My name is Matt Henderson. Living in southern Spain, I’ve been involved in aerospace, data and consumer products businesses since 1998.

Originally from Georgia, I studied electrical engineering in Atlanta 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 the southern coast of Spain, where I reside today—enjoying the warm climate, friendly people and amazing diversity of Andalucia.

Business

makaluIn 1997, I founded a German company called Makalu Aerospace providing engineering services and software products to the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT and EUTELSAT. In 2012, Makalu Aerospace was acquired by a public company in the United Kingdom.

In 2000, I founded an American company, Makalu Interactive, which became known for its involvement in designing and building the one-million user Catalog Choice service. We later went on to design and build products for brands like Google, Virgin America and O’Reilly.

In 2010, I made an angel investment and took an advisory role in a Berlin-based start-up called Datagraph, who develop an innovative graph database known as Dydra—currently in use by European semi-conductor makers and telecommunication data enterprises.

In 2011, Makalu began designing and selling its own products, including RaceSplitter for “do it yourself” timing of sporting events, and Rego for bookmarking locations. RaceSplitter has been used to time over 600,000 people around the world, and Apple featured Rego on its App Store home page in 127 countries.

In 2012, I published an introductory book on investing. Its message can be life-changing; it was for me. Be sure to check it out: Money for Something.

Interests

bjjI 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.

I’m a black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from the lineage of Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhães and am an assistant instructor. I’ve been competing since 2000 and have managed to win gold medal three times at the European BJJ Championships.

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

Elsewhere

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr Sets, Instagram

Get in touch!

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