Primary Role
Chief Product Officer at Hightail
University of Maryland, College Park

Person Details


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.

Matte has a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland.

Those days in the lab studying the vagaries of the human mind fueled Matte's passion for understanding people—a passion that now helps drive Hightail's creation of engaging products that solve real problems.

Experience (7)

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    Chief Product Officer
    Aug, 2012
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    Vice President, Consumer Experience
    Feb, 2010 - Feb, 2012
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    Independent Consultant

    Team Member
    Jan, 2009 - Feb, 2010
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    Director, Yahoo! Messenger User Experience
    Nov, 2003 - Jan, 2009
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    Sr. Director, Communications and Community User Experience
    Nov, 2007 - Jan, 2009
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    Design Lead, Enterprise Solutions
    Mar, 2001 - Nov, 2003
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    Interaction Designer,
    Mar, 2000 - Feb, 2001

Advisory Roles (2)