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


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

Founder of Makalu

In 1997, I founded a German company, MakaluMedia GmbH, providing 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.

In 2000, 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, Virgin America and O’Reilly.

Makalu also designs and 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.

Personal Finance Author

I published a small book that concisely lays out the principles of personal investing that changed my life. It only takes an hour to read, so be sure to check it out—Money for Something.

Angel Investor

I’m an angel investor and advisor in a Berlin start-up called Datagraph, that develops an innovative graph database known as Dydra—currently in use by European semi-conductor makers and telecommunication data enterprises.

Black Belt

I’m a black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the lineage of Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães, and have been competing since 2000, earning three gold medals at the European Championships.

I enjoy cycling, hiking and chess, and am a fan of the Paleo diet and P90x for health and fitness.


I love learning about what makes great products great and the businesses that build them. I love living off the beaten path, exploring the diverse experiences and cultures the world has to offer. I enjoy reflecting on my experiences through writing. I value simplicity and authenticity.

Get in touch

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