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Matt Alexander’s Oct. ’16 Darling Digital Startup Acquisition
March 15, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm| $20 - $75
Educated at Southern Methodist University, Matt Alexander graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction) in English Literature. He also pursued studies in History, Computer Science (Honors), and Law.
Following his graduation in May 2010, Matt dabbled in the corporate world at Southwest Airlines. In November 2011, in his spare time, he began producing a blog, OneThirtySeven — an outlet for his fascination with technology, design, and the written word. He was no stranger to this form of writing, having produced GCDemos.com between 2001 and 2004 — a weblog with a readership of 1.5 million unique visitors per month.
In April 2012, catalyzed by the growing popularity of OneThirtySeven, Matt left Southwest Airlines and launched a boutique consultancy firm, Construct. Whilst there, he worked with the likes of Uber, American Express, and Ernst & Young.
In 2013, Matt sold Construct and founded Edition Collective, a company devoted to the development of sustainable, dignified, and unique e-commerce concepts. Its portfolio included Imprint (formerly Need), an award-winning men’s retailer and lifestyle publication, and Foremost, a small-batch, affordable, and American-made brand.
Matt raised $1.5 million in seed capital from top investors in the US and Europe for Edition Collective and its respective properties. In doing so, the company grew rapidly and picking up a number of awards on the way.
Edition Collective was acquired by Q Fifty One, parent of Q Clothier and Rye 51, in October 2016. In the aftermath, Matt became President & CEO of a new spin-off company, Q Fifty One Digital.
Outside of his day to day, Matt has been named one of the top Texans under 30 in 2016, top five faces of technology in 2015, named twice as one of Dallas’ most fashionable people, and been selected as a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award. He also serves as a mentor for a variety of incubators and accelerators.