Matt Chasen is the founder and a board member at uShip, the world’s largest online transport marketplace for connecting people and businesses with transport companies’ empty truck space. Matt served as uShip’s CEO from the company’s founding in 2003 to December 2016.
While many great companies started in a garage, uShip started in the back of a rent-a-truck. In 2001, Matt and his then-fiancé, Heather, were moving from Seattle to Austin in the U.S. The van he ordered for the trip was sold out, leaving them with a 20-foot, virtually empty truck to drive all the way to Texas, where Matt attended business school.
From the frustration of driving an empty truck the entire distance, Matt was inspired to create an eBay-like shipping platform. This idea eventually became uShip, which ultimately turned into a global company with over $1 billion in transport sales.
In 2016 and 2010, Matt was a finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Central Texas. In 2012, he was named Austin Business Journal Best CEO of 2012 (small company category), and in 2011, he earned top honours in the Austin Under40 business and entrepreneur category. Also in 2011, Matt received the prestigious “Rising Star” Award from the University of Texas, which recognizes professional success of its extensive network of alumni.
Prior to founding uShip, Matt spent five years in business development and engineering roles at The Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash. He helped assess the technical and financial viability of new ventures including broadband in-flight Internet access and a theater ballistic missile defense system. Matt also led the avionics integration effort for the F-22 fighter aircraft and evaluated research proposals for NASA. Matt attended the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his MBA in May 2004. During business school, while turning the uShip idea into reality, Matt interned for the Austin office of Hunt Ventures where he evaluated new investment proposals. In addition to his MBA, Matt has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.