Chris Matthieu

Chris Matthieu

Founder & CEO


Computes, Inc.

Phoenix, AZ USA


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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
My fascination with computers and technology began at 10 years old, when I helped my stepfather build and program a computer.
Inspired by the movie “WarGames,” I decided to build my own version of the wardialer—that entailed hacking into some of AT&T’s computer systems...and getting me into a lot of trouble.
In order to be supportive of my interests, my mom began “loaning” me money to buy new technology, which I would pay off by mowing lawns and doing other chores.
Attended Northern Arizona University, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in business and computer information systems.
After graduating, I got job offers to work for IBM and Accenture—and decided to turn down what I thought was my dream job at IBM in order to work at Accenture.
Got an opportunity to move to Indiana to work for the Hoosier Lottery and later became the chief information officer for the Arizona Lottery.
Started my own company, which automated phone calls for banks and other businesses, and later I began pioneering the use of APIs for the telecom industry.
To date, I have started four companies including Octoblu—which was my stab at building Skynet from the “Terminator” movies—and now Computes, Inc., the world’s first mesh computing platform.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Northern Arizona University
Bachelor
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
Northern Arizona University

Career

Founder & CEO

I am a builder of companies, robots, supercomputers, and motorcycles.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Entrepreneurship
Building Things

Day to Day

At Computes, Inc. we are working on building a global neural net supercomputer with the goal of one day assuming the responsibilities of all computing all over the world and solving the bigger problems we face. To do this, we utilize all of the idle CPUs and GPUs in everyones computers and brings them together to act like one giant computer.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Computer programming is a must. Surround yourself by creative people and learn from them. Patience is huge when solving complex creative problems, but this is something I've always struggled with. I have to continually strive towards being more patient with myself. As a business owner and entrepreneur, be honest with yourself and know when it is time to abandon an idea (or sell it) in order to pursue something else. Always go with your gut. Stay curious.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

Get involved in your school's robotics and IoT STEM programs. Pay attention in your linear algebra math classes - these will be important for your machine learning opportunities. Doing what you love doesn't have to feel like work. Trying to change the world is more of a lifestyle than a job. Everything can be fun and exciting. It is what you make of it...

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"What do you mean you want to build Skynet from the Terminator? That is fiction, you can't do that. "

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Work Stress