Career Opportunity – Business Manager & Scrum Master  

Do you love the digital tech start-up scene? Are you motivated by results and do you like making this happen?

LifeShifter is a company founded and led by LISA Alumni Jana Hlistova (MSc’04) and they offer a new and innovative way of looking at work in today’s ever changing work environment.

Company Background:

Lifeshifter’s client is an agile software development company that was founded in Paris in 2009. They build scalable web applications in record time for clients including BNP Paribas IP, Sagem Safran, Société Générale, Solace and BlablaCar. After successfully growing the business to 100+ people in France, they have recently launched in the UK. In London they are currently a small team of engineers, business people, and Scrum Masters who are alumni of the top universities across Europe looking to emulate the success of the French office.

Their methodology, borne out of experience on more than 100 projects, is focused on helping clients iteratively build products to produce software that users actually use.

They follow three principles to ensure the success of your projects:

• small teams of highly skilled experts, dedicated to your project

• open-source web technologies for fast application development: Node.js, AngularJS, Symfony…

• the client’s agile methodology, based on Lean, Scrum and DevOps

The Opportunity:

We are looking for a business developer who will also take responsibility in running the business day to day. This individual thrives in the tech start-up scene and approaches every client and their business as a ‘problem solver’. You are very pro-active and enjoy scoping and qualifying potential opportunities. You understand how crucial building trusting client relationships is and you can quickly understand their business problem. Your consultative approach allows you to emphasise with the client and can help to formulate a solution. Your overall competence will urge you on to take responsibility within different areas of the business.

You will work with the clients, (be this a founder and/or a product owner), once a project is under way, providing agile coach support within a team.You are an avid learner and a quick thinker. You subscribe to lean and agile methodologies and genuinely care about your clients, their business and their success.


  • Generate qualified weekly sales leads & develop potential client relationships

  • Close deals and meet sales targets

  • Track sales pipeline progress in CRM

  • Manage existing project clients as an agile coach

  • Take responsibility for numerous areas within the business including:

    • Recruitment

    • Operations

    • Invoicing & Expenses

    • Management

    • Strategy

  • Attend industry events and conferences

  • Represent and promote the Theodo brand in industry


  • Top university graduate

  • Passionate about new technologies, especially web development

  • A former entrepreneur or have proven yourself in a sales/recruitment based role

  • 1-3 years of experience in business development/recruitment/running your own business

  • A fast learner

  • Self-starter

  • No task is too big or too small

  • Not afraid of the French

What We Offer:

  • The chance to make a massive contribution to a growing and successful business

  • We invest in our staff-we will provide training so you can grow

  • A very competitive salary

  • A fun working environment: social events all year round

  • And if you have a start-up idea or business, you can join the Theodo Incubator.

Please email or visit the LifeShifter Website – and feel free to mention that you are an LSE Information Systems or Department of Management connection – it helps !

Career Opportunity – Product Director

LifeShifter is a company founded and led by LISA Alumni Jana Hlistova (MSc’04) and they offer a new and innovative way of looking at work in today’s ever changing work environment.

A successful fast-growth tech start-up in the digital subscriptions and payments industry is working with LifeShifter, looking for a Product & Services Director to oversee the group’s product strategy and development plan.

The person they are looking for should be well versed in lean and agile methodologies and has worked in at least one start-up, and thrives on learning, technology. The candidate should ideally have worked in a tech and/or digital fast-paced environment, have a background in e-commerce, payments, billing or cloud computing/infrastructure services.

Are You are ready to take on a challenge?

The role is focussed on:

  • Defining the Product & Service offering (4 new products a year) in the B2B and B2C space
  • Creating testing plan for products to validate pricing, positioning and customer acquisition strategy
  • Defining the business model for each new product
  • Product marketing
  • Launching products and creating continuous improvement plan
  • Drive P&L of product for the first 6 months
  • Working closely with the business development to drive partnerships and develop the product.

The role is very multifaceted and requires a self-starter mentality and drive. Someone hands-on and driven, who can eventually run a team of 3-5 people in a lean and agile environment.

