Digibee Employee Highlight Series: Matthew Kurto, Digital Architect, US
Matt Kurto (known as just “Kurto”) was one of the first people my manager wanted our team of new hires to meet, and it’s easy to see why — he loves what he does, and his enthusiasm for Digibee is infectious. While I sat sipping tea on a cold, rainy day in New England, it took less than five minutes talking to Kurto for me to forget that it was so dreary outside. He is dynamic, warm, cheerful, and full of energy.
Kurto’s decision to join Digibee was threefold. First, he was professionally connected to our CRO Ken Arredondo, and said “if you look at the list of people you have worked with in your career, that if they called and said they wanted you to come work with them, well, for me, Ken would be on the top of that list.” Secondly, researching the product set and market further piqued his interest because he realized that “even though the US market is crowded, the Digibee value proposition is so unique, when we include our delivery model, that we are born in the cloud, how we can scale… it was such a compelling technology, that I just had to be a part of it!” And lastly, Digibee is a Brazilian-based company expanding into the US, and Kurto had very positive experiences in his career working with Brazilians. He was excited to have more exposure to Brazilian culture, which he describes as “amazing, family-oriented, team-oriented, with everyone helping each other.” In fact, Kurto has "never met a Brazilian he didn’t like." Now, almost a year later, Kurto enjoys a job where he actually wakes up every day excited to go to work.
Life at Digibee
Kurto is an experienced and charismatic public-speaker; he can be found “hamming it up” at churches, community meetings, and coaching on the sidelines of a soccer field. He loves bringing that side of himself to the sales domain while giving presentations, teaching and training customers, and getting others excited about what Digibee has to offer. Kurto is unique in that he is both a sales person and a technologist. He enjoys the complexity and precision of coding just as much as he loves engaging new customers and demonstrating how to solve their business problems with our “phenomenal tech.”
Kurto has really embraced the start-up culture and the thrill of building something, but it doesn’t come without challenges. There are many decisions to make and processes to put in place, Kurto has learned, the key is to be creative and flexible.
The Future Ahead
Despite Digibee’s exceptional product, we are still new to the US market. Kurto believes Digibee’s future will be that “when someone goes to the marketplace and needs an integration platform or strategy, Digibee is at the top of that list.” That vision comes from seeing that “the technology is there, the culture is there, the people are there — we just need the chance to execute.” Kurto sees that momentum is building, and knows that as customers start using Digibee’s product, our name will spread across the industry. That Digibee can and will compete against the legacy players in the eiPaaS ecosystem and differentiate itself to become a leader in the industry.
Balancing Work & Life at Digibee
A father of three, spanning from elementary-age to college-age, Kurto is a family man first. He spends a lot of his free time volunteering with the High School Marching Band, as President of the Booster Association, teaching Sunday school at church, and cheering on the soccer field. Family time is a priority, and they love traveling together a few times a year, whether traveling abroad, going to Disney, or just spending a long weekend at the beach.
Kurto feels that the lessons of family life have greatly impacted who he is as an individual and as an employee. Having three children going in three different directions has taught him the value of being flexible, organized, and adaptable. His experiences at home managing multiple schedules and solving daily problems have given him the tools to remain calm and pragmatic when faced with challenges at work.
Kurto and I found common ground on our philosophy about work-life balance. Kurto tells his children “don’t be a victim, be a victor” - I am definitely going to steal that one. We talked about how we believe that it’s important to find fulfillment in your work and to model that for your children’s expectations of their own future careers. We spend so much time at work: if you don’t love what you do or enjoy doing it, you should move on. Well, Kurto hasn’t found one thing he doesn’t love about Digibee.
I truly enjoyed chatting with Kurto. It was invigorating to talk to someone with such a positive outlook on life and work. I look forward to continuing these interviews with other “Digibees” working to bring awareness of Digibee’s innovative enterprise integration solution forward in the US and globally. I hope you’ll keep reading them!