CMU grad turned entrepreneur E-Day speaker

Matt Rissell
Matt Rissell

A graduate of Colorado Mesa University who went on to help launch a fast-growing company providing time tracking and reporting software will share his experiences at an annual event celebrating entrepreneurship.

Matt Rissell, the co-founder of TSheets, will deliver the keynote presentation at Entrepreneurship Day events planned for Grand Junction and Montrose.

The Grand Junction event is set for noon April 3 in the Meyer Ballroom of the University Center on the CMU campus. The Montrose event is set for noon April 4 at the Montrose Pavilion.

Tickets sell for $50 for individuals, $500 for table sponsors and $1,000 for what’s billed as overtime sponsors. The luncheons serve as fund-raisers to provide scholarships to CMU students.

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Rissell graduated from CMU in 1999 and soon became one of the youngest major account managers for Verizon Wireless.

He subsequently started a Cartridge World in Idaho and built the operation into the largest single store for the franchise.

In 2006, Rissell joined in founding TSheets, which provides online timesheets that integrate accounting and payroll software. Under the leadership of Rissell as chief executive officer, TSheets became one of the fastest-growing companies in North America in serving a total of more than 20,000 businesses in 100 countries.

Intuit, the company that developed QuickBooks and TurboTax, purchased TSheets in 2018 for $340 million. TSheets continues to operate in Boise and employs 370 people.

Along with the keynote speech, the Entrepreneurship Day luncheon in Grand Junction will include an elevator pitch competition in which CMU students will offer brief presentations about their ideas for new products and services.

The Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award will be presented to a local entrepreneur who’s started or expanded a venture, contributed to economic development in the region and exemplifies the spirit of entrepreneurship.