portrait (c) Yarrow Kraner

As you’ve probably already guessed from the domain name,

I’m Matthew Schutte.

I am drawn to complex challenges that include:

surfing 50 foot waves at Mavericks

rethinking the role of privacy in a society

architecting a more useful structure for the internet


guiding enterprise organizations through changes to their structure and processes that will allow them to adapt and thrive in an age of rapid change.

I tend to focus on projects that satisfy two goals:

  1. they feel like they will have a significant impact on the world &
  2. the process of taking them on will be a whole lot of fun

There is a balance, of course. Some activities make more of an impact and others are simply unbridled entertainment.  I’m not sure how much of an impact on the world paddling into a big wave has, but somehow, for that brief moment in time, all of the mental clutter seems to disappear as every ounce of my being becomes focused on making the drop.  Plus, facing your own mortality on a somewhat regular basis makes all the heady stuff seem that much less consequential … and thus easy to take on.