Motorola, Inc. Matthew was directly responsible for building investment offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, and Beijing. He co-managed a $350M portfolio of 70+ companies. Matthew created the investment program in 1997 and established it as one of the premier corporate venture practices in the world. He developed MV’s investment thesis around monetizing both strategic and financial returns. He focused on emerging networks (3G, 4G, Wireline, Cable), new media, mobile devices, Web 2.0, enterprise software, and material science. He was responsible for making investments in innovative companies like E Ink, A123, Xanboo, Airclic, Cedarpoint Communications, Snaptrack, Camero, Ocean Broadband, and Netomat. He has also served on both the Investment Committee and the Board of Directors for Shanghai NewMargin Ventures, one of the leading domestic venture capital firms in China.
In November 2005, Matthew was named one of Boston’s “40 under 40″ by the Boston Business Journal for his professional achievement and community contributions in New England. He has been a featured speaker around the world and contributed to several books both on innovation and venture capital. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Michigan State University’s Eli Broad School of Business and Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. Matthew graduated from Michigan State University (BA) and the New England School of Law (JD). He has also studied Software at Harvard University and Civil Law with Loyola University- New Orleans in Costa Rica. Matthew is fluent in French, speaks Japanese, and is learning Mandarin.
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