Matthew Roszak is a venture capitalist and blockchain investor, entrepreneur and advocate. He is the chairman and co-founder of Bloq and the creator of Metronome, a next generation cryptocurrency.
Matthew was born in Chicago in 1973. He did his Bachelor in Economics from Lake Forest College. He does not like to talk about his personal life.
2.Career prior to crypto
Matthew likes to invest. He invested 20 years in private equity and venture capital industries. He invested in many startups and IPOs and was involved in a number of various firms. It is estimated that he has invested over $1 billion in a diverse range of industries. According to his Linkedln account his first job was at Keystone Capital Partners in Chicago, where he worked for 4 years. Matthew has been involved with various firms including Advent International, Keystone Capital Partners, Platinum Venture Partners, and SilkRoad Equity.
SilkRoad Equity is a global investment firm and was co-founded by Matthew Roszak and Andrew Filipowski in 2003 and is based in Chicago, Illinois. Matthew is a managing partner of the firm. It has a diversified portfolio of public and private companies which are managed by it for growth and profitability.
SilkRoad invests in different fields such as media and entertainment, healthcare, energy, real estate, science, retail, business service and many more in private and public companies. The firm has invested and acquired more than 200 companies worldwide.
4.Introduction to cryptocurrency
Matthew first got to know about bitcoin in 2011 when one of his portfolio companies in Singapore, looked into bitcoin as a potential payment source. This is when he read Satoshi’s white paper and became intrigued by the potential of bitcoin. A currency which was open, decentralized and secure, was what fascinated Matthew. At that time he was also an investor in Zero Knowledge Systems, a privacy software company, which was founded by Austin Hill, who is now the CEO of Blockstream, a blockchain startup. All these intersections kept pulling him towards crypto and after that he has just been getting deeper into it.
5.Producer and limelight
Mathew was a producer of the industry’s first ever documentary, The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin. Matthew is a sought after leader on bloackchain technology, and has testified as an expert before US Congress and also spoken at the US Federal Reserve. Matthew presented at FinTech conferences worldwide including CES, Money 20/20 and American Banker. Matthew has presented at TEDx, was even featured on CNBC and was quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Bloomberg.
Matthew believed that Bitcoin had the potential to change the world and hence he wasted no time and invested his time and energy, thus leading to the foundation of Tally Capital in 2013. Matthew is the founding partner of Tally Capital, a private investment firm focused on digital assets, currencies and blockchain-enabled technologies with a portfolio of market leading companies including Blockchain Capital, Block.One, Blockstream, Civic, Factom, Binance, Messari, Orchid, Spacechain, tZERO and Qtum.
7.Co-founder of Bloq
Matthew Roszak co-founded Bloq in 2015 with Jeff Garzik, who is a technology visionary and core developer of bitcoin. It has its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Matthew is the chairman of Bloq, a leading blockchain enterprise software company that provides blockchain technology soloutions for global enterprises. Bloq provides an opportunity for leading companies to scale their blockchain platforms with supported software and services. Matthew is the developer of Metronome, the world’s first cross-chain cryptocurrency.
Matthew has 5 current jobs including
- Co-founder & Chairman at Bloq.
- Chairman at Chamber of Digital Commerce.
- Vice-Chairman at MissionMode.
- Founding Partner at Tally Capital
- Co-founder & Chairman at Metronome.
9.Investment in Bitcoin
Matthew started investing in Bitcoin in 2011, and was among the first few entrepreneurs to see the potential of that cryptocurrency. His investment turned out to be one of the best he had made. Mathew invested around $1000 and bought the same amount of bitcoin. Now these bitcoins are worth around $6,321,870. He even invested in some currencies way before their terms existed and this is how he came to invest in Mastercoin, Factom and Maidsafe.
Mathew owns a nonprofit organization BitGive which simply gives bitcoins for free to those who want to enhance public health and save the enviorment. It’s a non-profit foundation that improves philanthropic impact with blockchain technology. Matthew also serves on the board of BitGive.
11.Giving away bitcoins
In 2016, Matthew gifted former President Bill Clinton his first bitcoin. In 2018, Mathew gave Kim Kardashian her very first bitcoin. He says that he even gave Richard Branson his first bitcoin.
12.Chairman of Digital Commerce
Matthew serves as chairman of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the digital asset and blockchain industry. Matthew once said about the chamber’s membership was open to all those investing in and innovating with blockchain technology and is composed of the key blockchain companies, global technology firms, and financial institutions.
He is also the founder of the Token Alliance, an industry-led initiative developing best practices and standards for the responsible issuance of tokens.
13.Founder of Chicago Blockchain center
Matthew is the founder of Chicago Blockchain Center, a public-private partnership, with the state of Illinois. It was founded in 2017.It focuses on blockchain-enabled technologies and provides a platform for education, innovation, and development.
Matthew Roszak net worth is estimated at $900 million – $1 billion.
Matthew has always been a strong and well-seasoned Bitcoin advocate, who believes that Bitcoin would take the world to a whole new level, and he never misses a chance to spread this around. The Wall Street Journal referred to him as the “who’s who in the world of cryptocurrency”. He once quoted “Blockchain technology represents one of the greatest generational opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors” and since then his quote has become famous.