About Me

Hi, I’m Matt Ting. I spent a handful of years working in finance in New York and studied at Western University in Canada. I tend to think and write about everyday philosophy, my adventures in finance, and my various interests, which include social norms, friendship, music, and the duality of the work-life balance.

I think my friends would describe me as a friendly, introspective, and witty guy. I think my enemies would describe me as an overly-competitive, sad, and witty guy.

Here are some positive distinguishing things about me:

  • I can type at a 130+ word per minute rate. That’s 100th percentile speed and is probably one of my most elite accomplishments
  • I am a proficient note-taker and information organizer
  • I didn’t have braces growing up, but still have pretty straight teeth
  • I have pretty big calves and I’ve been told my jaw is pretty big, which I think is supposed to signal that I’m a suitable mate

Here are some neutral biographical things about me:

  • I listen to a lot of music (100k+ songs on Spotify for the past few years). My favorite genres are electronic, indie, and pop. My favorite artists are Kaytranada, Beach House, and Daft Punk
  • I’m a huge consumer of Reddit and generally grew up under the ‘Internet / video game’ culture
  • Some of my hobbies include: writing, music production, playing guitar, and freestyle rapping (I’m probably good enough to go for 8-bars unprompted)
  • I am pretty obsessed with NBA fantasy basketball. I think it’s an interest that represents a great blend of being social, being analytical, and following a news-cycle
  • I would describe my comedic style as a combination of the following: 1/3rd Demetri Martin (clever and observational), 1/3rd Jake and Amir (over-the-top and exaggerated), 1/3rd 30 Rock + Community (absurd and reference-based)

Here are some negative interesting things about me:

  • I can’t speak Chinese, despite being natively Chinese. I attribute this to the fact that my parents didn’t speak it at home, but the fault and burden are mine alone
  • I fell for the cryptomania craze. It’s tough because before I was obnoxious about cryptocurrency and now I just evoke feelings of pity in my friends
  • I have minor facial ticks (e.g. grinding teeth, chewing on my tongue, otherwise just moving my mouth)
  • I’m not very good at driving