Q&A: Matthew Martindale of Cbusr.com
As founder of Cbusr.com, Matthew Martindale promotes Columbus by finding, profiling and uniting the city's young professionals. In just over two months, the social-networking site has exploded locally and will host its first live event in November. This week, Alive turns the tables to find out more about the man usually asking the questions.
I grew up in upstate New York. Hartford is an hour north of Albany, near the Lake George region. It's a quiet farm town kind of in the middle of nowhere. I moved to New York City a few years ago. I was living in Brooklyn at the time I moved here.
I didn't know what to expect with Columbus. I hadn't heard much about it. I think I drove through it once on my way to St. Louis. When I got here, I was surprised to see the kind of activity going on.
Cbusr.com started because I needed to get out and meet new people. I've only been here a couple of years, and I didn't know a lot of people coming here. I've always heard that it's best to start projects that solve your own problems.
People who visit the site can expect a lot of new people who are ready to meet you and hear about what you're working on. When I meet somebody from around here, I always walk away with something new that I've learned. The people you see on there are all active users and people that you could meet any day of the week.
Three things I can't live without are my laptop, music and people.
I have to be around people. I often go to Stauf's just because it's crowded. I love people-watching and meeting new people. I probably wouldn't survive well in any post-apocalyptic world.
The more I learn about Columbus, it's harder and harder to imagine leaving. New York City taught me a lot about hustling, going after what I wanted in life. Columbus taught me a lot about personal growth, using my brain more than running around and getting somewhere as fast as I can.
Something people might not know about me is that I don't have a degree. I went to Adirondack Community College for a couple of years, learned some things and went off on my own.
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Name: Matthew Martindale
Day job: Founder, Egolabel
Last thing you bought: New dress clothes
Last song you listened to: "Welcome to the Family" by Avenged Sevenfold
Last great meal you ate: Trout special at Third and Hollywood
Last movie you watched: "The Social Network"
Last place you traveled: Chicago, about a month ago for a conference