My name is Matt Henderson. I’m a founder at Makalu, a personal finance author and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. This is my website, where I’ve been writing since 2003.

Background—Originally from Atlanta, I studied engineering at Georgia Tech. With an interest in Europe—and a Spanish girlfriend—I did graduate work at Georgia Tech’s campus in France, and then went to work at the European Space Agency in Germany. I now share time between the US and Spain—enjoying the warm climate, friendly people and amazing diversity of Andalucia.

Business—While living in Germany, I founded an aerospace engineering company called MakaluMedia GmbH, which was later acquired. Passionate about the potential of the internet, I founded an American company called Makalu Interactive that has built products for brands like Google and Virgin America, as well as apps like RaceSplitter and Rego. Our latest, ChessDrop is a private, cloud-based personal chess games database.

Investing—Disciplined investing from an early age facilitated key opportunities in my life. To help others achieve the same, I wrote a small book that teaches the principles in a way that anyone can understand and follow—Money for Something. And most recently, I’ve gotten involved in seed-stage start-up investing, and the exciting new world of crowd-funded real estate investing.

Interests—Cycling, hiking and chess are activities I enjoy, and I’m a fan of the Paleo diet and P90x for health and fitness. I’m a three-time European gold medalist in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art in which I received my black belt in 2011.

Elsewhere—I’m on Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn and AngelList. I frequently complain about things at Rantbox.

I enjoy living off the beaten path, exploring the diverse experiences and cultures the world has to offer. I value simplicity and authenticity. If you’d like to get in touch, don’t hesitate to write and say hello, or jump right into the content.