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Matthew Otterstatter

Vilicus Ventures

Matt Otterstatter is a general partner at Vilicus Ventures, a Sacramento-based firm founded in early 2012 on the principles of stewardship and trust, as the Latin name suggests. The firm is focused on making investments in mobile health technology. It is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, while also maintaining a presence in Northern California.

Matt is working to establish their deal flow pipeline, while performing due diligence on startup companies. At a portfolio level, Matt also conducts quantitative analysis, including probabilistic modeling to predict and optimize fund performance. He determines fair market value of portfolio holdings and financially assesses all funding and exit opportunities. Matt interfaces with accountants, auditors, and brokerage account managers to ensure communication of financial information

Prior to the general partner position at Vilicus, Matt gained extensive leadership and technical experience as both a project manager and senior engineer of rocket propulsion systems at Aerojet Rocketdyne in Sacramento, California.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and mechanics from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. He has professional certifications in project management, strategic decision making, and risk management from Stanford University.

In his spare time, Matt teaches math to middle school students as part of the national Mathcounts competition program. He also enjoys skiing, piano, & softball.

As a member of Class 18, Matt served his fellowship at Vilicus Ventures under the mentorship of his father and managing partner, Jon Otterstatter. Additional mentorship was provided by Jack Crawford (Class 16) of Velocity Venture Capital and Promod Haque, Senior Managing Partner of Norwest Venture Partners.

Upon graduation from the program, Matt was presented with the Jeff Timmons Memorial Award, in recognition of his outstanding service to his class and the Kauffman Fellows organization.