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780 - 3.5 Years - Startup/Retail

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Joined: 06 Feb 2014
Posts: 5
Location: India
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Marketing
Schools: INSEAD Jan '15
GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V47
GPA: 4
WE: Business Development (Other)
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New post 02 Mar 2014, 11:24

I need some help in deciding which schools to apply for. I am targeting 2015 R1. Also, I am inclined to apply in R1 for INSEAD Jan 2015 intake. Is it a bad idea? What are my chances? Will really appreciate some help.

Profile: Indian/Male/Engineer/26

GMAT: Total 780, Q51, V47, AWA 4.5

Work Experience: 3.5 years by December 2014

1.5 Years: Founder of company which operates in the B2B retail space. The company has 5 employees and 20+ clients. Revenues not substantial. (My current job)
2 Years: Team leader in a fortune 10 company in financial industry. Led a team of 6 people. (My previous job)

International Exposure:
Though I have only 2 months of international exposure, the quality of it is pretty decent.
Set up a 12 member team in a Philippines, trained the members and migrated a critical process there. (Previous Job)

Engineering: 6.76/10 (Ranked #5 college in India)
High School: 87% and 83%

Certifications: Both Finance Related (My current role in not related to finance)
-- Professional Risk Manager (PRM)
-- Actuary

My startup is among very few companies in India to partner with a global charity to raise capital for empowerment of women in developing countries.

Better than average extra curricular. Leadership Roles.

Other Activities:
Regularly write for some e-magazines on topics such as entrepreneurship and marketing. Guest speaker at some conferences.

LT/ST Goal
Expand my business to multiple countries.
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You have some great profile characteristics including obviously a curve-busting stellar GMAT score. I like that you have both traditional full time experience and also the entrepreneurial success, although one potential weakness I see is potential questions around how you would be able to take a two year hiatus from your business to go to school. If your goal is to expand your business, they will assume you will remain engaged throughout your time in school and will not like that approach, since the good schools require that you focus full time on the education. You might consider a top tier part time program, which will allow you to keep running your business while you are in school. With a well written application and some clarity about your intentions regarding running your company, I don't see why any school wouldn't give you serious consideration. B-schools love engineers.

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