Aurelio Yrigoyen, MBA 2022

Aurelio Yrigoyen
  • Hometown
    Lima, Peru
  • Undergraduate Institution
    Universidad del Pacifico
  • Pre-MBA Employer
    Cocina Lab, Founder
  • Post-MBA Employer
    Wayfair
  • Specializations
    Management of Technology & Operations
  • Student Clubs
    Management Consulting Association
    Entrepreneurship & Startup Association
    Emerging Markets Association
    Stern Technology Association

What is a spot in NYC that is special to you?

Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, Washington Square Park, Comedy Clubs, Central Park, Tribeca - to name a few!


What was your favorite class at Stern?

Endless Frontier Labs was a great experience, and I also loved my Emerging Technologies and Business Innovation class.

How would you describe the culture and community within your Tech MBA cohort?

Collaborative, diverse and curious. Everyone was ambitious, but focused on collaboration as the core of innovation and growth. The program attracted people with different backgrounds, some with a lot of tech savvy, others with more business knowledge, some generalists, and some specialists. This diversity helped everybody to grow and continuously learn. We all knew we wanted to disrupt industries, and the best way of doing it was to be imaginative and collaborative. 


What was a highlight from one of your Stern Solutions courses?

I really valued learning about the challenges of starting and growing businesses in real life. The struggle to help growing companies find capital, clients and product market fit is what forces an entrepreneur to connect the dots, be resourceful and learn. 


Tell us about your tech background prior to the program. How did you prepare for the program before it began?

I loved technology from a very superficial and conceptual side. I did not have any technical background. I prepared by watching very basic online courses of coding, math and data. The program is designed to use technology as a tool for real business challenges. The MBA has helped me to understand the language of technology and be able to use it as one of the most important resources. 


Why did you choose NYU Stern and the Tech MBA?

I chose the Tech MBA because I believe that every industry is being changed in some way by technology. Understanding how technology works and, more importantly, how people interact with technology, will be the key to improving current solutions and addressing difficult issues that remain without solutions. I chose NYU Stern because of its collaborative environment, which I think is the key to growing and learning, and because it is in New York, one of the most productive and energetic places in the world!