Hi I'm Matt Slater. Welcome to my online home.
I build, invest in and advise technology startups.
I’ve started 3 ventures to date. Most recently I was Founding Partner at Synapse Capital – a crypto asset investment firm. We invest in blockchain protocols and companies building infrastructure, apps and products for the decentralized web.
Prior to Synapse, I was Co-founder and CEO of Hedgy – a blockchain derivatives startup backed by Tim Draper and Marc Benioff. A pioneer of smart contract technology, we built one of the first decentralized exchanges for crypto derivatives. Hedgy was acquired by Wyre, Inc. in 2018.
I started my first business, a screen-printing company Campus Ink, from my dorm room at the age of 19. Post college, during my grad studies in finance, I discovered bitcoin and became an early adopter of cryptocurrency in 2013. I’ve since invested in over 40 companies and crypto projects as both an angel investor and VC. Some of my notable investments include Ethereum (seed), 0x (pre seed), MakerDAO, Synthetix (Seed), Keep Networks (seed), Cosmos (seed), Augur (seed), Republic Protocol, Aave and Alto IRA among others.
As an entrepreneur and investor with a background in law I bring a wide skill set. One of my strengths is the ability to cross pollinate ideas and sectors. My three primary skills lay at the intersection of technology, finance and law. While I have developed a deep expertise in cryptocurrency and blockchain, my interests and investment scope are wide ranging across multiple sectors.
I hold a Bachelors in Business from USC, a Masters in Finance from Hult Business School and a JD from Loyola Law School.
I'm a perpetual learner with a curious mind. I love reading cutting edge books, drinking bulletproof coffee and traveling off the beaten path.
Take risks, reward follows
If you stick to the script, you can be assured of mediocrity.
- Tom Barrack
Investor| 2018 - Present
A real estate investment firm that sources, rehabilitates and manages multi family assets located in qualified opportunity zones.
Co-Founder | August 2014 - June 2016
Hedgy is a seed funded fintech startup reimagining financial derivatives using blockchain technology. Hedgy raised $1.2M in seed funding backed by investors including Tim Draper and Marc Benioff. We started Hedgy to democratize access to the financial markets. We built one of the first crypto asset smart contracts allowing businesses to hedge volatility risk. Later we built blockchain apps and prototypes for financial institutions.
Hedgy was acquired by Wyre in 2018.
Learn more here: Hedgy
Individual Investor| 2013 - Present
I began angel investing in 2013. Notable investments include Ethereum, 0x, Cosmos, MakerDAO, Theta Labs, Latchel, Augur, Airhouse, Alto IRA and Seated among others.
Some organizations I am involved with and care about
Kairos Society - Alumni
The Kairos Society works to find and empower the young pioneers who will push the world forward through entrepreneurship and innovation. We view today’s global problems as opportunities for entrepreneurs to focus on the meaningful businesses and innovations that will radically change the world for the better.
The Edmund Hillary Fellowship (EHF) is a fellowship program that provides mission-driven entrepreneurs, investors and start-up teams with a platform to incubate global impact ventures from New Zealand.
Boost VC - Alumni
Boost is a bitcoin focused startup accelerator based in the heart of San Mateo. At Boost we believe that with the proper business and product guidance, any entrepreneur can build a great idea into an amazing company. I participated in Batch 4 in the summer of 2014. Now as an Alumni I help the new startups and give tips on all things startup related.
Donor & Supporter
Moneythink is the only movement of young people working to restore the economic health of America through financial education. We believe financial education is one of the highest-leverage actions we as a society can take to build a better future. We won’t stop until every student in America graduates prepared to navigate the financial decisions of the real world.
Bad Ass Advisor is an invite-only network that matches great advisors to growing companies. The goal being to reduce the time, paperwork, guesswork, happenstance and coincidence in helping startups find advisors.
Co-Host - Baller Group Co
The Baller Dinner is a highly curated, multigenerational and interdisciplinary dining experience for 8-15 people. Ballers believe in action over talk, humility over arrogance and inclusion over exclusion. (Origin Story)
I have had the great pleasure of working alongside Matt as my business partner for Campus Ink Apparel in Los Angeles, California. Matt’s enthusiasm and rigorous work ethic have led Campus Ink to sales in every state along the west coast and brought in increasing quarterly revenues. His natural leadership and managerial skills have led to our expansion to 10 employees and created extensive training materials for them along the way. His talents in social media allowed us to reach new customers, hire team members, and even raise 3,000 dollars for an incredible social event. Matt is energetic, focused, results driven, a model entrepreneur, and a true team player- a blessing for any company!
— Ofek Lavian