"Never Stop Learning, Never Stop Hustling..."
Matthew Harper is a retired 20 year Naval Officer now working in Venture Capital with extensive crisis and global leadership, management and public speaking experience. He is currently the Director Entrepreneur Services at VentureMoney an investment management company in San Diego.
- Decorated for leadership after the terrorist attack on USS Cole in Aden Yemen, a speech writer for the 4-Star Commanding General of US Africa Command, an award winning published author on U.S.-Chinese Political, Military and Economic relations and a Masters Degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.
- With years of speaking and leadership experience that began with joining and then running his high school and college debate teams to representing multiple military commands as their organizational presenter, he can engage, captivate, understand and most importantly connect with audiences from around the world, small groups to auditorium size audiences on the subjects of change leadership and management to working and succeeding in large complex organizations or understanding of how an individual makes it on their own.
- Transitioned into Venture Capital after 20 years of military service. Can talk about the challenges of transitioning out of the military and avoid the typical government contracting or defense contracting type jobs.
Previous speaking events include:
- UCSD Rady Business School Veteran Ventures: "Veteran Entrepreneurs"
- Accion Business BootCamp, "Access to Capital"
- Veterans Entrepreneur Summit, "Where's the Money?"
- Corporate Alliance, San Diego, Jump Start: "Crisis Leadership"
- International Patrol Craft Conference, Dublin Ireland: "Combined Maritime Forces and Counter Piracy"
- MIT Society of Naval Engineers "USS COLE Terrorist Attack and its Aftermath"
- US Africa Command insight for Ambassadors from 15+ African Countries
- US Africa Command insight for US Ambassadors to sub-Saharan Africa
- US Africa Command insight and overview for Secretary of the Navy
Panel Speaking Events
- Veterans Transition, Corporate Alliance, San Diego
- SD State University ZIP Launchpad, Selection Panel
- SD Business Pitch Competition, Selection Panel