I'm the co-founder of Zylie & Friends, a new take on a traditional children's toy company. We make plush characters, accessories and content that teach kids about the spirit of adventure, inspiring kids to get off the couch or screen and explore. We've been featured on The TODAY Show, in Fast Company and did a TEDx talk, among many other things, and are sold in over 600 Toys"R"Us stores, on QVC and Amazon.

Since I started the company with my mother, I have the unique pleasure of answering the "what do you do" question with the more than slightly off-putting answer, "Oh me? I make teddy bears with my mom. What do you do?"

I also advise and help other startups as much as I can, try to read a book a week and send out a newsletter about the latest startup and technology trends and news.

When I turn off my phone and computer, you can find me rock climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, or playing drums in a super fun cover band.

Give me a shout on the Twitter, or at matt [at] adventurebacked [dot] com