Typical 24: Matt Lautz, President & CIO, CorvisaCloud

IDG Connect is looking to speak to IT, business and marketing professionals across the spectrum to discover more about their very different, typical working days…

IDG Connect is looking to speak to IT, business and marketing professionals across the spectrum to discover more about their very different, typical working days…

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  Name:  Matt Lautz

  Job title:  President & CIO

  Company:  CorvisaCloud

  Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

  Years’ experience: 15+



1.      What time do you reach the office each day?
I’m usually in between 6:30 and 7am when I’m not traveling. Getting in earlier lets me get a jump start on work and head out at a reasonable time so that I can have dinner with my family and help with bedtime for my sons.


2.      Is your job varied? 
Yes, every day is a little different.


3.      Is your job creative? 
Maybe not in the traditional sense of what many people would say is a “creative” job, such as an artist or advertising professional, but I would say that every entrepreneur has a creative job. Any job where you’re dreaming up new products, finding solutions or solving problems is a creative job.


4.      What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
It’s divided between working with clients, selling and proposing solutions for prospective customers, collaborating with our product and development teams on our product roadmaps, and working on overall corporate strategy.


5.      Do you personalise your desk?
Like many people, I have pictures of my family – my wife and three little boys. I also have an autographed Aaron Rodgers Packers helmet.  A year or so ago our CFO had these hilarious custom bobbleheads made up to look like our leadership team. Those are on my desk and we sometimes have a good time joking around with them on video conferences.


6.      Would you describe yourself as creative? 
See #3.


7.      Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
Nothing in particular, although who knows what my wife would say!


8.      Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues? 
Both, but I would say more often than not I’m working with a colleague, a partner or a client. Our leadership team is very collaborative and working together allows us to bring the best solutions to the table.


9.      How many hours on average do you work a day? 


10.   Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
It’s probably 90% of my day.


11.   Do you use social media much for work?
As a company we do, but personally I don’t. I’m more of an email and phone type of person.


12.   What do you enjoy most about your work? 
I enjoy bringing innovative ideas and products to the contact center industry, which hasn’t been known for innovation. Our leadership team believes in differentiation and it is exciting to be able to work with some of the smartest people I know to create products that are different, are innovative and most importantly, are helping other businesses be more successful.


13.   What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
I like country. When I’m not on the phone or in a meeting, I almost always have music playing.


14.   What do you do for lunch? 
I’m typically eating at my desk quickly between meetings. 


15.   Do you socialise with work colleagues? 
Doing fun corporate activities has always been a part of our culture and I try to participate when possible.  I have yet to win a company cook-off but I’m our reigning ping-pong tournament champion.


16.   Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of? 
Accounting is probably the one that comes to mind first.  It’s been nice to have a team of professionals to handle that so I can focus on other parts of our business.


17.   What is your last task of your day? 
Catching up on emails that I didn’t get to during the day.


18.   How do you like to relax after work? 
I really enjoy spending time with my family, although with three little boys I’m not sure I would always classify it as “relaxing”!  I also like to spend time outside or watch a movie or TV with my wife once the kids are asleep.


19.   Do you keep checking email through the evening? 
Like most people these days, I’m “on” most of the time.  I try to stay off my phone and email until my kids go to bed whenever possible though.


20.   Do you take work projects home with you? 


21.   What would you say to your 20-year old self? 
Buy stock in Apple! On a more philosophical note, I would tell myself to not worry about “being young” because no one cares.  Looking back, I see that as a young entrepreneur in my 20s, my age felt like a bigger deal to me than it did to anyone else.  If you have innovative ideas and surround yourself with people who can complement your strengths, age really is just a number.


22.   If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
Something in intelligence for the CIA or FBI.  I think the information and technologies that they use would be fascinating.


23.   What device did you use to answer these questions? 
A laptop – I was traveling.


24.   Do you use your own personal device for work?