by Francesco Rieppi – MAS fellow 2012/2013 – Sometimes good things happen for strange reasons and at strange time. I left BCG unsure about what to do next, disenchanted about a career path supposed to be banking or consulting related. The good thing came as an email from a friend about a position in an angel fund in Germany. The position was on a Facebook post, short and interesting enough to let me forget I did not speak a word of German and push me to apply for the MAS fellowship. Two Skype calls after I found myself in Berlin, in the middle of the European Startup scene. That was the begin of an experience that definitely changed my life.
I joined MAS as a former consultant – I left after 9 months as an entrepreneur. I spent 9 months absorbing all what I could from some of the best people I could hope to work with. I threw away my consultant approach to slides, moved from problem-solving to solution-seeking and eliminated the world hierarchy from my vocabulary. Startup screening, due diligence, companies’ valuation and conferences made each day a complete new learning opportunity and naturally pushed me towards my own startup.
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