Timu is a social networking platform specifically built to solve the communications problems encountered by athletes, sports teams and their fans.
In 2008, Timu was founded by Matt Heaton, an avid amateur athlete who had encountered firsthand many of the communication and organizational problems faced by sports teams and their participants. Online social networking seemed a natural way to solve many of these problems. Yet, existing social networks provided disjointed solutions that did not handle sports specific features, such as player rosters, game results and statistics. At the same time, existing sports offerings and websites provide little of the interactivity and engagement expected in today's online social networking world. Thus, the vision for Timu was born, to bring together the worlds of sport and social networking into a single service offering.
Timu (Team-You) is the Swahili word for team, and also happens to be a short, easy to remember domain name.
Matt Heaton, CEO/President
A serial entrepreneur, Matt co-founded ActiveRain, the largest social network for real estate professionals, currently with over 145,000 members. Serving as President and CEO until late 2007 and continuing as a board member, Matt's vision led to ActiveRain's rapid growth and lead to him twice being named as one of the 100 most influential people in the real estate industry. Prior to ActiveRain, Matt worked in product development roles with numerous northwest technology startups. Matt earned a Bachelors in computer science from The Evergreen State College.
Timu allows Matt to bring together his background in technology, product development and marketing along with a passion for sports to help solve the communication or organizational problems encountered by millions of amateur sports teams and players.