Matthew Burgess, CEO
Matthew has a passion for helping entrepreneurs bring their vision to fruition. He brings 15+ years of entrepreneurial insight to Formation Solutions. Since coming out of business school, when he happily took a slaves wages position as an associate in a Bay Area venture capital firm, where he learned from some of the greats of the business, he has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs to build solid foundations and help them grow their vision.
In 2003, he co-founded Maverick Internet Ventures. First as Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Marketing & Analytics Officer, he managed a portfolio of ecommerce businesses and built and managed PPC search engine advertising campaigns with multi-million dollar budgets.
Prior to Maverick, he founded Cross Canyon Corporate Services, Inc., which provided entity formation and bookkeeping services. Matthew served as General Manager of Company Makers LLC, a provider of small business operational services, such as incorporation, bookkeeping, HR compliance, finance, and legal.
Matthew served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Vice President of Intellectual Property Asset Acquisition at Zone Reactor, a technology commercialization firm created by Zone Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. At Zone, he worked to formulate business plans and launch new companies from technologies under development within world-class R&D facilities.
Before Zone Ventures, Matthew co-founded the venture-backed Internet startup SuperSig with Mark Jeffrey, CEO of ThisWeekIn.com, where he served as COO and SVP of Corporate Development. He also served as Director of Business Development at Communities.com and as venture capital associate at Agincourt Partners LLP.
He received an MBA from Boston University, where he founded the BU Applied Securities Analysis Program. Conceived as an advanced portfolio management course coupled with a student-managed pool of capital, the program offers MBA students an opportunity to become portfolio managers and venture capitalists. Within a few years, it had become one of the most popular courses in the MBA program, and was transformed into an entire degree program: MS in Investment Management.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, he and his wife Shana live in Venice, CA.