Archive | March, 2012

What I did after the MBA

11 Mar

It’s been a while since I did a blog post, so I thought I should really write a quick update on what I’ve been up to since finishing the MBA last September.

So I was trying to get my own little start-up idea going, but, as I’d already blogged about, I was rapidly running out of runway. Then, seemingly out of the blue, via a classmate, LinkedIn and Skype, an opportunity came along that was too good to turn down.

If I could describe my ideal job (if I was not starting my own company), it would probably be something along the lines of “working for an investment fund, helping them start Internet companies”.

…so I am now Venture Development Director at Rocket Internet, helping them start their Internet companies in the UK. I think that worked out quite well then. ­čÖé

Rocket Internet┬áhas a particular reputation and it’s fair to say it divides opinion. Its critics describe it as a “clone factory”. Here’s a recent article in Wired, “Inside the clone factory“, where one of the fund’s founders gives a rare interview. Make you own mind up.

All I can say is – it’s fascinating being on the inside. I cannot imagine it would be possible to get a better lesson in Internet startup execution. Even Rocket’s most vocal critics would be hard-pressed to deny Rocket are masters of execution.

So does that mean I’ve┬áabandoned┬ámy own entrepreneurial ambitions? Of course not! Sometimes it only takes an unexpected spark of inspiration to get me thinking about it all again. What I do know, is that I ever do get back in to another startup of my own, I will be immeasurably better as an entrepreneur thanks to the Rocket experience.