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Paul, Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2006, 00:45
Hi Paul,

Would you please evaluate my profile? Any advice will be very helpful.

Nationality: Korean, 32, male
GPA: 3.45/4.3
Undergraduate: Double major in business and Japanese
GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35) at 1st attempt
TOEFL iBT: 104 (Reading 29/30, Listening 30/30, Speaking 20/30, Writing 25/30). Retook the iBT and waiting for the results.

Work Experience: 5 Yrs. IT/New Media. Entrepreneur, business development specialist with extensive international business experience.

1 Year as VP, Business and Corporate Development, Seoul, Korea (current)
4 Years as Director of Marketing, New York, USA

Right after college graduation in Korea, founded a tech start-up in New York and raised 2.4 million in corporate funding; successfully implemented a new business model; pioneered a niche industry; played a crucial role in changing the way people consume digital content; managed growth from two co-founders to 20 employees; interviewed and hired US executives; managed day-to-day operations with 30+ blue-chip media and entertainment companies cross the globe; sold the company to a NASDAQ-listed technology powerhouse

Returned to Korea to help a Seoul-based tech firm set up and achieve strategic goals; managed all international activities; structured, negotiated and closed a landmark deal with one of the most influential trade organizations in the entertainment industry; doubled revenue in just 10 months; proposed and implemented a company-wide restructuring efforts to keep up with the rapid growth; led the establishment of an on-line marketing joint venture

Career Goal: Global business leader specialized in new business development, customer acquisition, international deal-making, mergers and acquisitions and turnaround. In short-term, I plan to work for a strategy consulting firm, no. 1, to expand business network, which is crucial for success as a business development professional, no. 2, deepen my understanding on various industries, and no. 3, improve analytic skills. After that, I would like to work as a business and corporate development executive at large-cap companies. In the long run, once I identify a viable business opportunity, I would like to start my second venture.

Why MBA:
Already successful in small companies, but do not want to get stuck in there. To achieve crossover success, or to enter “big league,â€
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Re: Paul, Evaluation Please [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2006, 17:42
[quote="elektro"]Hi Paul,

Would you please evaluate my profile? Any advice will be very helpful.

Nationality: Korean, 32, male
GPA: 3.45/4.3
Undergraduate: Double major in business and Japanese
GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35) at 1st attempt
TOEFL iBT: 104 (Reading 29/30, Listening 30/30, Speaking 20/30, Writing 25/30). Retook the iBT and waiting for the results.

Work Experience: 5 Yrs. IT/New Media. Entrepreneur, business development specialist with extensive international business experience.

1 Year as VP, Business and Corporate Development, Seoul, Korea (current)
4 Years as Director of Marketing, New York, USA

Right after college graduation in Korea, founded a tech start-up in New York and raised 2.4 million in corporate funding; successfully implemented a new business model; pioneered a niche industry; played a crucial role in changing the way people consume digital content; managed growth from two co-founders to 20 employees; interviewed and hired US executives; managed day-to-day operations with 30+ blue-chip media and entertainment companies cross the globe; sold the company to a NASDAQ-listed technology powerhouse

Returned to Korea to help a Seoul-based tech firm set up and achieve strategic goals; managed all international activities; structured, negotiated and closed a landmark deal with one of the most influential trade organizations in the entertainment industry; doubled revenue in just 10 months; proposed and implemented a company-wide restructuring efforts to keep up with the rapid growth; led the establishment of an on-line marketing joint venture

Career Goal: Global business leader specialized in new business development, customer acquisition, international deal-making, mergers and acquisitions and turnaround. In short-term, I plan to work for a strategy consulting firm, no. 1, to expand business network, which is crucial for success as a business development professional, no. 2, deepen my understanding on various industries, and no. 3, improve analytic skills. After that, I would like to work as a business and corporate development executive at large-cap companies. In the long run, once I identify a viable business opportunity, I would like to start my second venture.

Why MBA:
Already successful in small companies, but do not want to get stuck in there. To achieve crossover success, or to enter “big league,â€
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Time is the enemy.... [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2006, 23:10
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your advice. As an FYI, I retook TOEFL iBT and scored 110. So my TOEFL score would not get me in trouble.

I decided to apply to the Wharton and MIT Sloan by early January and Columbia and Haas by mid-to-late January. Following your advice, I decided to apply to HBS as well.

However, if I push hard to complete my HBS application by Jan 3, I will be spreading myself too thin. I do not want to drop the quality of my applications across the board. As such, I am considering applying to the HBS in Round 3.

I've heard some people saying it is almost impossible to get in to the HBS in Round 3 as an international student. (They also say Columbia's regular decision is extremely selective.) Do you agree with them?

Thanks in advance.


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Re: Time is the enemy.... [#permalink] New post 22 Dec 2006, 12:26
elektro wrote:
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your advice. As an FYI, I retook TOEFL iBT and scored 110. So my TOEFL score would not get me in trouble.

I decided to apply to the Wharton and MIT Sloan by early January and Columbia and Haas by mid-to-late January. Following your advice, I decided to apply to HBS as well.

However, if I push hard to complete my HBS application by Jan 3, I will be spreading myself too thin. I do not want to drop the quality of my applications across the board. As such, I am considering applying to the HBS in Round 3.

I've heard some people saying it is almost impossible to get in to the HBS in Round 3 as an international student. (They also say Columbia's regular decision is extremely selective.) Do you agree with them?

Thanks in advance.


Regards,

Elektro


Elektro,

I don't have any hard data to point to, but, yes, third round is hard for everybody to get into, and schools generally want international applicants to apply in early rounds because of the visa and financial issues. So "almost impossible" is probably not too far from the truth.

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Update [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2007, 22:05
Hi Paul,

I just wanted to let you know that I got admitted to Wharton. Your advice gave me hope, and my dream came true! Also, I must say that your book was an enormous help. It is a must read for anyone preparing to apply to business schools!


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Re: Update [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2007, 11:28
elektro wrote:
Hi Paul,

I just wanted to let you know that I got admitted to Wharton. Your advice gave me hope, and my dream came true! Also, I must say that your book was an enormous help. It is a must read for anyone preparing to apply to business schools!


Many thanks and regards,

Elektro


Elektro,

Congratulations and thanks for the plug. If you have the time to add a positive review to my Amazon.com page, I'd really appreciate it.
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