Principal Consultant, Portfolio Engagement Manager, Catalyst Fund Inclusive Digital Commerce
Matt Grasser is a Principal Consultant at BFA Global. As a seasoned technologist and entrepreneur in the US startup scene, he has founded and served in leadership roles in several NYC-based startups. Since 2015, he has turned his attention to the set of global issues surrounding underserved and otherwise vulnerable populations. In particular, he has been keen to work on some of the more pressing challenges in the financial and social inclusion spaces that can be addressed via mindful, human-centric, and augmentative applications of technology, data science, and lean product design tools. Examples include his development of an Innovation Gallery for highlighting the accessibility of modern transformative technologies like computer vision, machine learning, and geospatial intelligence; acceleration of Fintech startups via targeted coaching, technical development, and training; and introduction of a new generation of RegTech/SupTech solutions to empower authorities in the modern era.
Matt holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and was pursuing a Ph.D. in Physics when he withdrew to focus efforts on his growing startups: Bytemark, an international mobile payments and ticketing platform; and LDLN, a post-disaster-oriented Locally Distributed Logistics Network that empowers "dark" communities without requiring an external power grid or internet/cellular infrastructure.