Here on the blog, we’ll be profiling one of our edo colleagues every month. This month we speak to Matt Beltran, a Product Manager in our Chicago office. 

Where did you grow up? 

Anything for Selenas, right Matt?

Anything for Selenas, right Matt?

Matt: I consider Texas home, but I grew up in a bunch of places in the U.S. I was born in Lubbock,TX, while my dad was in the Marine Corps so we moved a lot. I lived in Virginia (Stafford), North Carolina (Raleigh and Jacksonville), California (Monterey), and then back to Virginia (Fredericksburg) before we moved to Houston, Texas where I went to high school. My mom and dad are from Houston, so that’s why we went back there.

College, or School of Life?
Matt: I went to The University of Texas at Austin [editor’s note: HOOK ‘EM!!!!], and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. I’m a huge Texas Longhorn football fan, and will talk your ear off about Texas Football if you let me.

 

What are your interests and hobbies? 
Matt: I’ve always been interested in baseball (lifelong Houston Astros fan) and football as I played both growing up. As much as I tried to deny it, I now realize my high school football days in Texas were almost exactly like Friday Night Lights.

 

Living in Austin, I developed a love for going to concerts and music in general. I probably spend too much time playing on Spotify creating playlists, and reading music blogs. I’ve also started to put together quite the vinyl record collection. I love hip-hop, r&b, and classic country (thanks Dad).

 

I’ll also sheepishly admit that I’ve been involved in Crossfit for the past 2 years. I enjoy the constant variety and challenge that the programming gives me. I’ve found a passion for Olympic Weightlifting since and have shifted my focuses to that sport more so than Crossfit.

 

So, is there anything else interesting about you? 
Matt: I’m an uncle to three children. I have two nieces (ages 7 and 1), and a nephew (age 5). They live in Virginia with my older brother and his wife. I try to be the cool uncle, so I send nothing but video games for gifts and show up to visit with pockets full of candy.

 

I make really good salsa. In fact, I challenge anyone to salsa cook off. I’ll probably win, but we’re all winners in that game.

 

If you’re a sports fan, I played against Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts QB) and Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals QB) when I was in high school.
I’m a die hard Fast and the Furious fan (RIP Paul Walker). My second favorite movie is Selena

 

What do you like about edo?
Matt: I enjoy that autonomy edo gives me as far as building out our product offering. I’ve seen a lot of things that I’ve envisioned or thought about come to fruition and that’s pretty special. I also enjoy how welcoming everyone is when visiting other offices. Everyone goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and included.

 

What makes edo special to you?
Matt: edo is special to me because of my coworkers, direct and indirect. I love being on the Product team, and working with them on various product initiatives. I also think it’s great the transparency we have as a company within various departments.
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