I’m Matthew Hannus.
Co-founder and CEO of a new mobile fiction platform – Bound. After over a decade in the game business, I am really excited to get Bound launched. It started out as an experimental project at echoseven labs and has turned into something that we think it going to shake up how you think about prose fiction.
I love hanging with my family. I like being around people doing their own thing. I hate running. Chicago sports fan. I love the Illini. Believer in natural rights. I hope to start a country one day. Some people assume I am quiet, boring, or shy, without ever realizing that I just don’t like them.
I was born in Chicago and currently live in Laguna Beach. Married with two awesome kids.
I have spent most of his career in media, tech, and entertainment. I cofounded Sleepy Giant, a game company based in Newport Beach. I served as CEO for over 7 years. We pioneered the concept of “live game operations” and games-as-a-service. During my tenure, we worked with leading companies like Activision Blizzard, Disney, Ubisoft and Zenimax as well as top independent studios like Industrial Toys, Robot Entertainment and Wildworks (SmartBomb Interactive). While there, we built an 8-figure revenue, profitable service and technology business. Sleepy Giant was self-funded and profitable with well over 150 employees for its first 5 years of operation. I left in 2014 and the company became known as adaptiv.io under the leadership of my cofounder David Lee. It was acquired by SWRVE in 2015. Ask me about it sometime. I learned a ton and created a really interesting business.
Prior to Sleepy Giant, I helped pioneer the ‘free to play’ business model as VP Strategic Growth at K2 Network (now Reloaded Studios). I was also part of the startup leadership team for the first application management platform, M-Code Software (now part of Novell).
I have had the opportunity to work on some great gaming titles such as Activision’s Call of Duty, Pokemon Online, Animal Jam, Elder Scrolls Online, Family Guy Online, Company of Heroes Online, Midnight Star, Skylanders, Mu Online, Knight Online, Granada Espada, WarRock, and many others!
I started my career on the advisory side working with media, entertainment and technology companies while at KPMG Global Transaction Strategies, First Analysis and Fultonbridge Partners (a middle market merchant bank I cofounded). I worked on over 40 transactions within the media, entertainment and technology space. Clients included BancBoston Capital, CBS, Fidelity, Indian Motorcycle, ITXC, Liberty Group Publishing, McDonald’s, Meredith Corp., Speechworks (Nuance), Tribune, Vance Publishing, Waste Connections, WETA, Wiley, Witness Systems, and Wolters Kluwer.
I am actively involved in other companies as an advisor and sometimes investor.
Check out my linkedin for a bit more detail.
I graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS in Finance. I also cherish a summer boondoggle spent at the University of Hawai’i where I learned to spell Hawaii with an apostrophe. I have some good stories from both experiences.