Matte is driven by an obsession to understand the design decisions behind products and the specific human needs they represent. It’s a desire that guides his Hightail product strategy—every feature and experience his team creates must solve real problems.
His early days as an interaction designer at printing startup Liveprint showed him how truly empathizing with a customer’s needs is the key to building better experiences. After joining Yahoo in 2001 he started to look at the bigger picture, building teams that applied his user-focused philosophy to helping products like Yahoo! Mail and Messenger become the world’s leading communication tools.
Most recently, Matte was Vice President of Consumer Experience and Commerce at AOL where he was responsible for building and developing the product teams on key projects, including the redesign of TechCrunch and the launch of Patch user blogs.
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Director, Yahoo! Messenger User ExperienceNov, 2003 - Jan, 2009
Vice President, Consumer ExperienceFeb, 2010 - Feb, 2012
Team MemberJan, 2009 - Feb, 2010
Sr. Director, Communications and Community User ExperienceNov, 2007 - Jan, 2009
Design Lead, Enterprise SolutionsMar, 2001 - Nov, 2003
Interaction Designer, Kinkos.comMar, 2000 - Feb, 2001
Chief Product OfficerAug, 2012