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Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material?

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Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material? [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2012, 06:06
GMAT : 770 (50Q, 47V) 6.0AWA
UnderGrad : 7.5/10 BE (Computer Science Engineering) (Manipal Institute of Technology)
Age : 24
Work Exp : 4 years at the time of admissions (Fall 2013)

Worked for a large (50,000+ employees) multinational, EMC Corp., for about 10 months. Realized that I was stifling my innovative side by working there due to very little room for out-of-the-box thinking, hence quit the job and joined a startup.

Worked on the Business Development team for the startup (40 employees, US and India) and was a key member of the team(4 members) responsible for its monetization (which reached $5M revenues) and eventual profitability .
Saw the startup through an acquisition of $120M and still work here, now as a part of the larger corporation.

I am currently working to establish my own startup centered around the concept of social responsibility. Guess I am turning into a somewhat social entrepreneur. However, this has not taken off yet and is in its initial conceptualization phase. Have a 3 member team, where I have taken the central role.
Since this has not been launched yet, I am apprehensive about mentioning this anywhere in the application essays, as it may seem fabricated.

Additional experience : Working with an NGO for the welfare of stray dogs in our cities. I am a core member and working towards building their online presence and mobilizing volunteers and funds for the organization.

Post MBA goals
Short Term : To work for internet based startups(preferably in North America) in a Product Management role to get an end-to-end understanding of a product lifecycle. I would like to do this for a span of 2-3 years, which would give me time to repay the education loans incurred for an MBA as well.
Long Term : Want to start my own venture to work in the emerging e-commerce sector in South East Asia.

Target schools : Haas, Sloan, Stanford GSB, ISB, and open to suggestions :oops:

Programs of interest : An MBA in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy

Letters of recommendation : Hopeful of securing these from the CEO (Berkeley alum), VP Business Development (UCLA Andersen alum) and Product Manager (ISB alum), all of whom I have worked with directly.

In terms of the strength of my credentials please advise whether the schools I am aiming at are realistic or not, also please suggest 1 or 2 additional schools to apply to.

Thanks a lot..
I really appreciate this.
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Re: Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material? [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2012, 12:17
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Hi sahilkmr,

Thanks for posting. Nothing about your story makes me think there is any reason why you cannot be admitted, but nothing stands out telling me why you should be admitted. All of the reasons why a top program would admit you are in the details of your work experience, personal experiences, personality, values and overall story.

In the end, top programs such as Stanford are looking for candidates who have made an impact. Anything you can do to show this, whether it is through your work or through extracurricular activities, is what will be most important.

Here is some school specific advice for the schools you listed:

Haas: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... -business/
Stanford: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... -business/
Sloan: http://www.stacyblackman.com/business-s ... mit-sloan/

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Re: Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material? [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2012, 12:52
Thanks a lot for replying.

I understand what you are referring to in terms of helping my profile stand out and about mentioning the impact that I may have had in various avenues (personal/professional).
I guess the essays are the best means to achieving this goal and really dive deep into the thought process that went into all the major decisions I have made till date. The various reasons why I am where I am and do what I do. This introspection and the details of it, I guess, can portray even the most trivial (seeming) decisions into an in-depth analysis of who I may be and what I may be capable of achieving.
Please, correct me if I am wrong :-D

Could you do me a favor and suggest some other schools that may fit my profile and be appropriate for my future goals. I intend on applying to at most 6 schools this season, but I have not been able to pin point the others.

PS - Thanks for the links, they are really helpful

Cheers
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