Matt Higgins

RSE Ventures Co-Founder & CEO

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If You Could Write a Letter to Your 21-Year-Old Self What Would You Say?

Don't worry so much, it's probably all going to work out. Keep doing what you're doing. Be a little less impatient. That you have more time than you realize. Be a little more open with…

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What Was the Worst Advice Someone Gave You?

I took the unconventional route of dropping out of high school when I was 16 years old. And decided to get a GED so I could start college right away and transition to working full-time.…

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What’s an Effective Perk to Attract Top Talent?

To me the number one most important perk beyond, you know, pay obviously and benefits is creating environment where people can let off steam, and so we invest a lot in outings and they don't…

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How Do You Compete With Rivals?

Find the path to make yourself indispensable as soon as possible, right. And that means different things when you're an employee, versus when you're an investor. From an investor's standpoint, being indispensable is delivering something…

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What’s the Hardest Part About Being a CEO?

So many people relying upon you. Looking up to you for the answers. Expecting a lot out of you. And it's an enormous responsibility. These are jobs that you are creating, jobs that you are…

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What’s Your Morning Routine?

I usually get up around four, 4:30, 4:45. In an ideal world I workout. There's a bunch of people in my universe who know this is my routine. So they're usually available to take calls…

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What Is Your Must-Ask Job Interview Question?

Teach me something you learned today. Just a simple question, and usually people will struggle, because they'll think it has to be something important, but that tells me a few things. One, it tells me…

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What Do You Look for in a Job Candidate?

I think when you're hiring somebody for a job what you're really doing is trying to find a solution to a problem. Every job is essentially a solution to some type of problem on the…

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What Is Your Biggest Time-Saving Trick?

I tend to start each day and say "what's the highest and best use of me today?" And the reason why I have to ask it every day, because it changes. People often don't challenge themselves…

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How Do You Fire Someone?

Number one, empathy has to be present if you have to let somebody go. You have to imagine if you were in their shoes what's that feel like? What's that mean for your family? So…

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How Do You Meet Someone You Don’t Know?

Connections are about authenticity and intimacy, right? And the best way to connect to another person is the obvious, listen to them and show that you care. It's something really amazing when you're talking to…

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How Do You Celebrate Success?

Most important thing is acknowledgement. If you had a bunch of people who were working really hard, it's stepping into their shoes. Think about the personal sacrifices they made to get you where you just…

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What’s the Biggest Mistake New Bosses Make?

The biggest mistake I see first time managers make, especially young managers, is they feel, out of the gate "I have to have the answers" and "I'm going to make an impression, I'm going to…

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How Open Should You Be at Work About Your Personal Life?

For whatever reason, I had a lot of shame growing up poor. And just tremendous challenges that I compartmentalized. And they all collided in one moment when I was 26. I became the press secretary…

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"Serves as the Vice Chairman of the Miami Dolphins"

Matt Higgins serves as both the Vice Chairman of the Miami Dolphins and the CEO of RSE Ventures.

In 2012, with co-founder Stephen Ross, he launched RSE Ventures, an international sports, entertainment and technology venture firm. As CEO, he has founded several successful companies including Derris & Company and Catalyst Media Group. He is also one of the founders of the International Champions Cup, a global pre-season soccer tournament that was broadcasted to over 600 million households in 2014. In addition to building businesses, Higgins actively invests as a partner at Vayner/RSE, an early stage venture fund created in partnership with serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk.

Prior to RSE, Higgins worked as the EVP of Business Operations at the New York Jets where he transformed the team’s profile through social media and non-traditional brand extensions. He has also served as COO of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation where he was responsible for helping lead the rebuilding effort of the World Trade Center site.

Matt is also a board member of Autism Speaks where he leads the MSSNG project, a partnership with Google that aims to demystify autism through genetic sequencing and open science.

In 2008, Higgins was recognized in Sports Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 as one of the most outstanding executives in sports.