Tech Movers and Shakers: Mollie Amkraut
The London Entrepreneurship Review in conversation with the personalities of the LBS MBA Class of 2016 technology and entrepreneurship community. A special tribute to the Class of 2017, the incoming Class of 2018 and all future LBS students.
Basic profile - Name, Nationality and Past Professional Background
Mollie Amkraut, American and Israeli national
Past professional life: Ernst & Young auditor → Ernst & Young business development group → joining a tech startup for 5 months before moving to London.
What is your ‘LBS tech story’? Where do your interests lie?
When I came to LBS, I knew I wanted to “be in Tech” and since I was new to London, I knew I needed to start networking asap, so I chose my LBS clubs and activities based on that. I took on speaker sourcing for the Entrepreneurship Forum as well as TEDxLBS, and with both of these conferences, I went after speakers who I found personally interesting. For example I thought Blippar, the augmented reality company based in London was pretty neat, so I recruited one of their founders to speak at TEDxLBS 2015.
What really helped was finding a London-tech-mentor, who clued me into the up-and-coming London startups. That’s how I got involved with Deliveroo - back when they were only 30 people. I’ve done two part-time stints at Deliveroo during my MBA, which I loved. It was phenomenal to see a company grow THAT fast.
What did you do for your summer-internship and what are you doing full-time after graduation? How did you secure these jobs?
I took my time finding a summer internship. I wanted to work at an exciting startup, but come June I hadn’t found the right one. I was about to give up and go travel, but then an internship at Atomico, one of the big London VCs came through on career centre. I liked the firm and I figured, hey, if I haven’t found a startup I’ve loved yet, a VC internship could be the right place to keep looking. I was also curious about VC itself. So I joined Atomico and it was a fantastic experience.
One of the coolest things I did at Atomico was a deep dive on the Artificial Intelligence landscape. AI was becoming buzzy, and I was curious to find out what it was all about, so I did a bunch of research and discovered I absolutely LOVE this type of technology, and thinking through its many applications. I just started full-time job hunting in June and am looking for opportunities in this space.
What do you consider to be your most significant contribution to London Business School tech-community?
I’m hoping that my contribution to LBS’s tech-community has been convincing fellow students that there’s absolutely no hurry to find a job. The best tech jobs come late, sometimes super late, but they’re worth waiting for. I hope I’ve convinced at least a few people not to race into consulting because of its early deadlines, or to settle for a job they don’t want just to have a job secured. There are SUCH great jobs in the tech community and it takes time and patience to find them. Search long and hard!
What was the highlight of your MBA?
The people. Full stop.
What is the one thing you wish you knew before coming to LBS?
I wish I hadn’t signed up for so many clubs and activities in the first month. It felt like all the cool club-roles were happening then, but I didn’t realize how many opportunities there are to do other leadership roles, or create them. I wish I’d only took on two leadership roles at the start, and had time for other things later on.
How has your London Business School experience shaped or influenced your interest in the tech-sector?
LBS gave me two years to freely explore the tech-sector. Not only that, but being a student is a great way to get meetings with fascinating people in the space. I used the time to figure out which part of Tech was interesting to me, and narrow down from there. It was always fun chatting tech and bouncing ideas off classmates who were also tech-enthusiasts.
What advice would you give to the incoming class of London Business School?
Be bold and take risks. You’re spending too much time and money on this degree to not go for your dream job, so figure out what that job is and don’t settle!! Or, if you don’t know what the dream is, network like crazy and you’ll come across something you love.
Are you staying in London after graduation? How can people get in touch with you?
To be determined, but you can find me via @mamkraut
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