Meet Stella...

Date of Birth: 1996/01/22
Degree Program: Master of Management
University: European School of Management and Technology
Previous Internships: Bertelsmann Asia Investments, BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD
Student Challenger since: 2017

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
I am a fourth-year college student in Renmin University of China with a prospective bachelor’s degree in Economics in June, 2017. My major is international economy and trade. I was an exchange student in University of British Columbia based in Vancouver, Canada from September 2015 to January 2016.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
In summer, 2016, I worked as a summer intern in investment team of Bertelsmann Asia Investments. Meanwhile, I was also a member of Global Analyst Program. I assisted investment manager with the term sheet of NONGFENQI, a leading rural finance service provider in China and drafted the investment proposal. I polished the 9-page introductive PowerPoint of BAI including a portfolio overview and details of 70 assorted deals in 12 domains, conducted due diligence on online P2P lending platforms and research on blockchain and bitcoin.
From September 2016 to February 2017, I worked as a management trainee in BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD invested by Bertelsmann Asia Investments. I built an enduring partnership with video supplier Tongzhou Culture Media and together produced Bigo Live’s 1st official promotional video Bigo Live makes you LIVE differently which is widely applied in campus recruiting, SNS channel promoting, official website and check out at I reached out to PR agency Edelman and social media company Instabrand and Avia Games, cooperated with Avia Games and signed 1 top youtuber Vitaly, 4 big influencer and 50+ small influencers, prepared for Vitaly’s Halloween bull fight campaign and brought about 100k+ views.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
TMB made me know Bertelsmann better and gave me a chance for internship. Different and diverse business unit, digital transformation, innovative entrepreneur ideas, interesting and professional people are all what I get to know from TMB. My favorite aspect about my job is that I could always learn something new. I gained steep learning curve and rapid self-development during my time in Bertelsmann Asia Investments. When I worked as an intern in investment team, I need to do a lot of detailed research about a target company and industry in which I have no prior experience. These work helped me become sharper and accumulate more insights.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?     
As a global analyst in GAP of BAI, I with teammates once received a task to do an online slide presentation about blockchain to Annabelle Long and other VP and investment managers. It was very challenging because we had a time limit. Our five people were in the same group but located in four countries (two US, one China, one Switzerland and one Spain). Time difference was a big problem and made it hard for us to do discussion. None of us had any previous knowledge or experience in blockchain which was not easy to understand but even harder to explain. Luckily, we were a team with high efficiency, enough patience and high team spirit. So we made full use of our own advantages.  Team members with CS background were in charge of the explanation of tech part. I was relatively better at research so I finished a lot of research and gave outputs. But our work can still not explain all confusion and questions about blockchain from investment teams so I did a follow up and responded to their problems which turned out to be very rewarding.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Innovative. This is the quality I attach supreme importance to. Bertelsmann is a company with a long history and multiple business unit which operates in about 50 countries. Innovation can make a company appeal to new trend and survive in fierce competition. Change and reformation rely on innovation. I believe a successful employee at Bertelsmann should keep innovative and never be afraid of new ideas and constant change.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
I usually go to office in 9:30 am and say hello to colleagues in the same floor. Then I start to discuss with investment manager about his new project and my responsibilities for 30 minutes. After that, I start to work on my own. The work can be pure research, data mining or drafting investment proposal. Then, I often have a nice lunch with other interns and colleagues in restaurants near our office building. After a lunch and a break, I continue to do my work. Before the end of the day, I will report my progress and send outputs to investment manager and after I get his feedback, I start to polish my original work and submit final results before the end of the day.  

What are your professional goals? Any others?
Combined with my internship experience, in the long run I want to do strategy investment to help startups grow, especially in the field of new media and education. I have worked in a startup focusing on new media and a top venture capital in China. These work made me realize I am full of entrepreneurship spirit.

If you have one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?
Innovation. Innovation makes Bertelsmann alive and stronger.