Matt Hunt is a professional speaker, blogger, consultant and founder of Stanford & Griggs, LLC. While getting his undergrad in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Matt first stepped into the forefront of Internet technology, pioneering one of the school’s first web servers. While completing his MBA degree, Matt set out to work on Wall Street which sparked an 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.
While failure has recently become a favorite buzzword in the popular press and business journals it is still a tainted word in most American businesses that are driven continued career growth, quarterly profitability and shareholder returns. While at Best Buy, he created the Failure Forums to capture the wisdom and lessons learned from the long list of innovation initiatives with the goal that sharing those lessons across the organization can help drive further innovation and avoid costly mistakes in the future. Now, Matt Hunt is ready to share this wisdom and innovation strategies with your organization to fuel innovation and catalog failure as a learning tool to drive organizational enhancement.
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.