Zack Hilton joined the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration as a Financial Technology Executive-In-Residence (EIR). Hilton has held executive positions at Microsoft, Intuit, and multiple start-ups with successful exits (acquisitions and IPOs). He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and Enterprise Architecture from Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science.
Why Financial Technology?
“Innovation occurs at the intersection of technology and industry – Netflix (technology & entertainment), Airbnb (technology & travel), and Tesla (technology & automotive). As the largest sector and industry, Financial Services provides a tremendous opportunity for value creation. The intersection of finance and technology yields disruptive products that rapidly change everyday behavior, such as Venmo, Bitcoin, and Square.
Having worked at some of the world’s largest technology and financial services companies in addition to start-ups, I understand the importance of building innovative and profitable products.”
Why are you excited to be involved with Pitt Business?
“I’m excited to develop meaningful and innovative programs for students interested in creating disruptive solutions at the intersection of financial services and technology. I’m constantly amazed by the wealth of opportunities the university provides to students. By being proactive and taking advantage of these available opportunities, you can maximize the return of your educational investment. Schedule an appointment through Handshake to discuss career paths, technology skills, employment opportunities, or anything technology and financial services related.”
What is a fun fact about yourself?
“I’ve worked for and built companies in Seattle, Palo Alto, and Newport Beach. However, Pittsburgh is home. My favorite Pittsburgh memory is the 2011 Chris Cornell concert at the Carnegie Music Hall. Before scheduling an appointment with me on Handshake, please consider listening to his song, “I Am the Highway.”