CEO, Idea Foundry
Michael M. Matesic, President & CEO of Idea Foundry, Inc., is a seasoned business executive experienced in working with businesses at a variety of stages. Over the last 11 years at Idea Foundry he has invested in and participated in the development of over 125 technology start-ups, creating jobs in the region. Previously, Mr. Matesic was Chief Executive Officer for two start-up companies and Chief Financial Officer for MetalSite, Inc., participating in the rapid growth of the company and public registration process. While at MetalSite, Mr. Matesic led the startup of the company’s subsidiary, ScrapSite.
Before that he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Anker Coal Group and its subsidiaries where he was responsible for Human Resources, Information Technology, Tax and Finance functions. During his ten years with Anker Coal, Mr. Matesic led a successful registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission, managed the company’s substantial growth, established and invested in various start-up companies and completed many acquisitions.
A 1987 graduate of Duquesne University with a B.S. in Business Administration, he spent two years on the audit staff of Ernst & Young, LLP in Pittsburgh.
Manager, Pittsburgh Office, Greater China Initiatives
Initially a student of cello performance at Carnegie Mellon University, Josh decided to shift gears and began intensive study of Mandarin Chinese on his own, eventually majoring in Chinese with a minor in International Relations at the University of Pittsburgh. Not long after spending a semester in Shanghai, China, he graduated with honors from Pitt in December 2014, and then joined Idea Foundry’s Greater China Initiatives in January 2015 as Program Assistant.
Josh became Manager of the Pittsburgh Office for the Greater China Initiatives in the fall of 2015 and is now working to grow the Greater China Initiatives with his team of international colleagues.
Program Manager, Greater China Initiatives
Yiqun graduated from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree concentrating on social administration and community development. She also holds a Social Services Management Certificate from the School of Social Work.
Yiqun is currently working as a Student Support Specialist at Holy Family International College Preparatory Program. She develops and maintains professional and supportive relationships with all students, and supports them in academic, social skills, and future planning issues. Prior to joining Idea Foundry, Yiqun was a Mentoring Project Assistant at United Way of Allegheny County and an International Leaders Program Intern with GlobalPittsburgh. Through her previous nonprofit work and internship experience, Yiqun has rich experience working with students and dealing with cross-cultural related issues. With these experiences, along with her love for the city and her strong identification with the values of FriendlyPittsburgh, FriendlyPA, and Idea Foundry Inc., Yiqun enthusiastically joined the program in February 2015.
On the side, Yiqun enjoys reading, playing the violin and mandolin, and traveling.
Program Manager, Greater China Initiatives
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College, majoring in Public Policy and Management, Amy Hui joined Idea Foundry in July 2015.
In college, Amy became interested in the Public Relations field and worked as the vice president in PR department in the Student Union. During her senior year, Amy worked at Hill & Knowlton Strategies, focusing on social media content and data reports. Last summer vacation, she also got an internship in Ketchum Inc., working for a beauty brand from P&G company. She helped organize a flash mob show in Shanghai, and enhanced the ability and skills in event-handling, project and time management.
In addition to her practical experience, life in school is also important to her. During her years at CMU, Amy took many courses in the data analysis field, and became a Teaching Assistant in her second year at Heinz. All these experiences gave her a better technology background.
After two years in Pittsburgh, Amy loves this peaceful city a lot, and hopes that more people could know and like this city just like her. Also, she strongly agrees with the mission of Friendly PA and Friendly Pittsburgh, and feels honored to be a part of Idea Foundry.
Interns, Past and Present
- Danni Zhao, Journalism and Communication Intern (8/16–present)
- Jiayi Chen, Journalism and Communication Intern (4/16–present)
- Lin Shi, Journalism and Communication Intern (2/16–present)
- Haiyun Lu, Journalism and Communication Intern (7/15–present)
- Fiona Liu, Journalism and Communication Intern (4/15–6/15; 5/16–present)
- Shiman Zhang, Journalism and Communication Intern (4/15–present)
- Chi Zhang, Journalism and Communication Intern (11/15–5/16)
- Shujia Wang, Journalism and Communication Intern (9/15–12/15)
- Sujie Liu, Journalism and Communication Intern (9/15–4/16)
- Zhenyu Zhang, Journalism and Communication Intern (9/15–4/16)
- Anyi Wang, Journalism and Communication Intern (9/15–5/16)
- Shan Wu, Journalism and Communication Intern (7/15–11/15)
- Vicky Hao, Journalism and Communication Intern (4/15–5/16)
- Dantong Wang, Manager’s Assistant (1/15–10/15)
- Mengjie Jiang, Journalism and Communication Intern (10/14–4/16)
- Zhou Zhou, Marketing Strategist and Social Media Promotion Intern (9/14–2/15)
- Junwei Shen, Marketing Specialist and Grant Research Intern (9/14–2/15)