Matt Van Horn
Thank you, Path.

When Dave told me he had left Facebook to start Path, I was eager to learn more.

I had been considering starting another company back in 2010, but Dave said to me, “Come join Path, let’s build a great company now and I’ll support your next venture.”

As soon as I heard the early vision, I knew that joining would be in my life’s path.

I joined a few months before we launched Path 1 in Shawn Fanning’s apartment. Path has been my true labor of love for the last 3 years and 3 months. I will always be a passionate user, adviser and advocate/evangelist for the company. I feel so lucky to have been able to serve under Dave and Dustin and accomplish all that we have so far. The future is bright for Path.

All good things must end, to allow for new beginnings. Today I am announcing that I am leaving Path with my good friend Nikhil Bhogal. We are venturing off to start a new company.

I am excited to announce that my first angel investment, Karma has just launched! Congrats to Ben and Lee!  I am confident that Karma will change the gifting space forever.

I am excited to announce that my first angel investment, Karma has just launched! Congrats to Ben and Lee!  I am confident that Karma will change the gifting space forever.

Congrats to the Notehall team on being acquired by Chegg! Super exciting.  Congrats Justin, Sean, D.J. and Fadi!

Congrats to the Notehall team on being acquired by Chegg! Super exciting.  Congrats Justin, Sean, D.J. and Fadi!

Path launch video! Incredible work on this, Danny Trinh & The Producer’s Loft!

Thank you and goodbye, Digg. Hello Path.

When I graduated college in 2006, it was a crazy dream to move to the bay area and join a tech start-up. So I took it upon myself to stalk Kevin and crew repeatedly until they created a position for me. It’s now been more than three years since I started at Digg and I have learned so much and am so grateful for the chance that everyone took in bringing me on board. It has been the opportunity of a lifetime and I am excited for what the future has in store for Digg and will continue to support it in any way I can.

But I am starting a new chapter in my career September 13th.  I am am joining up with Dave Morin, Shawn Fanning and Dustin Mierau on a new stealthish project called Path.  I used to work with Dave at Apple and I’m excited to be working with him on this new project.  We haven’t announced what we’re doing yet, but it’s going to start on the iPhone - you can sign up for more information at Path.com.

Congrats to Logan, John and the whole Zimride team on the $1.2m seed funding announcement.  I’m so excited for the future of Zimride.  Also, they iced their board in the first board meeting.

Congrats to Logan, John and the whole Zimride team on the $1.2m seed funding announcement.  I’m so excited for the future of Zimride.  Also, they iced their board in the first board meeting.

I proposed to Lauren live on Qik via Foursquare check-in which went to Twitter & Facebook!

Background

I told Lauren I was in New Orleans this weekend and I faked flying there and slept at the apartment of @hestonl Friday night.  So she had no idea I was in town to propose on Saturday.

Then I had @afox lure Lauren to our favorite spot overlooking the whole city, Bernal Hill.  Amy told Lauren that she was meeting a dog owner to look at a dog she might want to adopt.  Waiting at the top of the hill I was hiding behind some rocks waiting to pop-out and get on one knee.

Digital geekiness

So I had @hutchins hiding with me behind the rock with his iPhone live streaming the proposal and he also had a camera taking photos.  I had sent out the link 30 minutes earlier to both our families, so they were watching live.  

Once I got the signal that she was there, I checked into Bernal Heights Park via Foursquare which shouted the URL to the live stream on Qik, which automatically synced to my Twitter and Facebook accounts.  I knew Lauren received my tweets via text message on her phone, so I asked her to turn around as I proposed!

Also @ubercab was waiting for us with a Mercedes town car that took us around the whole night!  He took us home to drop things off, then we headed to Fisherman’s Wharf where we ate crab for dinner.

I am so happy and so lucky.  Thank you everyone who helped! I LOVE YOU LAUREN

You can watch the video that went out live of me proposing, below:

I sat down with Grant Hill and asked him questions from the Digg community in a recent Digg Dialogg

Talking about the Digg iPhone app on NBC San Diego via Skype at 6 am from my apartment

"How Digg dealt with Facebook, according to Digg" Interview I did at Internet Summit with Jim Tobin.