Report: #1499388

Complaint Review: Kusog Software Inc. - Seattle WA

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  • Reported By: Seattle Startup Founder — Seattle WA United States
  • Kusog Software Inc. 801 Pine St Apt 19C Seattle, WA United States

Kusog Software Inc. Matthew Denman Mary Ann Denman Kusoglife Took my money, attempted to steal my intellectual property, majority share in my company Seattle WA

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I met Matthew James Denman in Seattle.  Over the course of several months we met and discussed our individual companies.  When I met him, Matt was working as a softwarer engineer for a well known software company in Seattle, and was also in partnership with a small software company for string instrument instruction. Since then, he has re-styled himself as an AWS instructor. He signed my nondisclosure agreement over the course of our conversations. 

Over time, Matt told me that he had quit his software engineering job and was planning to work part time for Amazon Web Services as an instructor.  He had also bought out his partner in the string instrument software business. Matt offered that in exchange for cash payment and a percentage in my company, he would  develop my product concept: a vitamin & dietary supplement app. In the meantime, my company had been accepted into a coveted Washington Technology startup incubator program and had attracted a startup advisor whose day job was VP of Digital Products at a F500 company.  I had my corporate lawyers draw up a stock transfer agreement and a co-founder agreement in which I would remain the majority shareholder.

It took Matt longer than we had anticipated to build the product. It also took him longer than I would have thought for the signing of documents detailing terms that we had already agreed to in writing.  Nevertheless, I paid him per our agreed schedule.

The short version of this story is that suddenly over the Christmas holidays, Matt suddenly exploded with claims that I was trying to cheat him. He hyperbolized that I was trying to saddle him with debt (there was/is no debt) now demanding 51% of my company, an endeavor I'd already invested a couple of years into.  The contracts were 'unfair." He was hotheaded and yelled while I kept my cool. I asked that Matt identify all areas of the contract that he didn't like; I was sure we could work on the language. Our advisor, with loads of startup business experience had already signed similar documents, having no issue with the contracts. Matt raged, and none of what he was saying made sense to me. The advisor engaged in several conversations with him to figure out what was wrong, concluding that becasue Matt was new to startups, he didn't understand that as founder I did not plan to had over the majority of my company to him after 90 days of work. Matt was smart about software, but new to business, the advisor thought.  

On the day before we were both due to attend the three-day kickoff of the startyup incubator, he reused to show up for our meeting. I was waiting a mere two blocks from his apartment, having asked him to come with a list of his concerns so that I could address them.

Because nothing about what has happening made sense, I (belatedly) conducted a background check.  I found that Matt had a $225K lein from the State of Washington for unpaid child support (King County document 20190408000367). This lein had originated in the State of Georgia - at one time it was that State's second largest child support debt.  It appears that Matt had moved for a time from Georgia to the Phillappines - to avoid his crushing debt and the bankruptcy/IRS leins. No wonder he was so fixated on my imagined debt!  He'd declared bankruptcy, and while living abroad married Filipino woman and fathered 4 more children with her. My background check revealed that there were already 5 children left behind in the USA.  

Kusog Software is owned by Matt's current wife, Mary Ann Denman. She is NOT a software developer or a business manager, not by a long shot. While she did take a class to learn web design, she is factually a full time mother whose only work in the United States was as a caregiver in a long-term memory care facility.  The reason that Mary Ann is the listed "owner" of Kusog Software is for the sole purpose of evading Matt's child support judgment.

Matt is smart - our starup advisor referred to him as an engineering "polymath." But he is crooked.  My research showed me that while pretending to work toward our partnership, he was already bbuilding a dual site using the domain kusoglife.com. The sites appeared identical except for their URLs, and the internet shows that he paid for a logo during the initial days of working with me.  It was his intent from the beginning  to take cash from me, get me to tell him everything about my concept and then walk away the winner.

I can't sue him for the money, it's certainly gone. Matt Denman has no assets, not even a car, and lives 6 people in a tiny apaprtment.  But...I can warn others.  Consider yourself warned.

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