Tyler Hartung

Finance, 2004
Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder, Unreasonable Institute

A change in major from applied mathematics to finance had more of an influence than Tyler could know. A microfinance class with Professor Sousan Urroz-Korori started a string of connections that would help Tyler launch an international institute that is making an impact across the globe.,

Professor Sousan Urroz-Korori introduced Tyler to Professor Francy Milner, who connected him with Daniel Epstein (philosophy '08), who shares Tyler's interest in social entrepreneurship. Daniel introduced Tyler to Teju Ravilochan (international affairs '09) and Vladimir Dubovskiy (applied mathematics '10). Tyler, Daniel, Teju and Vladimir went on to found the Unreasonable Institute, which help entrepreneurs connect with mentors and funders to tackle the world's greatest challenges.,

The circle of connections continues to grow for Tyler and the Unreasonable Institute (UI), including Noha Kikhia, UI intern (Spanish and business open option); Sean Kuusinen, UI program manager (ecology and evolutionary biology '14); Paul Jerde, UI board member and former executive director of CU-Boulder's Deming Center for Entrepreneurship (MBA '74); George Deriso, UI mentor and professor, entrepreneurship, and advisor to Deming Center for Entrepreneurship; and Dr. Neal Baer, UI funder and executive producer, NBC-Universal.

Another invaluable connection started when Tyler served as president of The Herd, the student alumni association. Upon graduation, he got his first job as the program coordinator for student and young alumni activities with the CU-Boulder Alumni Association.,