The internet, and technology as a whole, has drastically changed since Matt Hunt, '94 BSB, '97 MBA, first received his MIS degree. He credits curiosity as a primary factor in his ability to succeed in a rapidly changing environment. From his work helping build the first Carlson School web server to working in IT at Morgan Stanley, Hunt has learned to incorporate technology and business skills to become a better, and more efficient, leader.
In a recent interview with the Carlson School, he talks about the transformation of technology, why failure is important, and how he combined business with his tech background.
What responsibilities do you have in your current role? Did the Carlson MBA program help you fine tune these skills?
The program provided me with the opportunity to learn the skills that I would need to be successful going into any business organization, large or small. Being literate in business financials, using rigor and critical thinking in decision making, and being able to break down issues using problem solving techniques are all skills that I improved during my MBA program.
What did you find to be the most challenging part of the Carlson MBA program?
The most challenging part of the MBA program was managing my time. I was recently married just a month before the program started, I was working 20 hours per week for the school, I was doing some Internet consulting for small businesses, and of course I was managing all of the deliverables for my classes. Looking back I am not sure I would have changed anything but it was definitely a hectic time in my life.
What made you decide to return to school to get an MBA?
There were a couple of factors involved in my decision. Soon after I had graduated from the Carlson School undergraduate program I was already starting to become bored with my job as an applications programmer and I started exploring business schools as an option for my next step.
During this time I was also working part-time as a consultant for the Carlson School running the school's web servers. It was the early days of web technology and we were pioneers in moving content, curriculum, and tools to the Internet for faculty and students. Returning back to school gave me an opportunity to stay involved in this exciting work.
What value did the Carlson MBA bring to your career?
For me, and at that time in my life, there absolutely was value in getting an MBA. I had worked with mostly smaller companies prior to my MBA and the program offered me exposure to how large companies operated--mostly through case studies, discussions, and feedback from my classmates. The program also exposed me to an entirely new set of recruiters who were looking for new talent to bring into their organizations.