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MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 09:09
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Hey all,

I had an idea for a nice lightweight MBA applicant website where we can track profiles/sort/etc.

There are also some social networking aspects...comments on profiles and schools. The whole site is very much plugged into google (appengine, google accounts), mostly due to the ease of using their stuff. of course if its popular i will probably add adsense too.

If you get a chance, check it out. I am obviously the only profile on there right now but as others submit the usefulness of the site grows. I would be eager to get any feedback of course too :)

for starters, you can check out a demo video on youtube.

http://mbacharts.appspot.com/

i'd appreciate bug reports in a PM or through the site email address.
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 10:11
Great idea go2bizSkool! My only concern is privacy - since google accounts are usually tied in to a lot of other personal information. Can the architecture be adjusted so on the backend a central google account stores the data with a simpler, non-google authentication on the front-end?
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 10:21
sure, I will look into that tonight :o
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 10:37
More info on google accounts FYI:

http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/p ... rview.html

I used google accounts mostly for convenience. Keep in mind you can also make an additional google account just for mbacharts. Just go to the gmail page and go for new account, which should solve any privacy issues.

I will however add a non-google option for those that prefer that :)
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 10:47
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I will however add a non-google option for those that prefer that :)


Thanks a bunch for that. I think it will raise the participation level for the app.
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 12:27
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Hey all,

I had an idea for a nice lightweight MBA applicant website where we can track profiles/sort/etc.

There are also some social networking aspects...comments on profiles and schools. The whole site is very much plugged into google (appengine, google accounts), mostly due to the ease of using their stuff. of course if its popular i will probably add adsense too.

If you get a chance, check it out. I am obviously the only profile on there right now but as others submit the usefulness of the site grows. I would be eager to get any feedback of course too :)

for starters, you can check out a demo video on youtube.

http://mbacharts.appspot.com/

i'd appreciate bug reports in a PM or through the site email address.


how is this different from admissions411.com
this is a curiosity question because I've browsed admissions411 in the past but not your site yet.
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 12:37
i have tried admissions411 but i found their profile submission was rather onerous and they did not allow free browsing to the public (must be registered and signed in, which is unfortunate).

the ease of use will hopefully get more people to add their profile, and thus make it a more popular site.

in addition, my app is entirely javascript which makes it seem more snappy and responsive :)
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 12:47
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how is this different from admissions411.com
this is a curiosity question because I've browsed admissions411 in the past but not your site yet.



I like the user experience of and views of go2bizSkool's app much better. If we get this going, his is a better mousetrap in my opinion.
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 12:47
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i have tried admissions411 but i found their profile submission was rather onerous and they did not allow free browsing to the public (must be registered and signed in, which is unfortunate).

the ease of use will hopefully get more people to add their profile, and thus make it a more popular site.

in addition, my app is entirely javascript which makes it seem more snappy and responsive :)


It would be nice to find a way to get a large pool so that the data has more meaning. Admissions411.com used to get a lot of people but my guess is they are getting less than 10% of the applicant pool and the data differ quite a bit from actual numbers the school provides.

Do you have a way to provide the school's data? That would be nice so as to avoid going to each school's web site and a valid comparison can be made instantaneously based on different parameters. Of course, one would compare prior year's data to the present..

Just an idea.
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 12:50
that's a great idea. the more ideas the better. i am trying to build a site that everyone will enjoy as we bite our nails through the admissions process.
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 12:53
as you said it's a beta version but if this works out get a domain that's easy to remember
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 14:35
great job go2bizSkool! I entered my data. Just two suggestions:

1) Can you add LBS+INSEAD ?

2) Can you include a field for application round?
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 14:59
Great work go2bizSkool! I updated my data, hoping a lot more people would join in. Are you spreading the word about this initiative outside of this forum as well? That could get you more data. Also, maybe some sorta email update might be a good idea!
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 15:07
stopper thanks for the input. i will add those tonight.

varun, thanks for adding your profile. i wanted to first get some feedback, etc. here at gmatclub before "launching to the world". after a couple iterations i will probably market it on the other forums to get more data. email/notification is a good idea too, thanks!
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 16:04
kudos go2bizSkool!!
one way to popularise this wud be to add the url to your signature on gmatclub,
also i'll spead the word abt this thru my blog.
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 20:58
MBACharts V2.0 Release Notes:

-Add LBS and Insead

-Fix random bug where list item is not selected properly

-Default GMAT changed to 550

-Added round to profile, user panel, and table

-Added other status for undergrad prestige

-Added IT to differentiate from Engineering

-Added more detail to finance categories

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-Non google accounts
-School info next to table/chart
-Email notifications on updates (optional of course)


Thank you for any and all publicity. We have grown 1000% today (1 to 10 users haha)
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2009, 06:40
Great initiative!

Perhaps it deserves a sticky?
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2009, 09:27
I think the tool could be very complementary to GMATClub. To the higher ups if reading: perhaps we can work out some kind of link exchange deal?

For example mbacharts could have a link to to gmatclub the premier b-school and gmat community on the web and a link from gmatclub to mbacharts the b-school profile tracking site. something like that.

i was also thinking of eventually adding premium accounts. premium = no ads, access to more sophisticated queries (basic would still be 100% free). ex estimating chance of admission based on similar profile analysis.

To get the site going i would say the first 1000 registered users get free premium for life 8-) . That will hopefully solve the chicken and egg dilemma.
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2009, 16:25
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Great idea go2bizSkool! My only concern is privacy - since google accounts are usually tied in to a lot of other personal information. Can the architecture be adjusted so on the backend a central google account stores the data with a simpler, non-google authentication on the front-end?


QFT. I'm happy to contribute information, but only as anonymously as possible...
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Re: MBA Applicant Tool (very much in Beta) [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2009, 20:06
great initiative, i added my profile...i hope it doesn't draw info from or publish my email address. in your next version, i think it'd be helpful to be able to sort by industry/function in the same way as you can for schools. i'd like to be able to see what kind of numbers people in various functions average at each school
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