Matt Noesen here (he/him). This is my very first day as a Pathrise fellow–I’m in the product strategy and ops track and REALLY looking forward to this process, as well as meeting/interacting with fellow fellows and everyone else that is a part of this program!
My “industry”… that’s a good question. I had a tough time choosing between the SWE, design, and product strategy pathways thanks to my diverse-but-connected background. I have some experience with startups and high-growth ventures in education tech, and I am fervently passionate about anything that improves the quality of–and access to–education. I also earned an MBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 2012, and it concentrated on strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
More recently, I’ve learned a lot about coding, accumulating 4 different certifications in the full-stack development arena: responsive web design, algorithms and data structures, front-end libraries (e.g. Bootstrap, jQuery, Sass, MaterialUI, etc.), plus one cert that was a deep-dive into React/Redux. I ended up on the product strategy track in the hopes of getting to leverage all the different, interconnected facets of my education and experience.
One thing I am looking forward to…
This might sound a little cliche, but seeing where this goes! Since I have a semi-unique background, I think there are a number of different ways this could work out well. So I am particularly enthused about seeing where I “fit” best!
Lastly, what I enjoy: I know I already mentioned being a huge supporter of educational innovation and teaching. I also am hopelessly fascinated by physics and cosmology–Quanta magazine, black holes, the Higgs boson, and all that jazz. In fact, I love all things nature–animals, growin’ stuff (especially bonsai trees), and the ocean. My bliss is being on the water–whether that means at the shore or on a boat, and I am hoping to ultimately lead my career in a direction where I might eventually work remotely from somewhere with endless, warm turquoise waters to explore–like Belize, St. Martin, or Curacao to name a few candidates!
I hope to read about and meet (at least virtually) some of the other fellows that are participating in this process. Here’s to a successful program for us all!