Primary Role
CEO & Co-Founder @ Circa
Illinois College
July 16, 1984
San Francisco

Person Details


Matt Galligan is an entrepreneur living in San Francisco and is the CEO and Co-founder of Circa. He co-founded the company alongside Ben Huh and Arsenio Santos in 2011. Circa is developing a new kind of news experience designed for mobile devices. The company is launching October 2012.

Prior to founding Circa, Matt founded two other companies. In 2007, he co-founded and was the CEO of Socialthing, a service that made it easy to keep up with friends' activity from multiple social networks. Socialthing was acquired by AOL in 2008. After his time at AOL, Matt went on to found SimpleGeo in 2009 with Joe Stump, which provided a geolocation infrastructure-as-a-service for developers to easily add location-aware elements to consumer and business applications -- a process that they learned is extremely difficult when they began as a location-based gaming company several years ago. SimpleGeo was acquired by Urban Airship in November 2011.

In addition to founding three technology startups, Matt helped found 1% of Nothing with Shervin Pishevar with the goal of better connecting the early-stage entrepreneurial worlds with philanthropy.

Matt is active in the startup community and is a mentor for accelerator programs like TechStars, Code For America, FounderFuel, and BoomStartup. He also advises a number of startups including Veri, Untappd, Foodtree, and Metrognome.

In 2010, he was named as one of Business Insider's Silicon Valley 100, a list of the top entrepreneurs in the epicenter of technology. Matt is regularly quoted in the press as an expert on mobile, social and local, in publications such as The New York Times, Wired and TechCrunch, and has spoken at numerous industry conferences including Web 2.0 Summit, Web 2.0 Expo, Where 2.0 Conference, SXSW Interactive, Federated Media's Conversational Marketing Summit and Signal:Austin, Dealmaker Media's Unplugged and Grow, and numerous other events.

Experience (6)

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    CEO & Co-Founder
    Dec, 2011
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    Business Development Consultant
    Jul, 2011
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    1% of Nothing

    Apr, 2011
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    Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer
    Jun 1, 2009 - Aug, 2011
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    Product Manager, Socialthing
    Aug, 2008 - May, 2009
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    Founder & CEO
    May, 2007 - Aug, 2008

Advisory Roles (3)


Education (1)