Matt Higgins is an entrepreneur, investor and operator. In 2012, alongside co-founder Stephen Ross, he launched RSE Ventures, a private investment firm that focuses on companies across sports and entertainment, food and lifestyle, media and marketing, and technology. He holds dual roles as CEO of RSE and vice chairman of the Miami Dolphins, overseeing the business of the team, is an Executive Fellow at Harvard Business School and was a Guest Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank for seasons 10-11.
At RSE, Higgins has co-founded several successful enterprises, including the International Champions Cup — a global pre-season soccer tournament that attracted over 140 million viewers in 2017 — and public relations firm Derris, whose clients include Warby Parker and Crate & Barrel. Under Higgins’ leadership, RSE has also successfully incubated businesses such as Resy (acquired by American Express in 2019), and in 2018, RSE acquired SkOUT Secure Intelligence, a cyber security company with over 800 clients around the world.
As an investor, Higgins helps brands navigate pivotal moments. He was the first customer of Gary Vaynerchuk’s digital agency VaynerMedia, which has grown to 800 employees across six locations. He also led the first-round investment in the Drone Racing League, which has since become a leading sports and media company. Higgins is also a partner at Vayner/RSE, an early-stage venture fund that invested in emerging technology companies such as Coinbase, Moment and June.
In recent years, Higgins identified scalable restaurant concepts as a natural extension of RSE’s portfolio, starting with David Chang’s Momofuku. RSE’s family of restaurants has grown to include Milk Bar, Fuku, Bluestone Lane and &pizza. Alongside Ross, Higgins helps each concept tap into RSE’s connections in real estate, business development and marketing.
By combining his expertise in marketing and operations, Higgins has helped businesses like sports-technology company FanVision execute several mergers and expand their client base. He previously transformed the New York Jets’ digital presence to instill a culture of deep fan engagement as they opened a new stadium and helped lead the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site as chief operating officer of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.
Higgins is an active philanthropist and board member for Autism Speaks, where he supports the MSSNG project, a partnership with Google that aims to create the world’s largest genomic database on autism. He is a board member for VaynerMedia, Momofuku, Milk Bar, Bluestone Lane, Resy and &pizza. Learn more about Matt at https://matthiggins.com.