Old Bank of England

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 SSIT-ORF@lse.ac.uk 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 is.channel@lse.ac.uk.

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 – http://www.lse.ac.uk/management/research/faculty-groups/is-faculty-group/is-channel.aspx

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 ian@lnetm.com or Charles at cwahab@alumni.lse.ac.uk

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!!!




Credit Suisse Graduate Opportunity

Major Investment Bank Credit Suisse has recently had some rare openings for their September 2016 Graduate intake. This position is a great opportunity for any recent graduates of 2014,2015 or the current 2016 class.

Please contact Anand Paul (anand.paul@credit-suisse.com) with your updated resume and a short 2 sentence description.


LNETM is BACK for 2015-2016 – Join Us!

Join fellow technologists, entrepreneurs, and investors for the September London Enterprise Technology Meetup (LNETM) on Monday 28th September 2015 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. 

We will have demo presentations from four highly innovative companies:

• DynamicIQ has created a product called Application Modeller, which is a better approach to software configuration, focused on providing an integrated configuration environment with a resilient/scalable engine and other helpful tools to make IT teams more effective.

• Illumio provides an Adaptive Security Platform (ASP) that is completely independent of underlying infrastructure and delivers visibility and control over workloads running in any data center or cloud environment. It computes security policies and ensures they are provisioned accurately by understanding and continuously adapting to changes in the infrastructure and applications.

• Move Guides brings together all the fragmented pieces of talent mobility management in a single technology platform, making it easy for both employees and companies to manage moves. Their Talent Mobility Cloud is easy to use by anyone in a company, integrating with core IT systems and supporting all aspects of mobility – including the employee move, integrated payments, vendors, and automated workflows/reporting.

• Demo Four – TBC

We plan to continue piloting Glisser at the September Meetup, as it has great potential to enhance the user experience at LNETM events. If you have any feedback on the product from July’s event, please drop me a line.

This Meetup is FREE for all LSE IS Alumni and Current Students. Contact Ian at  ian@lnetm.com , Charles at cwahab@alumni.lse.ac.uk , or Mariya at mariyad@gmail.com  so they can add you to the attendee list.

  • Meeting will be at:


    107 cheapside
    EC2V 6DN

    Orrick is between Bank and St Pauls Tube stations, opposite St Mary Le Bow church