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Hi, I'm Kevin Matz.

I'm a generalist with many interests. My background is in computing, and I'm usually involved in software and web projects. My current interests include technology startups, product management, requirements analysis, software design and specification, usability, and managing software projects and teams.

I spent several years as an engineering/product manager at a small software company in Canada, and I have recently moved to the Netherlands to earn an MBA at the University of Amsterdam.

Very long-term, my interests lie in writing and publishing, and eventually I'd like to make a transition into becoming a full-time author, writing non-fiction books on both software- and management-related subjects as well as more interesting topics like politics, history, and even self-help.

My first book, Designing Usable Apps, has been published, and I'm already at work on my next book project (to be announced).

Previously, I founded Winchelsea Systems Ltd. and launched an early beta of ChapterLab, a niche-market word processing and project management app for book authors and academics. This project is currently on hold, but I have a vision for shaping this further into the ideal writing environment I've always wanted, and I believe there is a decent market opportunity here for a full-featured product that really tackles the big pain points that authors face during major writing projects. I'd love to get back into working on it again.

Prior to moving to Amsterdam, I was based in Victoria, BC, Canada, where I enjoyed the scenery, outdoors activities, and slightly calmer pace of life on Vancouver Island. Earlier, I enjoyed living the expat lifestyle in Düsseldorf and Munich, Germany, where I worked for Capgemini's German IT consulting subsidiary (at that time called Capgemini sd&m) for six years.

Outside of work and my own projects, I enjoy hiking with friends, running, weightlifting, foreign languages, Finnish music, the demoscene, comedy, late nights, take-out food, reading diversely, and being one of those annoying people who likes to brag about not owning a television.

  • Born: 1979
  • Citizenship: Canadian
  • Academic credentials: BSc Computer Science (University of Victoria), MSc Software Development (The Open University, UK); MBA in progress (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
  • Languages: English (native), German (fluent but gradually atrophying), Dutch (basic-intermediate)