Never afraid to challenge the status quo of existing technology and traditional industry thinking, Matthew Finnie is one of the most provocative technology thinkers in Europe. When Matthew became Interoute¹s CTO, he had a vision that if companies centralised technology development, then Europe could produce technology success stories on par with Silicon Valley. Proving that the US model can be put to work in Europe, Interoute now owns and operates the largest networked cloud computing asset in Europe and is redefining how businesses deploy advanced communications platforms in the Cloud.
Matthew started his career in semiconductors designing mixed signal semiconductors including overseeing the development of some of the first consumer oriented applications for digital signal processing. Being in Boston in the early 90¹s he caught the internet bug and founded internet collaborative computing startup Insitu using the then fledgling Internet as a medium for collaboration globally. The advent of VOIP in the mid 90¹s lead to the acquisition of Insitu by the VOIP pioneer Vocaltec the combination going onto develop the first unified communications application suite for the enterprise.
Matthew has degrees in electrical and electronic engineering and marketing. He is a regular advisor to the European Commission on ICT research and innovation and a member of the CONNECT Advisory Forum (CAF) advising the EU commission on investment priorities as part of the digital futures and horizon 2020 initiatives.