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Meet Strategic Piece

At Strategic Piece, we impact the world through entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses while creating value for our clients, our stakeholders, and our team.

Our mission is to assist entrepreneurs and early-stage ventures in identifying and hitting their next milestones. This might mean achieving proof of concept, raising funds, hitting a growth target, completing an M&A transaction, exiting the business, or some other achievement critical to our client’s success.

We help you more effectively identify and hit your next milestone by bringing complementary skills to your leadership team, sharing expertise to help you avoid pitfalls, connecting you to our network, and facilitating decision-making.

We aim to become one of a recognized handful of practices supporting early- and growth-stage companies with strategic advisory services, in the same way that the “Big 3” (McKinsey, BCG, and Bain) do for billion-dollar corporations. This will include being recognized as thought leaders on early-stage business leadership and managing a community of clients, partners, and followers who think what we do is worthwhile, visionary, and important.

OUR TEAM

How We Got Here

2003

Matt joins Shell Technology Ventures (STV), the international oil company’s corporate venture capital arm, to identify and pursue early-stage investment opportunities in the upstream oil and gas sector

2007

Matt leaves Shell to join the management team at GEODynamics, a startup company manufacturing explosive systems for use in wellbore completions, in which STV and Orica were founding investors

2008

Melanie joins Ecom Access in Montreal, Canada, to work on affiliate marketing campaigns for digital businesses

Matt creates the consultancy practice IN2 Oil and Gas to help businesses from other verticals transfer relevant technology into the oil and gas sector

2009

Matt becomes President and CEO of GEODynamics, gaining first-hand experience of life at the “pointy-end” of a VC-backed business

GEODynamics raises capital from the private equity firm, Lime Rock Partners, introducing Matt to the next level of investor-backed company management

2012

Melanie earns her MBA from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University in Houston. She joins SURGE Accelerator, working with annual cohorts of startup companies as they completed the twelve week program

2014

After growing the business to an annual run rate of more than $100 million, Matt leaves GEODynamics and spends ten months as a full-time consultant

Melanie founds Marketing Interface to focus full time on marketing strategy and marketing technology selection and implementation

2015

Matt becomes President of Ikon Science Americas, helping the geophysical software provider navigate the worst downturn in oil and gas history while working to adapt its product suite and processes from offshore to onshore applications

2016

IN2 Oil and Gas begins doing business as Strategic Piece, reflecting a shift from oil and gas technology consulting to advising more broadly on early-stage business strategy

2017

Matt is appointed CEO of Premier Oilfield Group, a de novo startup formed by the private equity firm, CSL Capital.  His remit involves merging six acquisitions into a single entity, launching and developing a new brand, and charting a course to profitable growth

2019

Matt leaves Premier Oilfield Group after successfully guiding the company to major contract wins, steady growth, and profitability

Strategic Piece is relaunched, combining the previous iteration with Marketing Interface to bring a broader range of expertise and contacts to entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses

Strategic Piece Keepers

Our Advisory Group

There's a risk when your team is small that you could fall into groupthink. When we were putting together plans for Strategic Piece, we decided that assembling a board of advisors would be an important step to help us avoid that trap. We are so honored to have the support of these awesome people.