I’m Matthew Sullivan, and this is Hooked on Startups, the show where I chat with some of the most talented, inspiring and successful entrepreneurs who talk about their real life stories, overcoming challenges and failures, and mastering success. Get ready for some of the best business tips, tricks and tactics and some frank, unscripted discussions.
I’m originally from London in the UK and have lived in Orange County, California since 2014. I have a strong entrepreneurial background in finance, telecoms and technology and am the founder and CEO of Crowdventure.com, an equity and real estate crowdfunding platform. I’m also the co-founder of two US based real estate funds – the $30m Secured Real Estate Income Fund, LLC and Secured Real Estate Income Strategies, LLC (a $50m Regulation A+ real estate debt fund).
I studied law at Birmingham University in the UK and my first real job was as a London based stockbroker in the late 1980s. I specialised in the Far East markets, and I travelled widely across the whole South East Asian region as part of my job.
Even though I had a brilliant job, I knew I had a burning ambition to be my own boss and run my own company.
When I was 24 I left my stockbroking job to setup my own business, importing and selling air purifiers from the US through a network marketing model. I’ll spare you the details, but suffice to say it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be and I ended up with a garage full of air purifiers. But I loved every minute and I learned an enormous amount.
Over the past 25 years I’ve been involved in a whole range of businesses and have founded companies in a number of sectors primarily in real estate, telecoms, technology and finance. I’ve travelled the world and have setup and run companies in the UK, India, Australia and now the US.
In the late 90’s I spent a number of years working alongside Richard Branson and his corporate finance team and was involved in a number of high profile Virgin projects, including the Virgin Global Challenger – the first attempt to fly around the world in a hot air balloon. I was involved in the creation of the Virgin Clothing Company, Virgin Cosmetics, Virgin Helicopters, Virgin Executive Jets and a number of other Virgin companies and was appointed a director and Trustee of Virgin’s London Air Ambulance service in London.
In 2014 I moved to Orange County, California. In 2017 I married my Californian sweetheart and we have two young sons and a step daughter. I also have four wonderful children from my previous marriage, and they live in England.
Over the years I’ve met some of the most impressive, passionate, dedicated professionals. I’ve also met some truly amazing people since I moved to the US, and they have become my friends as well as my business partners.
So, I’ve been an entrepreneur for almost thirty years. On this podcast I’ll be talking about all the things that I and my guests have learned over the years and I hope you pick up some advice that’s really useful to you.
We have a lot of tales to tell and I’m really looking forward to it.
See you on the show!