Who the hell is Matthew Hotchen?

I build software and talk to people. Sometimes I make money doing these things.

I’m in charge of the backend, data, and infrastructure for Quit Genius. We are an awesome team that provide innovative new techniques in addiction treatment. We have helped more than 60,000 people quit smoking. We have achieved a 53% quit rate in a ramdomised controlled trial for smokers, far higher than any existing smoking cessation methods. We also recently completed an $11,000,000 Series A round. You can find all of this information on a TechCrunch article detailing our Series A.

Previously I was a developer, team lead, and contractor at World First, a foreign exchange brokerage with over $10,000,000,000 per year in transaction volume. Revenue and team growth were both explosive, and two years after my departure the company sold for $700,000,000. You can find this information on a TechCrunch article detailing their sale (I promise I’m not associated with TechCrunch).

I’ve also been a contractor for several years, tried and failed to build a startup helping tailors manage their businesses, worked at a tailoring company attempting (with little success) to bring the industry in to the 21st century, and my first job was as the sole employee at a digital agency working on high profile projects for clients such as News International and Universal Records.