Matter Portfolio

Our growing portfolio now comprises 8 classes and 6 seed investments, a total of 73 companies. We choose the companies we invest in through a rigorous screening process that selects the brightest and the best mission-driven teams. These entrepreneurs have done some truly incredible things since completing our accelerator program. Want to follow in their footsteps? Apply now.

Matter Team

Corey Ford
Managing Partner

Corey co-founded Matter in 2012 with the mission of using the startup accelerator model to drive innovation in media. He sees a lot of overlap between his job leading Matter and his early days as a documentary film producer, “at the hub of a creative wheel.” Corey began his career in public broadcasting as a producer on 17 films for the PBS/WGBH series FRONTLINE, winning an Emmy and a duPont-Columbia Gold Baton Award. He earned an MBA at Stanford and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to Matter, he built Runway, a pre-team, pre-idea incubator for entrepreneurs at Innovation Endeavors, and taught design thinking innovation at the Institute of Design at Stanford University.

Roxann Stafford
Director of Program (NYC)

Roxann brings together the worlds of social impact and design thinking. In her previous role as Director of Design and Learning at the innovation agency SecondMuse, she worked with partners such as Google and the UN on issues from Internet Freedom to civic innovation and disaster relief. She has extensive international experience identifying big system problems in regions from the Pacific Islands to the Caribbean, and cultivating opportunities for entrepreneurship to solve those issues. Roxann has been named a tech innovator by NPR, for whom she is a commentator on diversity and innovation. She previously worked at Jump Associates, and has guest lectured at Stanford’s School of Engineering. She has an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Pete Mortensen
Director of Program (SF)

Pete hails from Midland, Michigan. Like many in the city, his grandfather was a chemist, but Pete set his sights on working in the print media from an early age. His degree courses at Northwestern University included Machiavellian Shakespeare and Literary Journalism. After a spell on a daily newspaper in Michigan, Pete moved to California’s wine country and covered rock/paper/scissor competitions. An Apple junkie, he went on to write for and Cult of Mac and co-authored the award-winning book, Wired to Care. Prior to joining Matter in January 2016, Pete worked for innovation consulting firm, Jump Associates, and with an entrepreneurial team at Jetpack Consulting. Pete likes comic books, running marathons, hanging out with his baby daughter, and brewing dirty craft beer in his kitchen.


This is a powerful set of partners. More than half of the world sees news from the Associated Press every day. CNHI reaches more than 130 communities throughout the United States. A. H. Belo covers Texas with The Dallas Morning News and other media properties. McClatchy operates media companies in 28 U.S. markets in 14 states and owns iconic brands such as The Miami Herald, The (Raleigh) News and Observer, and The Kansas City Star. KQED has the most listened-to public radio station in the nation and is one of the most trusted brands in the Bay Area. Knight Foundation has leveraged its $2.2B endowment to become the leading institution supporting and connecting media innovators inside and outside traditional media organizations. PRX, named one of the world’s ten most innovative media companies, operates public radio’s largest distribution marketplace, offering thousands of audio stories for broadcast and digital use. Google News Lab joins Matter as its first technology partner, leveraging Google’s vast tech expertise and resources to double down on media innovation. Google for Entrepreneurs empowers entrepreneurs around the world through its programs, partnerships, and products. In more than 160 years of publishing, The New York Times has won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other news organization. Tamedia is Switzerland’s largest private media group.

Advisory Board

Andy Pergam


Jim Kennedy

The Associated Press

Matthew Ipsan

Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.

Nicki Purcell

A. H. Belo Corporation

Steve Grove

Google News Lab

Shazna Nessa

The Knight Foundation

Tim Olson


Kerri Hoffman


Malcolm Casselle

Tribune Publishing

Nick Rockwell

The New York Times

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