From Big Data To FoodTech, Business School Students Explore Disruptive Technology
When it comes to making or managing technological disruptions, going to business school can help
From Bitcoin to big data, self-driving cars and virtual reality, disruptive technology is transforming the business landscape.
Disruptive technologies could have a global economic impact of between $14 and $33 trillion a year in 2025. As technology continues to evolve at a relentless rate, those able to tap in to the disruptive technology sector have the potential to drive major innovation.
At Hult International Business School, an emphasis on an international, practical education has helped students launch successful careers in disruptive technology.
A Global Mindset
It’s estimated that a further 2.5 billion users will enter the online world before 2022. To harness the power of disruptive technology requires a global mindset; a broader view of how various industries work across international borders.
In fact, 84% of business school alumni in the technology industry work for companies with locations in multiple countries.
Renato Gallo went to Hult to study a Master’s in International Business. He chose Hult because of the international opportunities on offer.
“I was looking for opportunities to get some international exposure and wanted some hands-on learning which is hard to find in most cases. Based on the possibility to immerse myself in so many different cultures and travel to different campuses around the world, I chose Hult.”
Hult Business School has campuses across the world, including San Francisco, London and Dubai, giving its students the opportunity to study in multiple locations. The school has students from over 160 countries who speak over 100 languages
Having always had a passion for video games, Renato got a job at GameAnalytics as a developer relations associate after his degree. The company allows game developers to analyse a vast amount of data on their products to improve their games.
Renato attributes much of his success at the company to his experiences at Hult. “We got to work in the classroom with so many people, all of those people are from different countries and different backgrounds. I got to work with at least 40 different internationalities over the year.
“Now, in my current position, I interact with people from lots of different parts of the company, marketing, HR, product engineers—people from different departments with different inclinations and personality traits.”
Renato has now also co-founded his own technology startup, EasyBlock, which develops and sells anti-theft devices for motorbikes. The company has recently expanded and is now in multiple locations across Europe.
Challenging the status quo
Another business school student-turned entrepreneur, David Rodriguez completed his Global One-Year MBA at Hult in 2015. He went on to found Food for All, a foodtech startup and app which reduces food waste by selling left-over restaurant food at discount prices.
“Hult helped me to challenge the status quo, being always in constant awareness of global challenges and bring global solutions for them,” David explains.
After launching in September of 2017, David’s app amassed more than 200 restaurant participants by the fall of 2018.
“We discovered that throwing away perfectly good food is a logistics problem and we solved it without ever touching the food! We simply match surplus meals to paying customers willing to pick them up directly at the restaurants. Restaurants generate extra revenue, reach new customers, and align their brands with a cool sustainable movement.”
David’s app has helped customers get high quality food for a cheap price, and has diverted over 100,000 pounds of food from the trash.
With the help of his MBA education from Hult, David’s been able to lead disruption in the food sector. “Our mission is to make sure no food is ever wasted,” he says.