We Got Next: Matt Pekarek
Posted on 27 June 2017
By this point, if you’re reading this, you’ve heard our story. You know, the one about the misfit group of kids from northeast Ohio went to the victory parade for their beloved Cleveland Cavaliers back in the summer of 2016, sat in the middle of the street for 5 hours and return home that evening exhausted, sunburnt, and blabbering about the company they were going to launch out of their parent’s basement? Yeah that’s us, and by association, that’s me.
My name is Matt Pekarek and I am one of the misfit co-founders of YXU. I’m not going to bore you with my story, partially because it is still being written and mostly because it is largely unspectacular up to this point, but I do want to take this opportunity to be extremely transparent about why YXU is so important to me.
I think a lot about legacy, probably an unhealthy amount for a kid at the ripe age of 23, but a lot nonetheless. But not so much my legacy, but rather the legacy of others that are written through my actions. I believe we all got to where we are today because of the sacrifices and investments of people that came before us. It is this belief that my actions have an impact on the way those who have supported me are viewed by others, viewed by themselves, heck even viewed by history that injects a sense of purpose into what I do as part of what we are aiming to achieve through YXU.
Thinking of all of the teachers that I had back in Solon, Ohio makes getting up for early business meetings before the “real” work day starts worth it. Remembering all of the youth soccer and baseball coaches that followed me across the Midwest for various tournaments and games makes cold calling charities and media outlets worth it. Recalling all of the late nights spent in the company of good friends now scattered across the country makes navigating unfamiliar business and legal obligations worth it.
If I’m being honest, I don’t have the slightest idea what will come of this adventure. As I’ve often said to our group, even the best intentions require the best execution, and we are not short on challenges that we will have to solve for our business to continue to grow in the coming months. But I am not worried about what will become of us, instead I want to make sure that we do right by them. All the people that have gotten us to this point, gotten us a seat at the big boy table, whose legacies’ will be written by our actions. The success or failure of YXU will be the outcome created by the combination of our effort and whatever luck we can find along the way. My biggest concern is not the outcome at the end of this, but rather is the integrity and ambition that we demonstrate on our journey. So now that that is off my chest, let’s get back to work.