Detailed duties

  • Define a product strategy
  • Define a scalable product launch plan
  • Negotiate deals with product delivery partners
  • Test Ideas and pricing
  • Create business plans for CEO and CFO sign-off
  • Create offering and branding in partnership with Marketing Director
  • Create customer acquisition plan with Head of operations
  • Follow success of products and develop continuous improvements plans
  • Hit financial targets set in business plan

Skills and Attitude

  • Business acumen and consumer insight
  • Hands on
  • Creative
  • Solutions oriented
  • Highly driven and dynamic
  • Rigorous
  • Trustworthy and capable of managing highly sensitive information
  • Ability to manage many projects in parallel
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills

Please email or visit the LifeShifter Website – and feel free to mention that you are an LSE Information Systems or Department of Management connection – it helps !

LISA Summer Social

Summer is around the corner!   Join your fellow alumni on :

Wednesday  June 1st 2016

Garden & Bar @  The Old Bank of England Pub

194 Fleet St  City of London, EC4A 2LT

6:30 pm till late


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This will be a good networking opportunity with fellow alumni and meet your classmates.  Join us and feel free to bring your friends and classmates along.

See you there!

Stellup – The LSE Startup for Alumni by Alumni

Since it’s establishment in 2008, LISA has steadily grown as an Alumni network. However, Alumni networks and Associations promoting and maintaining their relationship with their Alma matter , is not as a strong culture in the United Kingdom as it is in the United States.

Guiseppe Belpiede, an LSE graduate of the Department of Management in 2011, realized the weakness in the alumni network and decided to do something about it. He decided to launch Stellup, a mobile app startup that connects alumni around the world to each other. In a Facebook fashion, they started with LSE and are growing their network to Alumni of Universities worldwide.

Charles (ADMIS’07) sat down with Guiseppe and asked him about Stellup

LISA: How did you come up with the idea to start Stellup?

We came up with the idea for Stellup after we graduated from university and experienced first-hand how challenging it can be to make new friends when relocating or travelling a lot. Before we founded Stellup, and in our first jobs after graduation, we lived in over 15 different countries. Whenever we arrived in a new place, we always try to connect with other alumni from LSE, CEMS, Bocconi or people who have worked at the same places as us, but we found that there was no easy way to find the right people to meet.

After we built the alumni networking piece, we realized that university fundraising needs even more help to go to mobile and to adopt an approach more similar to crowdfunding campaigns where supporters are helping towards a specific goal, in a social way and receiving perks however small they might be

LISA: What does Stellup do?

We help universities and high schools bring alumni networking and fundraising to mobile. Networking events, seminars and Public Speaker events are definitely great ways to bring Alumni together, but its mostly advertised through university websites or through social networks. People today look at their mobile phones as their main source of information. Websites and networks need to come to you now, when the “old” alumni networks still expect people to come to them , by visiting their website or their group.

Our app helps alumni and students meet new inspiring people, whether it is to find a local connection when travelling or to grow their professional network.

Similarly we help universities and associations get their communities more engaged on mobile and then let them fundraising for specific campaigns on our app. We see this as an enabler tool for universities to reach their community after they walk off the campus and into their professional lives. 

LISA: So how can Alumni use Stellup?

How many times you moved to a new city for work or holidays and wanted to connect with local people like you? Stellup is now the fastest way to get in touch with other LSE Alumni nearby. It’s a simple app that uses your current location to show you alumni near by, in a “tinder” fashion, where you can propose to connect with alumni from your School network .

Stellup takes your interests into account when connecting you with new people, which could lead to multiple opportunities: a new job, friendship, an interesting talk or precious tips and support. It also gives you the ability to fine tune who you want to connect, instead of going into an alumni network (if there is one) and working your way through people who may or may not have shared interests. It’s also great for shy people who are not as good with crowded rooms which can often be daunting.

By signing up with their Facebook (and soon Linkedin) account, users will be able to connect with and chat other LSE alumni nearby and/or with common interests.

Also, networks are invite-only, so only “genuine” alumni from the same university networks can connect to each other.

