Tech Movers and Shakers: Sheng Huang
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
Sheng Huang, Chinese American
Past professional life: Deloitte Consultant, 2 x Cleantech startups, Google business analyst, Niantic Labs (Google’s AR gaming team) User Ops
What is your ‘LBS tech story’? Where do your interests lie?
I have a narrow and broad view of “tech”. The narrow definition includes big tech (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple), startups, and VCs. But more broadly I see tech as the enabler and disrupter in every other sector from government to healthcare to fashion. Someone who understands tech can see opportunities in almost any industry.
Contrary to what most people do, I escaped the Silicon Valley because I felt its view of the world was too narrow and I wanted to see tech and entrepreneurship was evolving and impacting people around the globe, especially in Europe and in Asia.
At LBS, I’ve been part of the Entrepreneurship Club, Tech Club, and TELL Series. My involvement with the broader London ecosystem include Hello Tomorrow as Fintech chair, Mass Challenge as startup judge, and European Commission’s Startup Europe Week as a lead organizer. I recently joined Founders of the Future, an invite-only community of the most promising entrepreneurial talent in technology in Europe.
What did you do for your summer-internship and what are you doing full-time after graduation? How did you secure these jobs?
What do you consider to be your most significant contribution to London Business School tech-community?
In February 2015, Romain Assuncao and I pitched the idea of hosting a Hackathon at LBS to the LBS faculty, Career Services and Deloitte Institute. It was to be a 3-day event bringing together 90+ business students, designers, and engineers to build prototypes from ideas. LBS, while strong in business, was far removed from the startup scene in Shoreditch and lacking in technical talent. The Hackathon was an attempt to bring the Silicon Roundabout to LBS.
Together with an all-star team that included LER’s Graeme Burns, the first LBS Hackathon was launched successfully three months later. A second Hackathon was held a mere 6 months afterward and will hopefully continue to be a LBS tradition going forward.
What was the highlight of your MBA?
What is the one thing you wish you knew before coming to LBS?
How has your London Business School experience shaped or influenced your interest in the tech-sector?
- Living with two Colombian flatmates who are both pursuing their own startups post-graduation in London and Colombia.
- Leading 2 amazing hackathon teams consisting of people from the UK, Germany, Burma, India, France, USA, Australia, Israel and Brazil. Many of them will return to their home countries and drive tech and economic change there.
What advice would you give to the incoming class of London Business School?
Are you staying in London after graduation? How can people get in touch with you?
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