Business 100 – 2015

Matt Galligan/Product

Matt Galligan is a serial entrepreneur and product designer based in San Francisco. He currently leads a product design and strategy practice, consulting with companies to bridge the gap between idea and execution. Previously Matt had co-founded three companies: Circa, SimpleGeo, and Socialthing. Most recently, Galligan and Circa

co-founder Ben Huh hatched the idea of a mobile-native news operation in 2011. The company built a new kind of technology-driven media organization that reimagined how news content could be created, delivered, and consumed. Through the nearly four years Circa was in operation it won numerous awards and accolades, including being given App of the Year recognition in 2013 by both Apple’s App Store and Android Play Store, as well as being the subject of Wired’s cover story in December 2014. Many of the innovations they pioneered have now been adopted by some of the biggest players of the news industry.

In addition to Matt’s current role, he is a mentor for TechStars and the Highway1 Accelerator, as well as an advisor to several startups including ScoreStream, Memoir, and Untappd.