Matt Barrie Biography
Robert Matthew “Matt” Barrie (born 16 August 1973) is an Australian technology entrepreneur. He is the chief executive officer of Freelancer.com, a global online freelancing and crowdsourcing marketplace. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Sydney where he teaches classes in computer and network security since 2001 and technology venture creation since 2010.
Barrie is the co-author of more than 20 US patent applications.
Fast Facts You Need to Know
|Born||16 August 1973
|Education||University of Sydney
|Occupation||Founder and chief executive|
|Known for||Entrepreneur, outsourcing|
Matt Barrie Early life, Education, Career
In 1997 he was admitted to Stanford University, from which he completed a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1998. After graduation, he worked as a security advisor at the information security company Security, which was then taken over by Kroll-O’Gara. At Kroll-O’Gara, Barrie acquired Ken Williams’ popular information security website, Packetstorm.
After returning to Australia in 2000, he worked as a venture capitalist for the boutique company Innovation Capital before founding Sensory Networks, a network security company where he served as chief executive from 2001 to 2006. In 2013, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) acquired sensory networks.
Barrie holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a diploma in applied finance from FINSIA. He is a graduate of the EPGC (2005) and Stanford Executive Program (2011) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia (FIEAust).
In 2012, Barrie graduated from Singularity University’s Executive Program (EP).
Matt Barrie Wife – Matt Barrie Married
Matt is married to Ashley Monts Barrie. The couple got married on June 26, 2019. In 2019 during their nine-year anniversary he posted a series of photos of themselves with the caption;
“6.26.10 @ashleymbarrie and I said “I do.” And for the last 9-years I get kissed in every. single. picture. And 100% of the time in makes us laugh. And that’s why 9-years seems like yesterday. It’s always been honeymoon fun.”
Matt Barrie Freelancer.com
In 2009, Barrie founded Freelancer.com, an online outsourcing marketplace. In March 2015, the company said it had over fourteen million registered users and completed seven million projects. In 2011, the company reportedly had sales of $ 35 million and was valued between $ 100 and $ 250 million by Deloitte.
The company has received a number of awards, including two awards for employment at the 15th Annual Webby Awards and People’s Voice for Employment at the 16th Annual Webby Awards.
Barrie often speaks on technology and entrepreneurship. In 2011, he was one of nineteen speakers at SXSW. He was the keynote speaker at conferences such as The Next Web, Summit Series and CEBIT.
In September 2013, Barrie declined an acquisition of Japan’s Recruit Co. Ltd. for AU $ 430 million (US $ 400 million) for Freelancer.com. Recruit Co declined to comment or confirm Freelancer.com’s offer.
In November 2013, Barrie Freelancer Limited (ASX: FLN) placed on the Australian Stock Exchange, which with a market capitalization of AU $ 1.1 billion (US $ 1.03 billion) was the third largest stock exchange opening ever (for a listing of more than a) opened listing in the seed stage).
Matt Barrie ESPN
Matt joined ESPN in March 2013 where he anchors SportsCenter:AM and other studio programs. He also hosts SportsCenter on the Road programs from various locations around the country. In 2019 he was named studio host for college football Saturdays alongside Joey Galloway and Jesse Palmer. He also calls college football games on ESPN networks. He also co-hosts ESPN golf podcast Matty and the Caddie with ESPN.com’s Michael Collins.
Matt Barrie Carley McCord
Matt was criticised after the death of Carley McCord after referring to her death as a “distraction” ahead of the College Football Playoff semifinal in Atlanta.
“Certainly our thoughts and prayers with coach and his family, as he gets to do his job and try to put away the distraction of losing his daughter-in-law just hours before kickoff.”
Annie Apple, the mother of Saints cornerback and former Giant Eli Apple tweeted; “I know your job is to talk about the game but in moments like these is when your humanity should kick in. Death of his daughter in law is not ‘a distraction..’. Just say ‘Ensminger will be coaching with a heavy heart today..’ Producers, help dude fix this.”
Alex Kirshner, college football writer tweeted; Let’s not refer to an LSU assistant coach losing one of his children in a plane crash as a ‘distraction’ from the football game at hand. The football game is the distraction, not the death of a child.”
Matt Barrie Instagram
Awards and recognition
In 2006 Barrie won the New South Wales Pearcey Award for his contribution to the IT & T industry. He is a notable graduate of the University of Sydney, who won the 2010 Alumnus of the Year Award for the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science.
In 2010 Barrie was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Dynamic Business Magazine. In 2011 he was named BRW founder of the year. This year he also won the Technology Division for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
In 2011, Barrie was named one of the 10 Most Influential People in Australian IT by the International Business Times. In 2012 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in Sydney by Sydney Magazine, one of the 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia and 2012 Man of Influence by Men’s Style Magazine.
Barrie was profiled in Good Weekend by two-time Walkley Award winner Greg Bearup.
In 2012, Barrie was selected by Linkedin as one of the “150 global influencers”, a selection of thought leaders whose articles are published on the social network, including Barack Obama, Richard Branson, David Cameron and Deepak Chopra.
In 2013, he was named the Top 10 Australian Entrepreneurs by Smart Company, Young Technology Entrepreneur of the Year from News Limited, and Engineers Australia’s 100 Most Influential Engineers. In 2013, he was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Engineers Australia Excellence Awards Sydney.
In 2014, Smart Company magazine named him the most influential technology person in Australia. He was also voted one of the top 100 most influential engineers by Engineers Australia.