Matt Portner

Matt Portner

Software Designer in Los Angeles



" online platform orders of magnitude more attractive and intuitive than any government website in the history of the internet."

Work Experience

2021 — Now
Design at Self Employed

Since 2021, I've been self employed, offering my freelance design services to a variety of great products, including:

2018 — 2021
Design at Sunflower Software

In 2018, I co-founded a small product development studio with two of my best friends. I lead design on a variety of consumer products that we created together, including:

  • (twitch for music)

  • wavedash (letterboxd for video games)

  • stems (audio source separation software)

  • disco (clubhouse but too early and not quite right)

2017 — 2018
Content at BuzzFeed

Edited hundreds of videos for the various BuzzFeed media channels and worked with producers to revamp our post production workflows and archival processes.

2016 — 2017
Content at Snapchat

I joined Snapchat shortly after graduating. There, I was responsible for many aspects of content production, including video editing, graphic design, and onsite producing.

2008 — 2016
Founder at DefendTheHouse

In the early days of YouTube, I created a gaming web series that became my main focus for nearly a decade. To date, the show has generated over 200m views and 750k subscribers.


2011 — 2016
Bachelor of Arts at The University of Colorado
2014 — 2015
Intern at Sony Pictures
2012 — 2014
Intern at Appian Way