Konstantinos Papalexandris

Monday, 01/10/2012

Graduation Year: 2009 (MBA 17)

Group Product Manager BIODERMA Laboratoire Dermatologique, GUM oral care, Tilman natural products at Pharmathen

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Could you update us on your latest professional developments?

Ι am currently in charge of the business development of Doctoranytime.gr. Having worked for an advertising agency and then for L’Oreal, I realized that my true need was to stream my creativity and business thinking into a new venture that would address a real consumer need and would have the potential to make the difference both in Greece and abroad. It was at L’Oreal where I met Eleftheria Zourou and we started together designing the Doctoranytime.gr service.

How did ALBA help you in your career?

ALBA was an important inclusion in my career development as I elaborated on the business thinking and it made clear in my mind that entrepreneurship was the direction I wanted to take. Through the various projects and case studies I worked on, I identified which are my strong skills and inclinations.

Share with us your fondest memory while studying at ALBA

The FCP competition moments and the Entrepreneurship class were without a doubt the best moments that I experienced at ALBA. It really shifted my way of thinking regarding the business world. After these, I suddenly realized how much fulfilling it is to create value from scratch and satisfy needs of the customers.

You recently quit your job at a multinational company for a position in a start-up company. What made you decide to enter the world of start-ups? What advice would you share with fellow alums on joining the start-up community?

Joining a start-up is not just a career or business decision; it is a whole way of thinking and acting, it’s a mentality. Thinking out of the box, being flexible and fast, a problem solver, multi- tasking, result oriented are characteristics that one person should carry if he wants to join the start up community. In my case, utilizing and expressing this part of my personality was a need, this is what drove me to quit the multinational company world.

 

PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE

  • Your most marked characteristic? Ambition and Passion
  • The quality you most like in a man? Determination
  • The quality you most like in a woman? Politeness
  • What do you most value in your friends? Loyalty
  • What is your favorite occupation? Windsurfing & Playing with Ross (my dog)
  • What is your dream of happiness? Pretty much as I am right now e.g. Wake up every day and feeling happy  about going to “work”
  • What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes? Health problem
  • What would you like to be? Serial entrepreneur and well-known for bringing innovation
  • In what country would you like to live? In a country where entrepreneurship is highly encouraged, such as the U.K
  • What is your favorite color? Blue
  • Who are your favorite poets? Kavafis
  • Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Flash Gordon
  • Who are your favorite composers? Hans Zimmer
  • Who are your favorite painters? Matisse
  • Who are your heroes in real life? People with disabilities. They have my eternal respect.
  • What are your favorite names? Alexander and Ifigeneia
  • What is it you most dislike? Dishonesty and lies
  • What historical figures do you most despise? Hitler
  • What natural gift would you most like to possess? I wish I could fly
  • How would you like to die? Floating in the sea, looking up the sky
  • What is your motto? “You may fall down but you have to get up”