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Alumni Spotlight: Becky Bui, Texas Evening MBA ’09

Since graduating from the Texas Evening MBA Program back in 2009, Becky Bui has joined the team at Facebook and relocated to Dublin, Ireland to head up their Mobile Gaming team for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In the pursuit of taking risks to find success, she co-founded FocalPop, an online marketplace, during her time in the MBA program. Now, when she’s not exploring the world with her family, she’s working on developing Facebook’s business with companies such as Social Point, Game Insight and Pretty Simple.

We recently caught up with Becky to see what she’s up to and to learn about her reasons  #WhyMcCombs.

What were you doing before you decided to pursue an MBA?

I had spent most of my career in advertising agencies, consulting brands on their marketing and advertising strategies.

Why did you decide to pursue and MBA and why did you choose McCombs?

My career had been going well but I felt I needed a more well-rounded view of the business world in order to better understand my clients’ businesses and to open up additional opportunities in the future. McCombs was an obvious choice for an outstanding education as well as access to a strong MBA alumni network. The Texas Evening MBA Program was especially appealing, because I wanted to continue working full-time in Austin while pursuing my MBA. I applied to other programs, but halted the process as soon as I received early acceptance to McCombs!

What was the most valuable lesson — inside or outside of the classroom — you learned while completing your MBA?

The importance of taking risks. I am naturally pretty risk-averse and, in hindsight, I had not grown as quickly in my career because I had always played it safe and avoided failure. At McCombs, I was able to explore the New Venture Creation program and started a company with my classmates, which was an incredible experience. I also watched my classmates regularly take risks with confidence and have pushed myself to do the same ever since.

How has your McCombs MBA experience helped shape your success?

As mentioned, the New Venture Creation program and Texas Venture Labs helped me to launch a start-up called FocalPop coming out of school. This was an incredible learning experience and helped me take an entrepreneurial approach to my work, both professionally and personally. Having the McCombs MBA on my resume also helped me to move into a leadership role at Facebook, an incredible opportunity that likely would not have happened without the Texas MBA.

What have you been doing since getting your MBA? What is your current position?

FB-f-Logo__blue_512For the majority of my time since getting my MBA I’ve worked in leadership positions within the Global Marketing Solutions group at Facebook. I spent four years leading retail and eCommerce teams in the U.S. and the last year leading the Mobile Gaming team for EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).

What do you love about your job?

There are many things I love about my job, but if I have to narrow it down to a few:

1. I love working for a company that is having an incredible impact on the world. When I started, Facebook had around 700 monthly active users and now we have nearly 1.7 billion.
I have really enjoyed being on the front-lines of a fundamental shift in marketing, particularly in the mobile space.
In the last year I’ve had the opportunity to live abroad, travel to 20+ countries, and truly learned how to conduct business with a global lens.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy exploring the world with my husband, Ben, and my three-year-old, Berkeley. (And soon a baby boy will join the adventure!) Together, we started the Dublin chapter of Little Helpers, a service organization for families, so we spend time planning service events and volunteering with the kids. I’ve also started working on a podcast that I’m launching very soon, which will highlight stories from successful women. I’m always on the look out for successful women to feature!

What advice do you have for future Texas MBAs?

Make time to invest in relationships with your professors and classmates. Your network will always be important throughout your career and the Texas MBA Program provides a unique opportunity to form relationships with a diverse group of talented people. Take advantage of it and make the effort to stay connected after your graduate.

The Texas Full-Time MBA Class of 2018

The Texas MBA Program is currently ranked #16 in the country by U.S. News & World Report, making McCombs #1 in the thriving state of Texas! The McCombs network is over 495,000 strong and consists of faculty, students, and alumni making a real impact around the world.

The Texas Full-Time MBA Program received more than 2,500 applications this past year and is excited to welcome the Class of 2018 to the Forty Acres this August! Get to know more about our incoming full-time class*:

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Learn more about how you can join the next Texas Full-Time MBA class by checking out our admissions process, and see why the Texas MBA is the greatest value for your money on U.S. News & World Report.

Hook ‘Em!


*Class profile statistics for the Texas Full-Time MBA Class of 2018 are subject to change. Final numbers are not available until the 12th class day.

Build Your Entrepreneurial Skill Set with Texas Venture Labs

The McCombs School of Business and the Texas MBA Program are currently ranked 6th in the nation for entrepreneurship and offer many unique resources in one of America’s most innovative cities to prepare students for new business ventures. One of the best resources for aspiring entrepreneurs at McCombs is Texas Venture Labs.

