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This company is one of the top software companies in the world, because every single employee knows that they are part of a whole. Thus, if an employee has a problem, the company has a problem.

― Mr Rhineheart talking about MetaCortex

The MetaCortex building

Neo at his cubicle talking to Morpheus.

MetaCortex (sometimes called Meta Cortechs) was a prominent software company in the Matrix that Neo worked for. It was referred to as being a "respectable software company" by Agent Smith. On what might have been his last day of work there, Neo, as Thomas Anderson, was being reprimanded by his boss, Mr. Rhineheart regarding his punctuality.[1]

Neo's view of the Exit. Agents and police are looking for him.


The root of this word is meta-, which according to Webster's means "going beyond or higher, transcending", and -cortex, which is "the outer layer (boundary) of gray matter surrounding the brain". Thus, Metacortechs is "transcending the boundaries of the brain", which is precisely what Neo proceeds to do.

Behind the scenes[]

  • The company "MetaCortechs" actually does exist, leading to speculation that the signs were changed to avoid legal issues. This explains away the spelling variation as a mistake that was supposed to be changed but was missed.[2]