First-Person

Inaki Ruiz

Inaki Ruiz
MBA 12

Strategic Relationships Director
France Telecom - Orange
Madrid, Spain

Internship:
OneClick
Madrid, Spain

Previous degree:
B.A., Business AdministraciĆ³n
Universidad Comercial de Deusto
Bilbao, Spain

Job prior to Haas:
Strategic Marketing Director
France Telecom Spain - Orange
Madrid, Spain

Having worked in the "safe environment of big companies where red tape can make it hard to get things done," IƱaki Ruiz is using his MBA studies to launch a career as an entrepreneur. Berkeley Haas, with a reputation for nurturing creativity and encouraging students to Question the Status Quo, was, he says, "the perfect place."

"Competing in the UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition was one of my best experiences. My partners and I spent six months working on a business plan and placed second in the competition. More important, we met lots of people in different disciplines, people that could be potential partners or connect us with funders."

"The Haas faculty members are experts in their fields, and they have the practicality that comes from real-world experience. They also have great connections in different industries which means they can bring in great speakers. And they are generous about sharing their contacts with us. "

"Classes like Storytelling for Leadership will teach me new skills that will be very important when I start to tell the story of my start-up to potential partners and venture capitalists."

"It was important for me to be in a place that would be good for my family. We live in UC Village, surrounded by the families of lots of other international students. My kids, aged seven, five, and three, were welcomed in school. Now, they speak English better than I do and have friends from all over the world."

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