Director of Innovation

Before Matt started LiveMosaic, he worked for a start up called Integral Wave. (Integral Wave didn’t make it past some stage of funding and I’m not remembering right now what product they made.) I believe that Matt did there what he had done before, what he was best at, strategic planning and chip architecture. His title was Director of Strategic Innovation. I remember laughing with him that it was the best title ever.

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Nanos

I discovered this video one day when I was going through the box of Matt’s stuff from work. (It was a small box and I had just left it under a table in the office for a long time.) It was on a nano that Matt had purchased at the mall, apparently with the kids because he proceeded to sit them down with a smoothie and try it out. At first, I thought I must not have been there, but now I think I was just doing my own shopping. So this video from September 2009 is quite a treasure found.

I was going to write about how Matt purchased every Apple Nano ever made. About how he often purchased them for work for research purposes and then put them back together to use at home. I think he just wanted to hold the product in his hand because he had the vision for it before it ever existed even though he wasn’t the one who got to see it through.

Then I started thinking about Matt sitting down with the kids with a smoothie and taking a video of them and talking to them and how this video is just so Matt as a dad. I love seeing him and the kids in a moment where it is just them.

Matt's Words

on LinkedIn:

I have extensive experience leading teams that build innovative products. In the past I have worked on multimedia semiconductor systems on a chip, embedded multimedia firmware, RF receivers, digital basebands, digital power conversion, multimedia web applications and software planning for the enterprise space. I speak architect, strategic marketing, ASIC engineer, software developer and a web developer.

Specialties: Value innovation, strategy, leadership, marketing and getting down in the trenches to get things done.

Downloaded

I don’t know that Matt was afraid of death; I would say more that he was offended by the fact that we have to die. As an engineer, death was a problem that should have a solution. Matt’s solution was a hope that at some point in the future (preferably before his own death) we would be able to download a person’s brain to a computer so that he could live forever. My experience, and maybe Matt’s too after his parents died, has been that his brain was “downloaded.” It’s just that the computer happens to be my own brain, the brains of his children and the brains of everyone who knew him, a distributed network.

I also can’t help but feel like LiveMosaic is about as close as it comes to Matt’s brain being downloaded into a digital computer. It is the code that he wrote to build the system, the corporate site, www.livemosaic.com, that promoted his vision as well as all of the stories, photos and videos of him and that he created on our own family website, www.hensons.us.