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At cross-roads in pre-MBA career - advice needed!

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At cross-roads in pre-MBA career - advice needed! [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 04:15
I'm at a cross-road in my pre-MBA career and want to seek advice on the best option that would put me the a position to get Harvard/Stanford.

I enjoyed a startup VC fund last year after investment banking experience. After a year, the fund raising process is still ongoing and we've been acting as investment bankers for entrepreneurs in the meantime. I also have the opportunity to join a well-established middle market fund that most people know of them. Let's assume the rest of my profile is on par with typical H/S applicants. Should I stay at my current position or leave?

I think being in a startup as appeal to bschools and makes a great story, but there's a chance the fund raising process drags on and we keep doing advisory work, but still working with founders of companies, etc. The new fund wouldn't set me apart as much as a startup will, be will ensure entry into the VC world which I know bschools like. Any advice? Thanks!
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Re: At cross-roads in pre-MBA career - advice needed! [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 12:50
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I'm at a cross-road in my pre-MBA career and want to seek advice on the best option that would put me the a position to get Harvard/Stanford.

I enjoyed a startup VC fund last year after investment banking experience. After a year, the fund raising process is still ongoing and we've been acting as investment bankers for entrepreneurs in the meantime. I also have the opportunity to join a well-established middle market fund that most people know of them. Let's assume the rest of my profile is on par with typical H/S applicants. Should I stay at my current position or leave?

I think being in a startup as appeal to bschools and makes a great story, but there's a chance the fund raising process drags on and we keep doing advisory work, but still working with founders of companies, etc. The new fund wouldn't set me apart as much as a startup will, be will ensure entry into the VC world which I know bschools like. Any advice? Thanks!


What do you want to do post-MBA? If both positions are equally supportive of your post-MBA goals, then I would stay in your current position so that it doesn't seem like you are bouncing around.

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Re: At cross-roads in pre-MBA career - advice needed! [#permalink] New post 25 Mar 2010, 12:54
Thanks Linda. I want to continue in VC post-MBA. One puts me in the industry already - the other is kind of up in the air. Is "bouncing" around a big concern to bschools? I did stay for over a year.
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Re: At cross-roads in pre-MBA career - advice needed! [#permalink] New post 26 Mar 2010, 12:47
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Thanks Linda. I want to continue in VC post-MBA. One puts me in the industry already - the other is kind of up in the air. Is "bouncing" around a big concern to bschools? I did stay for over a year.


I wouldn't say "bouncing" is a major concern, but if all other things are equal, then I would stay. If you see a big advantage in the new job, then go for it.

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