Matthew J. Friend

Matthew is part of the Strategy and Business Development team at American Express OPEN, the unit of American Express that is dedicated exclusively to the success of small business owners. Within OPEN, Matthew focuses on digital strategy for new Marketing Business Apps and leads the sourcing and signing of partnerships with emerging technology companies whose solutions can help small business owners. Additionally, Matthew establishes and manages direct relationships with key venture capital funds as well as startup accelerators, including the signing of OPEN’s national sponsorship of TechStars.

Prior to joining OPEN, Matthew was an Associate Partner at Landmark Ventures, a Venture Advisory firm, where he co-led the Marketing and Media practice. At Landmark, Matthew worked with senior leadership from startups funded by investors such as: Sequoia Capital, Benchmark Capital, BV Capital, and Esther Dyson, helping them accelerate their business development and marketing efforts into Fortune 500 companies.