Choose your boss wisely

From a very young age, Matthew had the drive to become an entrepreneur. He didn’t know exactly what he would do, but he knew he wanted to be independent.

Eager to see the world, he lived in Tokyo for 6 years, where he created 2 online retail companies. At that point, he decided to pursue an MBA degree: “So I looked for an entrepreneurial business school,” Matthew explains. “I found Vlerick’s curriculum − in both innovation and entrepreneurship − very compelling. And that brought me to Belgium.”

Today, Matthew is Co-founder & CEO of SettleMint − a Belgium-based software company that helps businesses integrate blockchain technology into their business model. The company also provides a set of software tools to assist developers in building blockchain-based applications.

A favourite memory of the Vlerick MBA programme? “I’ll always remember the IMEx business game challenge. Our team got off to a slow start, but in the end we won the game! Which was so motivating for all of us. The secret to our success was that after each round we went for a beer!”

Key message:
“Choose your boss wisely! People look very carefully at the industry they are interested in − but if you want to be really motivated in your job, choose your boss first − the industry will follow!”

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