Matt Gartland

Co-founder, SPI Labs


Please provide a personal bio for other members to get to know you

I’m an entrepreneur in Columbus, OH. I sold my content/creative agency at the end of 2018, which marks the end of my 7-year agency career. During that time, I was co-owner/COO in an e-commerce agency that I exited in 2017. And somewhere in there, because I’m crazy, I did some independent consulting with DTC retail brands. Before all of that, I was in enterprise IT with Johnson and Johnson leading digital innovation teams, which totally feels like a lifetime ago :nerd_face: Today, I’m COO/CFO of Smart Passive Income (SPI), which some of you may know. Pat Flynn and I have been friends for a long while. And he was one of our bigger clients. We finally tied the knot and joined forces.

Please provide an overview of the project(s) you'll be focusing on for the next 12 weeks as part of Unreal Collective.

I’m here because I need help figuring out a new “thing” that can serve as the conduit to giving back to the entrepreneurial community (with an emphasis on the local Columbus community). I care a lot about helping/advising founders build companies that run smoothly, grow intentionally, and add value to everyone they touch. It’s more than just coaching to me; I’ve benefited from deep, real mentorship in my career and want mentorship to be the spirit of whatever it is that emerges from this process.