“There is no disaster until there is a disaster.”
– Matt Simonsen
The founder of Khoza Technology, Inc. did not originally plan to pursue computer technology as a career. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Matt Simonsen left high school early to enroll at Westmont College in Montecito, California to pursue a Religious Studies degree. In order to convince his future in-laws that he would have a shot at getting a “real job,” he took a programming class. While in that class, one of his professors suggested he might be interested in a job with the Westmont College IT department, just as the internet boom was beginning. After earning his B.A., he went to work for an internal IT department in a rapidly growing consulting firm, learning on the job and receiving MCSE Microsoft Server certification. This led to a position as a Linux Systems Administrator at a start-up company called Careercast where Matt gained experience in managing high traffic, highly available web and database servers. Following a move to Amador County, Matt built his team to be a full-fledged LAMP development company, incrementally growing from its initial start as a hosting company.
Matt is a devoted family man who, along with his exceptionally talented wife, Amy, is raising two girls and a boy in the Sierra Nevada foothills. He is an active member at Cornerstone Church of Ione, manages a Little League team, and lends his encouragement to his three children during baseball, soccer and bowling activities. All three kids, Maddy (8th grade), Nate (6th grade) and Katie (4th grade) receive a personalized education through a charter school, with Amy as their teacher. No slacking off in that school.
Matt’s quick wit, dry humor and propensity for adopting esoteric mottos and catchphrases keep the team on their toes.
- 15+ years in enterprise IT
- 10+ years Linux systems administration
- 10+ years managing and overseeing large-scale projects
- Playing Dominion, PowerGrid, and other board games
- Whatever sport his kids are active in
- Traveling to see friends, whether in Albania, Malawi, or Santa Barbara
BOOKS WORTH READING
- This Might Not Work by Seth Godin
- Studies in the Sermon on the Mount by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
- Perfect is the enemy of good – Voltaire
- Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well – Mark Twain
- An unguarded strength is a glaring weakness – Coleague of Paul Metzger