Person Overview

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Chief Product Officer at Hightail
Past:
Director, Yahoo! Messenger User Experience at Yahoo!, Vice President, Consumer Experience at AOL, See All (7)
Education:
University of Maryland, College Park

Description

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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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Experience (7)

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    Yahoo!

    Director, Yahoo! Messenger User Experience
    Nov, 2003 - Jan, 2009
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    AOL

    Vice President, Consumer Experience
    Feb, 2010 - Feb, 2012
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    Independent Consultant

    Team Member
    Jan, 2009 - Feb, 2010
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    Yahoo!

    Sr. Director, Communications and Community User Experience
    Nov, 2007 - Jan, 2009
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    Yahoo!

    Design Lead, Enterprise Solutions
    Mar, 2001 - Nov, 2003
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    Kinko's

    Interaction Designer, Kinkos.com
    Mar, 2000 - Feb, 2001
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    Hightail

    Chief Product Officer
    Aug, 2012

Advisory Roles (1)

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    Bix

    Advisor
    Feb, 2006 - Nov, 2006