Matt attended Cornell University, receiving a bachelor's degree in political science, in 1994. During college, he became involved in MUDs, especially Batmud, where he was an implementor named Wiz. In 1996, he founded Iron Realms Entertainment and became lead designer and producer of Achaea. In 1997, he pioneered the Virtual Assets Model, holding auctions for virtual weapons and armor in Achaea. In 2007, he broke off of IRE and founded Sparkplay Media, and started to create Earth Eternal, a 3D MMORPG currently in development.