The Feeling of Speed

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About Tom Matlack

Tom Matlack is the co-founder of The Good Men Project. He has a 18-year-old daughter and 16- and 7-year-old sons. His wife, Elena, is the love of his life. Follow him on Twitter @TMatlack.


  1. Mark Mac Auley says:

    Tom, great piece. Not only because it is well written, but because I was on that ride with you as an employee. Thanks for your insight as to what the company was doing then. My faith in the technology was unwaivering – I still tell the story of sitting in the conference room with a bunch of GM execs – the guy who started Saturn was sitting on my right – and at the end of an all day meeting showing them the technology, going to Harvard to show them the online learning system we were pitching as the GM online training model, one of the Executive VP’s got up and said ‘This was a very enlightening day. We learned a lot, but there is no fucking way we are putting Java on GM’s networks’. Six months later they were one of the biggest clients.

    Like you, I was sober then (and still am). I was hunting elephants in sales at ATG and having a blast and I had a bunch of shares that I knew would be worth something. I liked the money (on paper) but in sobriety I learned that I was still a drunk deep down, with pieces of my soul still broken and money wouldn’t change that. It also taught me something else – that unwaivering faith in something that a lot of people – ‘important’ people sometimes – tells you is crazy, misguided, or even plain stupid does in fact work out and becomes the glue to put the broken pieces back in place.

    I still remember fondly the meeting we had in your office on Newbury Street just before GMP was launched to talk sobriety, passion, the ATG experience, and the Maine connection. I was about to launch my own company (which I did) with the same unwaivering faith and belief I once had, and in the face of my family, my in laws, and a bunch of other ‘important’ people (investors) telling me I was crazy, I carried on and did it. Faith works, and it’s my version of speed…

  2. Tom Matlack says:

    Mark glad to have shared the journey in so many ways.

  3. Jameseq says:

    nice article tom, i love how you give us the view from the inside

  4. You won the race for which I had trained so long. Ankle gave out — heartbreak.

    The finishing-line, banner-brake on Boylston is all some see of such a race, such risk and such drive. Train as we may, not all will see it. This is an awesome insight piece. Very few are ever willing or able to articulate what that win is like. Well done!

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