 Jon Brumley Texas Venture Labs (TVL) is a campus-wide initiative to accelerate startups in taking their innovations to market in order to transform graduate students into entrepreneurs and business leaders. As a Texas MBA, you’ll have access to the many resources that TVL has to offer. From pairing up with local startups for a semester-long consulting project, to having the opportunity to compete in the annual Investment Competition, TVL can help you build the skills that you need to turn your ideas into a successful business venture.

TVL Resources Available to Texas MBA Students Include:

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Texas MBA students admitted to the TVL Practicum program have the opportunity to participate in a semester-long consulting project with local Austin startups. You’ll gain real-world experience by providing research and consulting services to aid startups in taking their products to market and making funding decisions.

New Venture Creation:

The New Venture Creation course introduces students to the concepts and issues involved in evaluating and creating a new business venture.  By the end of the course, you will be able to evaluate business opportunities as an entrepreneur or investor for startups and established companies.

TVL Scholarship Competition:

In coordination with the McCombs School of Business, TVL has created the TVL Scholarship, a unique program for entrepreneurial students interested in attending business school. It is a competitive scholarship that is awarded each February. The winner of the TVL Scholarship also receives consideration for admission of their company into the TVL Accelerator upon graduation, consideration for a post-graduate position as a Venture Partner, as well as continued support from TVL throughout the development of their company.

Full scholarships were awarded to two first-place winners at this year’s competition:

  • Josh Berrington, for Q’ello – a plant-based milk that is completely traceable and delivered right to your door.
  • William Wilder, for Wilder Systems – a business that supplies automated tools to the aerospace industry to improve productivity and quality.

2016 TVL Scholarship winners Josh Berrington (left) and William Wilder (right)

Venture Partner Position:

The Venture Partner (VP) position gives graduate students the opportunity to work on their startups the first year after graduation. Graduates work for TVL in a full-time position and receive salaries and benefits while working on their own ventures. VP Companies currently in operation include EquipBoard, a website that connects fans with celebrities’ gear, Escapaide, a mobile concierge service for hotels, GFree in the City, a gluten-free consulting service, UrbanDish, a sustainable food focused fast casual restaurant, and BeatBox Beverages, an alcoholic beverage manufacturer.

TVL Investment Competition:

The Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) is designed to mimic the real-world process of raising venture capital. Students from The University of Texas at Austin present their ideas for new businesses and receive invaluable feedback from entrepreneurs and investors. Many TVLIC competitors go on to launch their businesses. Successful competitors have included uShip, Ordoro and Qcue.


The 2016 TVL Investment Competition Winners from the Texas MSTC Program

Other entrepreneurial resources at McCombs include:

Join Us For Our Texas Full-Time MBA Forums This Fall!

Join the Texas Full-Time MBA Program this fall for our annual Forums! Forum events at McCombs are your opportunity to experience the Texas MBA Program firsthand with students, alumni, and admissions staff. We encourage you to attend these exclusive events showcasing all that the McCombs has to offer. You’ll have the chance to attend info sessions about curriculum, career planning and student community, network with current students, enjoy the city of Austin,  get an in-depth look at life as a Texas MBA, and more!

Texas MBA Diversity Forum
November 4-5, 2016

Anyone who is committed to promoting the inclusion of underrepresented minorities in education and business is encouraged to apply for our Texas MBA Diversity Forum. Whether you are looking to advance your current career or make a career change, discover how the Texas Full-Time MBA Program can unlock your potential and help you develop as a business leader.



2014 Diversity Forum Student Co-Chairs and Alumni

Texas MBA Women’s Forum
November 18-19, 2016

The Texas MBA Women’s Forum offers you the opportunity to meet many of our future female business leaders currently enrolled in the Texas MBA Program, meet  our top-rated faculty, and share alumni experiences. Through this event, you will gain knowledge about the admissions process, discover career opportunities, grasp the global experience, and picture yourself as a Texas MBA.


Texas MBA Military Forum
December 2-3, 2016

The Texas MBA Military Forum offers future military MBAs the opportunity to meet many of the former military members currently enrolled in the Texas MBA Program, meet our top-rated faculty, and network with Texas MBA military alumni. Through this event, you’ll learn how to successfully transition from your military career to a top MBA program, as well as discover all of the resources available to you at The University of Texas at Austin.


We look forward to seeing you soon! Hook ’em!

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