From: Matt Mireles
Date: Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM
Subject: Save the Open Internet. For Freedom.
My name is Matt Mireles and I would like to tell you my story.
I’m an internet entrepreneur. I started my first company in October 2008, 3 weeks after the Lehman collapse and about 4 months after graduating from college. During the first year and a half of the company’s existence, I was broke and working a side job as a 911 paramedic to pay the bills. The company was very fragile and almost anything could have killed it.
In a post net-neutrality world that req’d paying fees to Comcast and Time-Warner, I might have quit before I ever got the company off the ground.In 2010 & 2011, we ended up raising $1.1MM from Google and other investors and building a workforce of 45,000 people spread across the globe before selling the company in 2012. I have started two more companies since then.
Please keep net neutrality alive. There are thousands and thousands of would be me’s out there. We owe it to them and to the future of our country.
To commerce! To freedom! To the open internet!