Director of Communications | Holo

Matthew is the Director of Communications for Holo, where his team has created a new framework for truly peer-to-peer applications. Their Holochain architecture puts each user in control of their data, their applications, and the way those applications connect to one another. Matthew speaks about the ways that this new user-centered approach to digital communication enables more innovative and adaptable organizations. Inspired by the design patterns of natural living systems, Holochain applications are faster, more scalable and 10,000 times cheaper than Blockchain approaches.  


The first “killer app” being built on Holochain is Holo, an incentive hosting marketplace where anyone with spare computing capacity can earn crypto-currency by providing processing and storage services to other users.  Hosts can run Holo in the background on their laptop or can dedicate a full machine such as a HoloPort to perform work on Holo.

Holochain’s lightweight infrastructure allows for economically viable accounting for microtransactions such as the small “pay to compute” transactions common in the Holo system. Holo launched a 60 day $200k crowdfunding campaign on December 5th and passed their goal within the first 4 days, becoming the top trending project on Indiegogo in the process. Alongside that crowdfund, Holo will also launch a $2.5 million Initial Community Offering in January 2018.

Prior to Holo, Matthew graduated from Berkeley Law School, served as the managing director of an angel investment firm, and has given talks on topics such as “How to Balance Privacy and Transparency in a Digitally Connected World.” In addition, Matthew works on the design of distributed identity infrastructures and occasionally surfs 50 foot waves at the world-famous Mavericks in Northern California.

My Sessions

Designing digital currencies that go far beyond money

When creating new systems, it is so tempting to simply re-implement the invisible architectures of the existing order.  Today, money is one of the primary tools that humans use for coordinating our activities. In this workshop, we are going to practice designing a variety of non-monetary current-sees to help recognize contributions — and foster particular […]