Matt Peterson has over 20 years of technical and operations experience, spanning web start-ups to access ISP networks to non-profit internet infrastructure. His expertise includes data center deployments, IP network architecture, and systems management in a variety of field scenarios.
Matt was the first DevOps hire at Square, served as the Director of Infrastructure for Tumblr, and later led the Customer Engineering team at Cumulus Networks. Outside of his work with start-ups, he has also frequently consulted on a variety of temporary and remote network deployments around the world. Over the past 5 years, Matt returned to his dial-up career roots and has supported various organizations deploying fiber & wireless access networks. He has a particular interest in challenging network builds, which has led him to deserts, islands, and connectivity-stranded countries for deployments.
Outside of his responsibilities as the Investments Technical Lead at Connect Humanity, Matt continues to support the San Francisco Metropolitan Internet Exchange (SFMIX), a 501(c)12 cooperative non-profit internet exchange that he founded in 2006. In 2021, he also began volunteer work with the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center Company (ITDRC) to provide emergency connectivity infrastructure in support of the response to the Dixie Fire, California’s single largest wildfire to date.