The 2010s was the decade of the Entrepreneur. The 2020s will be the decade of the Investor

What to expect:

In my posts I tackle questions and topics about Startup Investing that are on my mind and might be on yours.

What readers are saying:

“I love Matthew’s newsletters. They’re my go-to source for when I’m trying to think outside the box. Also was the inspiration for me to start dipping my toe in the world of angel investing”

“The trusted relationships Matthew has developed over the last 10 years with the investment community enables him to dive into their personal motivations, views and aspirations better than anyone else. This means through his podcast and articles I can learn from insights not usually shared”

“Matthew's articles are a real highlight of my week; each one leaves me a little wiser and always with a smile on my face”

“A fresh perspective on angel investing from someone who has spent a lot of time with founders building the 9others community”

“A remarkably unique perspective on investing and startups”

About me:

I am a Co-founder of the 9others entrepreneurs' network and an Angel Investor in some amazing startups.

  • Established in 2011, 9others has now grown to a network of over 5,000+ entrepreneurs in 45+ cities around the world. We meet over a meal and help each other solve the challenges that are keeping us up at night.

  • I have hosted a meal with 9others in London every month since December 2011.

  • I started getting ‘sweat equity’ from Nick Wheeler (founder of Charles Tyrwhitt) in some startups back in 2012 when he invested in entrepreneurial students who started startups.

  • In 2016 I raised two investment funds from a successful Malaysian entrepreneur who wanted to invest in great UK startups. The funds were fully deployed in 2017.

  • In 2018 I set-up mtrx syndicate.

  • When I invest my own money into a startup I sometimes syndicate the opportunity.

  • My full portfolio is here and my focus is investing in Star Founders who are running Star Businesses.

Before all that, I worked in technology for RBS, The Bank of New York and others, studied Computer Science at Durham University and I have an MBA from Imperial College Business School.

Away from work live in rural Hertfordshire with my family, follow Formula 1 and run ultra marathons like The Wall in 2022 and I’ll tackle the Marathon des Sables in 2023.

Above: Meals with 9others around the world, 2011 - 2020

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The 2020s will be the decade of the Startup Investor. This is my quest for wealth, wisdom and enlightenment.


Matthew Stafford
Co-founder of @9others, planter of oak trees & investor in startups.