Team profile

Matthew Spencer

Code ninja would be a lame understatement describing Matthew Spencer and his core role in Tide. A more accurate representation would be an entire software SWAT team: a precise force you deploy on a highly-time-sensitive tactical technical challenge in hostile, uncharted territory.

Matt is one of Tide’s lead system architects and multi-stack software engineers, with “multi” meaning full-stack capabilities across multiple environments, domains, technologies and frameworks. His mastery of these domains is completely intuitive. Unlike similarly talented techies with this sort of expertise, Matt’s knack at solving human and usability issues makes him a unicorn.

Despite a rich gaming childhood, Matt’s rise to technical stardom only started 6 years ago. For someone that defines himself these days as “breathing code”, his “late bloom” is attributed to simply not ever having the exposure before. The tragedy of how a millennial manages to go through an entire first-world childhood without the opportunity to be introduced to software development is only second to the mystery of how Matt’s fractured both his shoulders, leg, wrist, ribs and toes. Programming was something that happened accidently while running a self-taught computer repair business for few years. Once breaking the natural barrier of “let’s see what’s behind that matrix screen”, Matt was hooked and never looked back.

At Tide, Matt’s leading the architecture design and infrastructure of the entire system around the core-technology with specific focus on achieving flawless end-to-end user experiences – even, and especially, if that user is another developer looking to integrate Tide’s SDK. In addition, Matt’s unique world-class rapid-prototyping abilities are directly responsible for delivering all of Tide’s prototypes and strategic concept demos from the ground up.

Unlike traditional software development paradigms, Tide’s unique decentralized architecture introduces a tremendously challenging engineering dimension to virtually every single R&D task where each service API call must be distributed across a cluster of potentially-malicious servers, where none of the servers receive any meaningful input and returned results must “magically” puzzle-back from all nodes. What is a very simple client-server request-response operation normally, turns into a secured multi-party operation. Matt has implemented this super-complex theoretical paradigm into a standard-looking SDK that can be easily integrated by any client engineer. One of Matt’s pride and joys was a rapidly-produced Android mobile app showcasing Tide’s 2nd factor authentication framework – which offers a simple one-click, sub-second, user authentication at unprecedented security levels, and encapsulates the intricacies of a fully decentralized model.

As the ultimate career goal, Matt aspires to build a technology that is a common household name – something like Tide’s global privacy protection mechanism or the app store’s #1 game.

For inspiration, Matt consumes a lot of audiobooks, both professional programming channels and fiction. His all-time favourite is one of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2020 award candidates: Adrian Tchaikovsky’s “Cage of Souls”. Perhaps the appeal was the demise of humanity losing its technology, or could it be the protagonist’s nihilistic approach…

Recent News

15 Mar 2021

Tide win Insurtech NY

Tide named best global Insurtech, at marquee insurance event

18 Dec 2020

Tide Named Tech23 Winner

Tech23 deep tech community celebrates next disruptors.

20 Nov 2020

Tide join OECD Global Forum

Distributed ledger technology and the new era of data privacy and governance.

15 Jun 2020

Tide Awarded ARC Grant

Together with Professor Susilo from UOW and KDDI Research, Japan.

9 Dec 2019

Doug Knopper joins Tide

Visionary CEO appointed to Tide Foundation Advisory Board.

22 Jun 2020

Tide Crowned Best InsurTech

In Hartford Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world, Tide have been named "Best Emerging InsurTech".

6 Apr 2020

UK Government Study Tide

CMA Study Tide in report to parliament on digital economy.

12 Nov 2019

OECD Report Embraces Tide

OECD Report Points to a Tide future

6 Jun 2020

Tide Announced Dual Finalists in InsurTech 2020

Tide Announced Dual Finalists in InsurTech 2020

19 Sep 2019


Open source foundation is introducing a new approach to encryption called splintering

13 Sep 2019

Dark Reading

New Technique Makes Passwords 14M Percent Harder to Crack

14 May 2019


Tide Offers Hackers A Bitcoin Reward To Break Its Consumer Data Encryption


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