Hi, I'm Matt Hunt, I help people understand the importance of learning from failure.
Matt Hunt is a professional speaker, blogger, consultant and founder of Stanford & Griggs, LLC. With over 20 years of business and technology experience he has a demonstrated excellence in business strategy, innovation, and leadership development with large companies, small companies and non-profit organizations.
Matt Hunt began his career as a technologist and was an applications programmer and Internet technology consultant as he finished his undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. While he was at the University of Minnesota, Matt first stepped into the forefront of Internet technology having been a pioneer in launching one of the school’s first web servers.
While completing his MBA degree, Matt set out to work on Wall Street for Morgan Stanley as an IT associate where he helped to lead a team of MBAs to catalog and report the firm’s IT risk exposure. After completing his degree he returned to Morgan Stanley and focused on building their Global Outsourcing Platform, eventually rising to Vice President. It was this early exposure to Wall Street business models that began Matt’s interest in building new business platforms, driving innovation, managing risk exposure and understanding the inherent element of failure in attaining success.
As Matt joined Best Buy he had the fortunate opportunity to work on numerous innovative initiatives launching new store concepts and new retail models. As a Director of Innovation Development one of his tasks was to shut down a new store concept that Matt had been responsible for. During this process it had become evident that the company had lacked a process to capture the insights and lessons from the numerous innovation projects that had failed previously. Based on his education and business experience he understood that failure was an undeniable part of the innovation process and that there was a valuable commodity inherent in that failure – wisdom.
Matt Hunt serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Bakken Museum and the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth. He had previously served on the Board of Directors for the Tesseract School of Eagan. His community service includes volunteering as the Corporate Lead for Best Buy’s Women’s Leadership Forum (New England) and with several chapters of Habitat for Humanity.
Experience as a Public Policy Fellow at the distinguished Humphrey School of Public Policy, University of Minnesota, further enriched and inspired Matt Hunt’s experience in innovation leadership and advancing public policy issues for the common good.
Matt Hunt is a results driven leader that has a track record of building new business platforms. He relishes in defining what the future will look like, building a ground-up strategy to meet that future, and through the ambiguity involved in innovation he enjoys moving a team and an organization toward that vision. While failure is inherent in the innovation process, with careful analysis and planning it can lead to organizational improvement and ultimately success. Matt Hunt has begun consulting to assist organizations in driving a culture of innovation, building a learning organization, and cultivating failure into success.