Lucas Mendes, from Brazil, is an X2003. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique Ingénieur Polytechnicien program in 2007. He is the co-founder of Revelo, a company connecting high-end talent with the best companies.
Why did you choose to study at l’X? What do you preserve from your cursus at l’X?
I knew Ecole Polytechnique due to its reputation when I was studying at Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) in Brazil. The parts of the school’s value proposition that attracted me the most were the broad diversity of subjects and the unique experience of combining a generalistic approach with X’s rigorous standard of excellence.
As an international student, was your cultural integration easy?
To tell you the truth – at first it was not easy, but it was definitely worth it. I was coming from a very different culture and moved to a new country where I had no friends and family. However, it only got better: the sports program and the Binets provided a great opportunity to integrate. I have to say that some of my best friends – even today, decades after our graduation, we remain as close as possible and are in still touch often.
After your graduation, how did you manage to build your professional career?
The Polytechnicien degree was very useful – that’s actually how I got my first job back in Brazil (through the strong Alumni’s network).
After majoring in Economics and Computing at X, I moved back to Brazil. I joined Goldman Sachs as an investment banker and, later became a Consultant at Bain & Company.
In 2013, I went to business school (MBA) at Stanford. There, I co-founded my start-up: Revelo. We specialize in connecting high-end talent with the best companies, basically digitizing a job-search experience that in emerging markets is still offline. Since 2017, I am also teaching an entrepreneurship course at the Engineering School of the Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP