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Rui Albuquerque - On Using Tech to Transform, Finding Product-Market Fit @ LBS & Making Fried Rice

Updated: Sep 8

Tell us about yourself 😄

Where are you from?

Lisbon, Portugal, EU, Europe, EMEA, World, Solar System, Milky Way, Local Cluster (don't worry, you'll get used to my sense of humour)

What is your role in TMC this year?

Senior Vice President, Treks (Skills)

What's a fun fact about yourself?

I've cooked fried rice 10 times in the last two weeks. My roommates have asked me to stop cooking 😂

Pre-MBA Life 🤓

What is your story leading up to the MBA?

I studied Electrical and Computer Engineering in university (BSc and MSc). Towards the end of my degree, I realised that I wanted to understand more about managing companies (with the hope of eventually moving into tech), so I went to work for Deloitte's Strategy & Operations Consulting practice where I stayed for 4 years until I decided I was ready to pivot back into tech in London (hence the MBA @ LBS). Outside of work, I've always loved running (having completed two half marathons). I also have a tech podcast with a friend (in Portuguese) and I love playing chess (liking the game unfortunately does not make me a good player... oh well, doesn't stop me from trying!). I'm also the co-President of the Portuguese Club, so if anyone want's to know more about the tech scene in Portugal, I'm the right person to call :)

Why did you choose to do your MBA at LBS?

I knew I want to stay in Europe after my MBA, so for me, London combined the best of being one of Europe's largest tech hubs and allowing me to create a local network (both in London and Europe in general). Additionally, coming from Portugal, a very uniform country, I really wanted to experience the diversity that comes with LBS!

Why are you interested in technology / what about technology are you most interested in?

My interest is driven by a deep interest for tech since I was a child. I love the way tech allows us to re-build complex interconnections that we've built in a world where information was slow in ways that allow us to instantaneously reach each other in faster ways with no middleman and with a wealth of information never before seen. I just like how all pieces stack together to create more than the sum of its parts.

Additionally, I really enjoy this transformational aspect of tech, so I constantly gravitate to sectors that I see can disrupt industries and create new ecosystems, for e.g. fintechs that are rebuilding the way we interact with money, SaaS B2B start-ups that reshape the way SMEs have access to so many services that were only afforded to giants before and/or how big tech has created huge ecosystems that transformed the way we communicate, we connect, we travel and eat and how we work). I love tech, because tech is transformational and transversal in a way no other industry is.

LBS Experience 😎

Describe your LBS MBA experience in 3 words

Friendships, growth and purpose

In the last year, I've made friendships with amazing people that I'll keep for life, I've grown as a person coming to a new city, with new people and navigating a totally unheard of situation and purpose because my summer internship really confirmed and cemented my purpose of wanting to work in tech. Let's just say, I found my product-market fit in this MBA haha!

What has been your most memorable experience from the LBS MBA so far?

The numerous trips I've had with the friends I've made!

What are your summer 2021 plans?

Strategy and Expansion Intern @ Stuart: I'm currently involved in two projects, one to evaluate and define the value proposition of a new vertical for Stuart; and one to help define the strategic plan for 2022, specially evaluating and prioritising new opportunities.

Plans Going Forward 🚀

What are your post-MBA goals/plans (in terms of career, life/living etc.)?

Working in tech in London. Either large tech companies, scale ups or start-ups I believe in.

What's your motto/mindset going into the final year of your MBA?

Let's get down to business!

What do you hope to achieve through TMC specifically this year?

I really want to share my passion with the 2023's. I want them to get to know the amazing tech community that our alumni all around the world have helped us build. I want to help them understand what kind of companies and regions they want to work in and help them experience a bit of that community and those companies through treks

Finally, what, if any, advice do you have for incoming LBS students?

When anyone from the MBA asks if you want to go try something new, meet new people, learn new things and generally have fun, the only appropriate answer is: Yes, Always, Everything (Si, Todo, Siempre)

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