My name is Matt Henderson. I’m the founder of Makalu, a personal finance author and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. I tweet @mhenders, post photos at Flickr, and write here at Dafacto.com.

Background—Originally from Atlanta, I studied engineering at Georgia Tech. With an interest in Europe—and a Spanish girlfriend—I did graduate work at Georgia Tech’s campus in France, and then went on to work in Germany. Later I moved to southern Spain, where I reside today—enjoying the warm climate, friendly people and amazing diversity of Andalucia.

Business—While living in Germany, I founded a company called MakaluMedia GmbH that provided engineering services to the European space industry. Having grown the company to 35 staff, we sold Makalu Aerospace in 2012 to a public company in the United Kingdom.

After moving to Spain, I founded an American company, Makalu Interactive, that became known for its involvement in building the one-million user Catalog Choice service, and designing products for Google and Virgin America. Makalu also sells its own products, including RaceSplitter, for “do it yourself” timing of sporting events, and Rego, for bookmarking locations. Nearly one million people have been timed with RaceSplitter and Apple featured Rego on its App Store home page in 127 countries.

Investing—Disciplined investing from an early age changed my life, and so I decided to publish a small book that concisely lays out the principles in a way that anyone can follow. It only takes an hour to read, so be sure to check it out—Money for Something.

In 2011, I became an angel investor and advisor in a Berlin start-up called Datagraph. The company develops an innovative graph database known as Dydra, currently in use by European semi-conductor makers and telecommunication data enterprises.

Interests—Cycling, hiking and chess are activities I enjoy, and I’m am a fan of the Paleo diet and P90x for health and fitness. In 2011, I received my black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a sport in which I’ve been competing since 2000, earning three gold medals at the European Championships.

I love living off the beaten path, exploring the diverse experiences and cultures the world has to offer. I value simplicity and authenticity. If you’d like to get in touch, don’t hesitate to write and say hello.