LISA: Tell us about the Stellup team, and how is the startup doing

We are a group of 10 core team members spread between San Francisco, London and Belgrade. We’re three founders, one marketing person and the rest are software developers. We got our first seed capital (in total 280k USD) from angels and seed funds in San Francisco, Rome and Mexico City.

We were selected by 2 incubators programs for 2 equity free grants of 40k USD, namely Start-Up Chile and Parallel 18.

LISA: How did your LSE experience influence your career path? Do you still leverage what you learned during your LSE year today?

A lot as through the LSE and my CEMS exchange in Brazil, I learnt Portuguese and then got my first job at Rocket Internet there. I still fully leverage the LSE network when I travel to new cities to meet other alumni and currently with Stellup I am trying to make this even better for LSE alumni. As they say , I actually drink my own Koolaid.

LISA: What do you see as the future of your business? Any major plans you’d like to share?

Our major plans rely around university fundraising since it very much needs to evolve.

While US institutions are very good and aggressive in fundraising, building what is a huge $37bn fundraising market, they are not on mobile at all yet and that is a huge opportunity for Stellup.

At the same time we want to bring US culture and learnings about fundraising back to Europe and Latin America to grow the markets there and leapfrog straight to mobile.

LISA: So how can we download the App???

Not just download the App, but there is a special code for LSE Alumni to get the best of the App and the LSE Network straight away!

LSE SSIT Open Research Forum on Data Science

We would like to invite submissions for the 2016 Social Study of IT Open Research Forum (SSIT ORF) Workshop at the London School of Economics on the 19th of May 2016. Aiming at PhD and junior researchers, this year’s workshop will investigate the variety of data centric research in the social sciences.


Arguably, we live in the age of the data revolution. The wave of data is redefining what we study, how we study it and how we theorise. Already acclaimed by some as a paradigmatic shift in science, the data revolution and data science receive considerable attention within the social sciences community. As such, this year’s Social Study of IT Open Research Forum of the Department of Management, LSE, aims at presenting research in progress in this area. If you are researching big data and analytics, this is the place for you to talk about your research, discuss potential stumbling blocks and hear from other participants who may be approaching similar research questions from different theoretical or methodological perspectives.

A significant feature of the Open Research Forum is its informality. While we discourage the use of slides, we will focus on panel presentations with plenty of time to focus on emerging questions and issues. You do not need to bring polished research, but rather to briefly present your topic, research question, theory, methodology and tentative or expected findings and engage in discussion with fellow researchers.

Registrations for the Open Research Forum are currently taking place. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a summary (500-1000 words) of the work or research issues you would like to present and discuss to and register here. If you are interested in participating without a presentation, you can register to attend here. Deadline for submissions is the 14th of April 2016. Successful participants will be notified by the 22nd of April 2016.

Looking forward to meeting you in May,

Open Research Forum Committee

iSCHANNEL Call for Papers

The iSCHANNEL, now in its eleventh year of publication cordially invites you all to submit papers for the 2016 volume.

iSCHANNEL is a student journal of information systems, based at the Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group of the LSE Department of Management. As a core subject, our journal focuses on the study of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and on the social implications of technological innovation. Still, research works from other perspectives are welcome, provided that they place the discussion on ICTs at the core of analysis and problematization.

Submissions for the 2016 issue will need to come in the form of research papers, revolving around one or more of the themes inscribed in the intellectual tradition of information systems. Authors are strongly encouraged to present papers where theory, while being clearly outlined, is matched by empirical studies, on which clear implications are predicated.

The deadline for final submission of work is on the 31st of March 2016. Manuscripts should be sent directly to

Paper submission guidelines: 

  • Manuscripts have a word limit of 4000 words. This includes title and footnotes, but excludes abstracts (max. 300 words), references and appendices.
  • All manuscripts should be submitted in MS Word format.
  • No material will be considered for publication if it is currently under consideration by another journal or press, or if it has been published or is soon to be published elsewhere.
  • Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not own copyright.


How to submit your paper 

  • Only electronic submissions (via e-mail) will be accepted
  • The subject of the email should be in the following format:

Paper Surname (e.g. PaperName Smith)

  • Email body should include:
    Full Name
    Programme and Department (Alumni provide graduation year as well)
    Title, Keywords, Word count (excl. references)

You can access the past issues here –

Looking forward to your submissions!

