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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, 09:57
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, 10:44
Sahil,
You have a strong profile and appear to be qualified for Haas, Sloan, and ISB. Whether you are Stanford material or not would depend on the details of your story; feel free send me your resume for a closer look: paulbodine@yahoo.com. Given your (social) entrepreneurship goals, you could consider Columbia, Kellogg, Michigan, and Cornell. I think you should discuss your latest startup, just make it as 'real' as possible and don't over-emphasize it or say it's further along than it is.

--Paul Bodine, http://www.paulsbodine.com, Great Applications for Business School

sahilkmr wrote:
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, 13:02
Thanks a lot Paul.

I really appreciate you taking the time out to reply to my nervous post here :)
Frankly speaking, I was bit lost and overwhelmed with all the information from all corners and the reassurance that you gave me in terms of the path to take, is really helpful.

I will definitely take you up on the offer of the resume´-review. Will send it across once I have a presentable draft ready :oops:

Once again, thanks..
Re: Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material?   [#permalink] 30 Jul 2012, 13:02
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