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Profile Evaluation - Indian Entrepreneur - M/26 - GMAT 720

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Profile Evaluation - Indian Entrepreneur - M/26 - GMAT 720 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2014, 14:00
Dear Accepted / CindyT,

Thank you for going through my post. Details are as follows -

Work Experience/Highlights
1. Founded Web Infrastructure as a service business during undergraduate first year.
2. After completion of undergraduate degree, incorporated the business.
3. Currently, it is one of the top 10 Indian companies in the industry by size (8000+ customers including world's largest companies)
4. Will complete 5 years by matriculation, excluding the 3 years part-time work during undergraduation.
5. Manage a team of 25 sales, support and development personnel as well as outsourced staff.
6. Have been offered and declined Angel and VC funding.
7. Manage operations in 19 locations worldwide (10 countries) with dozens of vendors.
8. Manage customers from 115 different countries.
9. Handled company and client acquisitions in USA, Germany, Netherlands and New Zealand.

GMAT - 720 (Q:49 / V:39 / AWA: 4.5 / IR: 8)

Education:
B.E. Computer Science from University of Pune. First class with Distinction
10th/12th - First class with distinction
Awarded National Talent Scholarship in 2004.

Extra-curricular:
College football captain/vice-captain during under graduation.
Part of school swimming, tennis and football teams during different years.
Organized and managed college events (sports and web-design)
Completed Jugend Kurs Eins (German Language course) from Max Mueller Bhavan


Post MBA Goal -
A career change from Technology Entrepreneur to Consulting (mainly product/service delivery and customer service).

Target -
Top 10 MBA programmes.

I had applied in haste to Harvard Business School and London Business School in R2 (Jan 2014) and got dinged in both. I had not mentioned career change , and the recommendations were from my business partner and an employee at my firm (both of which may have reduced the quality of my application.)

Do you think Top 5 / Top 10 programmes are possible with my profile ? Should I re-apply to HBS/LBS this time ?
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Indian Entrepreneur - M/26 - GMAT 720 [#permalink] New post 21 Jun 2014, 08:32
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Your profile has numerous strengths, but it’s also idiosyncratic given the career background in one entrepreneurial venture, so it requires thoughtful strategy and excellent execution to maximize your chances at top MBA programs.

I do think you would be qualified as a reapplicant to HBS and LBS, BUT:

- You must really make a really strong case for the goals, including why, how, your vision, etc.
- You must optimize the experience of starting and operating your company, making it as vivid and rich as possible
- For recommenders, it’s a challenge for a business owner, and adcoms recognize that, so using a partner or a client would often be okay – but not an employee, so you must select another recommender or two
- For the programs you're reapplying to, you must show growth since the previous application

With the above, I believe those two programs would be reasonable reaches (with HBS obviously a high one). That said, because of the idiosyncratic nature of your profile, you definitely should apply to a few more programs if possible, to maximize the chances for your background to “click” with a particular adcom.

Finally, since you apparently have a thriving venture, the adcom might wonder what will happen to it when you’re in school – do you plan to sell it, hold on but remove yourself from day to day oversight, something else?
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