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Matt Doherty

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Matt Doherty is an entrepreneur who co-founded ZergNet, which helps websites to place article links from other network members on their sites to cross-promote their best content.

Doherty received both his bachelor’s degree and his master’s degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007. As a graduate student at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Doherty helped to develop a novel gene caller using conditional random fields.

Doherty began his professional career at the pioneering software radio firm, Vanu, Inc., where he devised software-based backend systems to support the growing data demands of modern smartphones. Following that, he then founded Fina Technologies, Inc., a successful startup that models financial data with machine learning techniques.

Currently, Doherty is the Director of Research at Zergnet, where he is responsible for the algorithms that power hundreds of millions of content recommendations every day. He is constantly working to improve the discovery engine, which predicts user behavior and surfaces the most relevant and engaging articles to the company’s readers.

Doherty also holds a position on the board of directors at the Child Care Research Center, Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based nonprofit that helps families find and afford quality child care.

Companies and Investments

Zergnet (co-founder), Fina Technologies, Inc. (founder), Child Care Research Center (board of directors)

Lessons Learned

Follow your passions, no matter where they lead you.

Inspiring Quotes

I am proud of you, my sons. Tonight you have learned the final and greatest truth of the Ninja: that ultimate mastering comes not from the body, but from the mind. Together, there is nothing your four minds cannot accomplish. Help each other, draw upon one another, and always remember the power that binds you. The same is what brought me here tonight, that which I gladly return with my final words: I love you all, my sons.

Splinter, Teenage Mutant Ninja

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Influential Books

- How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It by Cuban, Mark (2013) Paperback


Dr. Michael Milham of CMI, Dr. Cameron Craddock of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.