Matt Allen ⚡️ 🚘  🚀

I am a Geek.

I'm a developer, a connector, an investor and an advisor.

After growing up in Sydney, Aprill and I moved our family to Melbourne in December 2013.


Since then it's been 📈

MADE WITH ♥️ IN MELBOURNE

"Matt is the reason my co-founder and I are where we are today, and he was pivotal in giving us the right guidance when we needed him"

KEITH PITT - CEO & FOUNDER - BUILDKITE.COM

AMAZON WEB SERVICES

STARTUP BUSINESS DEV

2017 - PRESENT

I get paid to mentor startups through the roller-coaster ride of a launching a business, building their technology architecture, and raising capital.

LOOKAHEAD SEARCH

DIRECTOR

2013 - 2017

Director of Lookahead Search in Melbourne. Focussed on Ruby, JavaScript and Technical Exec positions.

PERCY.IO

INVESTOR

2017 - PRESENT

Invested in percy.io alongside some other amazing angel investors.

SPACESHIP FINANCIAL

SEED INVESTOR

2016 - PRESENT

Spaceship is a Superannuation fund based in Australia that's products have a bias towards tech stocks.

HAVA.IO

LEAD INVESTOR

2016 - PRESENT

Led the seed round in hava.io with BlackBird. Hava.io visualises cloud infrastructure. Investor & advisor

TAGGD.CO

ANGEL INVESTOR

2015 - PRESENT

Helped Taggd get started with their development partner. Now am an advisor & mentor.

GYDE.TV

ANGEL INVESTOR

2015 - PRESENT

Invested in the first round of gyde.tv. Gyde is your universal watchlist.

BUILDKITE.COM

LEAD INVESTOR

2014 - PRESENT

Led the seed round in buildkite.com, along with a small group of technical investors. Buildkite helps software teams deploy their code as fast and securely as possible.

PRACTICEIGNITION.COM

ANGEL INVESTOR

2012 - PRESENT

Participated in round one and two of PracticeIgnition.com after building the original version and launching it at Xerocon.

PIN.NET.AU

ANGEL INVESTOR

2012 - PRESENT

Participated in round one of pin.net.au. Pin is Australia's best payment platform aimed at developers.

DEVELOPER

PHP, RUBY

1996 - NOT NOW

My first commercial web code was written in 1996, but the first code I wrote for the web was in 1993. Yeah, that was a long time ago.

Let's go: matt@allen.com.au

Being a founder is hard. Matt doesn’t sugar coat the tough parts, but he did help me see the big picture and where my strengths were so that I stayed focused on the right things. He challenged me to think bigger and mapped out steps for me to keep moving forward. He’s always asking, “What’s next?” He’s great at helping me manage expectations up front rather than dealing with frustrations and disappointment later. Matt is a great communicator and helped me to voice the thoughts I needed to share with my co-founder.

- Lisa Cumes.

Startups are hard. I know because I've founded 4, invested in 10 more and advised countless others over the past 20 years. The single biggest threat to early-stage startup success is the relationship between the founding team.


I help founders navigate expectations & egos with a focus on leadership.


  • $1,000AUD / month for the first founder.
  • $500AUD / month for each after the first.
  • 1 hour remote video per week @ 7am.
  • Unlimited text.

Founder Coaching

Phone: +61 413 777 771

Matt "Matta" Allen

Level 2

520 Bourke St

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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