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Booth vs Tuck vs MIT [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2012, 19:50
Hey everyone,

I plan to apply this fall and have already decided to apply to Wharton, Kellogg, and Haas. However, I would like to apply to one, maybe two more schools and would like your opinion as to which might be the better fit. I eventually want to work in VC on the west coast. Because I don't have VC experience yet and I plan on launching a web business while in school (working on prototypes now), if the web business doesn't pan out I see myself working in Corporate Development for a tech/media company to help get me to the VC dream. I know even then things are competitive. I realize my first job post MBA might not be as a VC, but it hopefully will be on the right track to get me there.

I look at Booth and they have an amazing VC internship program, but most of grads show employment with banks or investment shops, very few tech companies hiring Booth grads and VC jobs going to those were already in VC prior to school. Tuck has a phenomenal alum network and good resources for VC/PE. However, I'd really like to be west coast and I don't know how they fare in helping me get there in Corp Dev or VC. MIT has a great E&I program that should expose me to plenty of VCs, but is their network of VCs weak on the west coast...do they have clout/network to get me the Corp Dev job out there?

I realize VCs typically come from H/S/W, but please just help me analyze these three Booth, Tuck, and MIT.

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Re: Booth vs Tuck vs MIT [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 16:21
MIT is much stronger in tech/entrepreneurship, albeit many of their grads stay in the Northeast. That being said, I don't think Booth or Tuck give you a much stronger West Coast advantage. If you are certain about tech, I would believe MIT is a much stronger fit.
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Re: Booth vs Tuck vs MIT [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 16:55
Despite the stereotypes, Booth has a very strong program in Entrepreneurship and I can tell you that there is a huge interest in entrepreneurship among the students. In fact, I cannot count how many of my classmates and friends have decided to work in their own ventures this summer. This is not a surprise, this year there are 52 teams advancing to the final phase of the New Venture Challenge, a record. Between 200 and 300 current students are involved in this competition. And guess what, I heard that banks complained about the lack of interest in ibanking of the current student body.

On the other hand, there are many VCs from West Coast coming to Chicago (in addition to MidWest ones), because of the big startup movement is happening in Chicago nowadays. Recommended from WSJ: A Start-Up Ecosystem Forms in Chicago (btw, GrubHub was created by Booth students and won the New Venture Challenge).

Have you heard about Booth's Hyde Park Angels? Apart from their summer internships, they have a program for Booth students and you can work part-time with them during the year. And about PE/VC lab?
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Re: Booth vs Tuck vs MIT [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 17:03
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Yes, I have. Don't misinterpret my reply as "Booth is not strong/growing in entrepreneurship." I have friends who are first-year, second-years, and alums from the program. One of my favorite companies, Bump, was a product of the New Venture Challenge. I am well aware of Booth's programs, but do believe that MIT has a history in technology and entrepreneurship. Today, there are a lot of Sloan grads at VC firms in the greater Boston area. I think if you were to do a side-by-side comparison between Booth and Sloan for their technology tracks and offerings, Sloan, today, would win. We'll see what happens in 5-10 years after the Booth's continued investment in their entrepreneurship curriculum.
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Re: Booth vs Tuck vs MIT [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 18:10
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Yes, I have. Don't misinterpret my reply as "Booth is not strong/growing in entrepreneurship." I have friends who are first-year, second-years, and alums from the program. One of my favorite companies, Bump, was a product of the New Venture Challenge. I am well aware of Booth's programs, but do believe that MIT has a history in technology and entrepreneurship. Today, there are a lot of Sloan grads at VC firms in the greater Boston area. I think if you were to do a side-by-side comparison between Booth and Sloan for their technology tracks and offerings, Sloan, today, would win. We'll see what happens in 5-10 years after the Booth's continued investment in their entrepreneurship curriculum.


Visit the schools, talk to the students before applying and draw your own conclusions. I got multiple offers for VC at Booth and chose Booth over MIT, but I would never tell you to pick one school over another. Everyone's side-by-side comparison is their own.
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