Mat Clayton

CTO, co-Founder, Mixcloud

Mat is a co-founder of Mixcloud and as CTO, he heads up the technical development of the site and shares the CEO duties with his co-founders.

Before Mixcloud, Mat worked on a variety of systems and control projects, ranging from biometric monitoring for Electronic Arts to Zigbee based wireless data capture systems for the oil industry and developed a range of successful Facebook applications, including Sponsor Me, and Become Rambo – was awarded best Viral Application by the Facebook Developer Garage London.

In his spare time, Mat enjoys playing squash, rock climbing and motor biking.

By the Numbers: 0, 5, 15,000,000, $11,500,000

Mat bootstrapped Mixcloud over ten years with a total team of five to build an audio streaming business with 15,000,000 MAUs. Whilst convinced that if Mixcloud had taken early funding, the company took $11.5 million funding from a little known investor in 2018. Mat will share some of the things that helped him to create such an effective bootstrapped operation and how, after a decade, Mixcloud decided the time was right to find an investor who could bring value beyond cash to take the business.

You will leave with ideas you can use to get more from small teams, how you can use data to inform your product development decisions and some of the critical considerations you should consider when the time comes to find an investor that can bring value beyond capital.