Matthew Brimer is an entrepreneur, community builder, and instigator of creative mischief. He is Co-Founder of General Assembly, where he supports GA's global efforts around social impact, alumni community engagement, and partnership development. He has worn many hats at GA, cultivating the organization’s early community of startups and entrepreneurs, establishing critical global partnerships to expand the brand, and starting GA’s enterprise corporate training business. Most recently, Brimer launched GA's philanthropic arm, Opportunity Fund, so that anyone willing to work hard and follow their passions can have a meaningful career pursuing work they love. Brimer is also Co-Founder of Daybreaker, a global community and lifestyle brand producing conscious morning experiences around the world. What began as a social experiment and art project, Daybreaker now aims to create an entirely new genre of experience, fueling a worldwide movement to increase mindfulness, camaraderie, wellness, self-expression, and mischief. Brimer also serves as an advisor to a handful of startups, including Common, Fluent City , ZZ Driggs, and Lightmatter. Prior to all this, Brimer consulted on digital education strategy for Yale University, freelanced in web design, worked for Apple as a campus rep, and served frozen custard. In college he founded two startups, one building team-based games powered by rivalries (PickTeams), and another curating and selling antique furniture (Aloysius Properties), both of which proved to be more educational than profitable. Brimer has been named to Rolling Stone’s “17 Young Innovators Shaking Up the Music Industry,” Vanity Fair’s "The Next Establishment", Forbes “30 Under 30”, Inc. Magazine’s "30 Under 30", and Business Insider’s "Silicon Alley 100”. Brimer holds a BA in Sociology from Yale, loves a proper dance party, and lives with his beautiful girlfriend Whitney in Brooklyn.
An interview with Half & Twice Studio (April 2017) - "Matthew O. Brimer has the enviable ability of being able to switch between roles. From creative to entrepreneur, he’s co-founded two companies that, since their inception, have continued to grow and flourish across the globe. For someone who seems so focused and organized, it’s inspiring to find out that, deep down, he’s a dreamer. And his adventurous spirit and approach to life and business is pretty intoxicating."
From Games to Education to Morning Dance Parties: Lessons Learned from the Field (Lean Startup 2016)
17 Innovators Shaking Up the Music Industry (Rolling Stone)