After an eye-opening experience around the irresponsible disposal of waste in India, Rubicon’s Hunter Dunbar knew that he wanted to be at the forefront of solving some of the world’s greatest problems — and solve them with technology.
With a hunger for making real change, Dunbar joined the Rubicon family a little over a year and a half ago. After working in SMB sales for a few months, Dunbar transitioned into a Product Manager role to work more closely with some of our most innovative and cutting-edge tech. After working in the Atlanta office, Hunter packed his surfboard and headed for the west coast to continue his Rubicon journey.
Let’s get to know Hunter Dunbar:
1. What is your role at Rubicon? How long have you been with the company?
I’m a Product Manager, working on RUBICONPro and RUBICONSmartCity technology. I mainly work on devices that go in or on the garbage trucks; as well as the interfaces through which the drivers, managers, and cities view their data. I originally started at the company working in SMB sales and did that for six months before I took the Product Manager role. I have been with the company for a year and a half.
2. What is one new thing you learned this week in your role?
One new thing I learned this week in my role is that Rubicon needs to work towards launching some sort of coin. I learned that adding a blockchain asset to your name automatically increases the value of the company by a shockingly large amount.
3. What sparked your passion for sustainability?
When I was at the University of Minnesota, I was the recipient of a fellowship that allowed me to work for a social startup that focused on waste management in India. I spent four months touring dump sites, spending time at “recycling” facilities, and meeting with hundreds of organizations to solve problems around organic waste throughout India. It was a life-changing experience that ultimately showed me just how bad waste can and will affect a community if not handled responsibly.
4. How do you contribute to the RubiCulture?
Although I recently moved to San Francisco and now only have monthly visits to the Atlanta headquarters, I try to get involved and stay engaged the best that I can. I also try to make sure that we are walking the walk on the west coast. On the day to day, I really try to make my primary focus on building technology and experiences that will make the company proud. I have also made it my personal mission to know which cutting-edge technologies are coming out so we can stay ahead of the curve in our space.
5. Did the fact that Rubicon is a B Corporation play into your decision to come aboard?
Yes – I want to work on problems that matter. What attracted me most to Rubicon was the disruptive model and potential for real change.
6. What is one piece of advice you heard outside of the office that you apply to your work?
Make paths like a fox, not a wolf. When a wolf pack hunts or travels, the entire pack follows one single path beaten down by the lead wolf. When a fox hunts or travels, it never puts its foot down in the same place twice. In my position, trying to build solutions for Rubicon, it’s important to not follow the beaten path laid down by the incumbents or make assumptions about what technology can or cannot do.
7. If any actor (dead or alive) could play you in the movie of your life, who would you cast and why?
I would say Ashton Kutcher. My nickname in high school was Kelso, based after his character in That 70’s Show.
8. If you could play any professional sport: what would it be and why?
Baseball – I played in college for a couple years but never really got to reach my potential due to an injury and a couple of surgeries.
9. You’re on a deserted island and a helicopter drops down one food for you daily, what would you eat every day for the rest of your life?
10. What is one eco-responsible action that you try to incorporate into your everyday life?
I try to conserve energy by matching my attire to the conditions. If it’s warm, I’ll work in shorts and a T-Shirt. If it’s cold, I’ve got my sweatshirts and wool socks on. In San Francisco, this can all happen on the same day.
11. Who is your favorite B-Corporation and why?
Patagonia. They don’t set hard “growth” goals – their philosophy is to continue making good products and they will grow organically and naturally; sometimes revenue is up, sometimes it’s down. They make quality products that they back for a lifetime, they repair damaged clothes, and most importantly there is a policy at their corporate office that allows employees to skip out of work and go surfing whenever they want. Amazing!
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