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Meet Matthew Kobach: The Fast Interview

Matthew Kobach, Director of Content Marketing at Fast

Matthew Kobach

Role: Director of Content Marketing

Team: Marketing

Talk about your background leading up to Fast.

I was working at a company called Intercontinental Exchange at the time (the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange), and part of my job was to pitch CEOs on why they should list their company on the NYSE. I had met so many inspiring entrepreneurs that I knew my next job would be in a startup. So I just started looking for  companies that I thought were interesting and had a lot of room to grow.

How did you get to Fast?

I would research startups, find the CEO, and just message them on Twitter. So I reached out to Domm (Holland, Co-Founder and CEO at Fast), and he was kind enough to have the call with me. Before I talked to Domm, I had an idea of what Fast was, but after I talked to him it became crystal clear that this is an aspect of the internet that is broken and that someone is going to fix it. I ended the call with, “if you ever need help with your marketing, let me know.” Fast forward six months later, Domm messaged me and essentially said, “We need help marketing, wanna talk?” A couple of days later, I quit my job and accepted the position here at Fast.

Where did you grow up and what were you like as a child?

I grew up in Wisconsin, and I assume I was annoying as a child. I was very active. I was running around a lot. I never knew  when to shut up or when to sit still. I got in trouble a lot in school, but it was never serious trouble. I would figure out where the line was and I would tiptoe it. I never liked rules that didn't have a good reason for why they existed.

What was your first job?

First job was as a golf caddy, and I absolutely hated it. So I quit doing that, and I started my own business teaching guitar lessons.

What career path did you almost take?

Academia. I thought I was going to be a professor.

What public figure do you admire most and why?

Matthew McConaughey. And the reason I like him is he's got this attitude on life that is relevant no matter what you do. He seems genuinely happy. He seems genuinely satisfied with his life. And I think that should be the goal for all of us.

What app on your phone do you use the most?

Twitter. I’m not even going to open it and look, because I am a hundred percent sure.

What food do you uncontrollably eat?

There is a pizza place where I grew up (Balistreri's) that me and my family would go to. And I just love it. To this day, it's still my favorite pizza. I'm never going to like a pizza more because this pizza has nostalgia built into it. The pieces are super, super tiny, so you can be completely full and still always eat another slice.

Who is your favorite TV or film character?

I just rewatched “Breaking Bad,” so I’ll say Walter White. The reason why is it shows that all of us are good and bad, because life isn’t black and white. We're so much more products of our circumstance than we realize.

What personal goal would you like to achieve in the next five years?

I would love to go back to the New York Stock Exchange with Fast, to have the NYSE pitch us on going public on their exchange. I have been on the opposite end of that interaction and would like to sit on the other side of the table.

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