Matt is a managing partner at Tectonic Ventures as well as a professor at MIT. Previously he founded RK Ventures, the predecessor to Tectonic, where he managed two successful funds. Matt invested in companies such as Rackspace, Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Xenex, Axioma, Bidshift, Respicardia and Edusoft among others. Matt was formerly the CFO of Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, where he worked with the founder to launch the firm and the world’s first Alzheimer’s imaging agent. Matt also helped launch a hedge fund as the COO, and has advised many financial firms including Correlation Ventures, and 55 Capital Partners. Matt is presently a director at Xenex and at Neighborhood Trust and an advisor to Kymeta, and Humatics.
Matt also enjoys teaching entrepreneurship in the Finance department at MIT, and is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Matt’s research on venture capital and exits has been published in many leading finance and economic journals. Previously a faculty member in the Entrepreneurial Management department at Harvard Business School, Matt has also published many HBS cases. His work has been profiled in the Financial Times, The Economist, the MIT Sloan Management Review, Kauffman publications, Institutional Investor’s Alpha Magazine, PeHub, etc., and many popular blogs. He is regularly quoted in major print media such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Financial Times, etc., and has discussed his work on television, with appearances on CNBC, BBC and CNN. Matt gives talks throughout the world on the financing of innovation. At Harvard Matt taught the VCPE (venture capital and private equity) course in the MBA elective curriculum and in executive education programs. He also oversees myriad student ventures and has advised literally hundreds of founders. He was also formerly a finance professor at Columbia University’s Business School where he taught Entrepreneurial Finance.
A graduate of Duke University, Professor Rhodes-Kropf holds a BA in computer science and economics and an MA and Ph.D. in economics. Matt is currently co-chairman of the advisory board for Duke University’s Graduate School.
Founder & Partner
55 Capital Partners, Correlation Ventures, Xenex, Neighborhood Trust, Kymeta and Humantics.
Duke University’s Graduate School. BA in computer science and economics and an MA and Ph.D. in economics from Duke University. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.