Irish Themed March LNETM Meetup – Drinks and Guest Speaker

The March LNETM will have an Irish theme, given it takes place during the week of St Patrick’s Day, and we have put together an amazing line-up of speakers including a fireside chat with Brian Caulfield (Partner at Draper Esprit and Chair of the Irish Venture Capital Association).

There will also be demo presentations from three highly innovative Irish companies:

• Advanced Field Solutionsis a SAAS based field service platform that enables companies to interact with their field service staff at the point of customer contact. The solution is focused on “grey collar” staff, allowing them to perform a mixture of service, inspection, estimates, installation, and delivery interactively with customers.

• Reward Technology has developed a seamless digital system linking shoppers, retailers, FMCGs and their customer analytics provider, which allows accurately targeted rewards and offers to be delivered immediately as a customer enters the store or shopping mall.

• SensiPass creates a 3-factor dynamic digital signature by capturing a real-time biometric image, and adding a simple-secret-trace over it, all on a smartphone. This provides strong multifactor authentication without passwords, PIN codes or extra hardware.

This meetup is free for all LSE Information Systems Alumni and Current Students! If you have any questions or would like to get on the guest list , please contact us at or Charles at

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

LNETM – February 2016 – Looking forward to see you there!

Join fellow technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors for the September London Enterprise Technology Meetup (LNETM) on Monday 15th February 2016 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

February’s LNETM will have a Cyber Security focus and, in collaboration with the global VC firm Accel Partners, we have put together an amazing line-up of speakers, including a panel discussion with:

• Alex Van Someren (Partner at Amadeus Capital)

• Edward Hammond (Security Architecture Executive from Deutsche Bank)

• Elisabetta Zaccaria (Founder of CyberY)

• James Cameron (Investor at Accel Partners, Moderator)

In addition, there will be demo presentations from three highly innovative UK based Cyber Security companies:

• Darktrace uses new technologies to iteratively learn a pattern of life for every network, device and individual user, correlating this information in order to spot subtle deviations that indicate in-progress threats, creating a proactive enterprise immune system.

• Miracl’s open source platform (called Apache Milagro) will enable a distributed trust paradigm to replace commercial certificate authorities ushering in a new, more secure, post-PKI Internet.

• Panaseer provides beautiful, timely, explorable security Intelligence to enable better communication with key stakeholders, based on an extensible “Data lake” platform that collects and combines data from many sources.

There will also be some short talks from various industry professionals, including James Chappell (CTO & Co-Founder of Digital Shadows) and Dexter Casey (Expert Cyber Security Responder)

Sign up today and don’t forget to tell your friends/colleagues

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!


Pizza and Drinks at Clements house with LSE Careers and IS Society


LSE Careers and the MISDI Information Systems Group are delighted to invite the LISA Community to an Alumni careers networking evening. This MISDI alumni careers event offers Alumni the opportunity to discuss their careers and chosen paths to the current students at the Information System Group ( the MISDI program).

It’s an opportunity for Alumni to mentor and tell students on ways to get experience, what careers in their area involves, how they secured their first job and their career paths to date. 

This is a formal invitation by the LSE Careers and the IS Student Society to the LISA group to come to their Alma matter and meet their successors following in their IS footsteps, over drinks and pizza! 

Alumni in attendance will have the chance to give a short intro:

  • Overview of their career to date
  • Brief summary of their current role
  • Advice for current students thinking about a career in their area.
  • Job hunting tips

Date: 28th of January 2016

Location : Clements House 7.02 on LSE Campus

Time: 6:30pm -> 8:30pm


******* LISA Annual Christmas Dinner *******

The LISA Social Committee is pleased to invite you to our annual Christmas Dinner, building on the great successes of the many dinners we have been hosting for the last few years. It will be an evening to catch up with old classmates and meet new ones, enjoy some good food and indulge in a few drinks!

Preem – 118-122 Brick Lane London E1 6RL GB – View Map

          Get your tickets before they run out!!!