Matt Wilsey

President & Founder,  Grace Wilsey Foundation
 
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Matt is a Silicon Valley angel investor and advisor.  His investments include Nimble Storage, Practice Fusion, Pintrest, Virtual Instruments, Bonobos, LYFE Kitchen, Caveman Foods, Frontier Snacks, Juicero, Rinse, Moment, Tout, Pinrose, Interior Define, Need, Gear Launch, and Weddington Way.  In addition to consumer products and services, Matt invests in and advocates for biomedical research, drug development, and genetic sequencing technologies.
 
Before moving to the investment side, he spent many years as a front-line operator.  Most recently, Matt was Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of CardSpring, a payment infrastructure company that was acquired by Twitter.  Previously, Matt ran West coast sales and business development for Howcast.com.  He was responsible for building Howcast’s instructional content library, distribution network, and strategic relationships.  Before Howcast, Matt worked for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the Capital Markets team focused on new product development, capital raising, and investor relations.  Prior to that, Matt spent five years as Co-Founder and Vice President of Business Development at Zazzle.com, where he was responsible for all content and distribution deals.
 
He started his career serving in various roles at the White House and the Department of Defense.  Matt became a rare disease hunter and advocate after his daughter Grace was born with NGLY1 Deficiency.  He has since funded over 40 scientists at 7 medical centers in 3 countries with the sole purpose of curing the disease.
 
Matt holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  In addition to Global Genes, Matt sits on the Board of Directors of the Grace Wilsey Foundation where he is President, The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases, and Perlstein Lab.