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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2013, 14:30
Hello,

I'm considering applying to MBA programs in two years or so and wanted to get a sense for where I shake out and how I can improve my profile.

Academics: ~3.7/4.0 from Top 5 Public School (BS Business Administration, History minor); Strong upward trend after freshman year; Graduated in 2010

GMAT: Should be in the 750 - 800 range based on practice tests

Athletics: D-I varsity athlete (olympic sport); Team was typically ranked in the top 15 in the country but I didn't play much due to injuries; Academic team captain my final year

Work Experience: Investment banking analyst at highly-regarded group at Goldman/Morgan Stanley/JPM for 2 years; Left in summer of 2012 to launch an online education startup; Recently was "acquired" by another EdTech startup to serve as a de facto cofounder (with commensurate equity stake). The current startup has a significant international component and has an office in Latin America, although we're based in San Francisco/Silicon Valley. In addition to the three founders, we currently employ 4 people. I also started an e-commerce site selling CFA and FRM study materials on the side

Certifications: CFA (not offically a charterholder since I don't have 4 years of finance experience but I've passed the tests), FRM (similar to the CFA program)

Volunteer/service: Regional director at the Borgen Project, a national organization working to eliminate global poverty (5-10 hours weekly time commitment); Participated in tutoring outreach program at GS/MS/JPM; Middle school math tutor at local public school during college

Other: Taught myself to code while bootstrapping my first startup

Post-MBA I’d like to either continue on the entrepreneurship path or start an investment firm focused on high-impact but long-cycle/capital-intensive businesses/projects that don’t fit the typical VC model (e.g. companies like SpaceX, Tesla, Planetary Resources, etc. as opposed to the next social/local/mobile network for XYZ).

I'm curious as to how adcoms view entrepreneurs in general and how you think they will bucket me given that I'm a bit of a hybrid between the banking/private equity prototype and a less traditional applicant. I'm most interested in Stanford (ties to Silicon Valley) and HBS (new Innovation Lab, Rock Accelerator).

Thanks for your thoughts/feedback!
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Hey there Mswil,

I think you have a very nice profile overall. You have not only depth but what is rarer, breadth, what with your real volunteer work, athletic experience, and entrepreneurship. Schools in general like entrepreneurs, because they understand that such people are independent, are go-getters, have initiative and leadership, and I think you can build a strong candidacy from your profile (esp. if you right good passionate stories). But what schools, and especially schools like HBS and Stanford like a lot more than entrepreneurs are SUCCESSFUL entrepreneurs. So I won't lie to you - the relative success of your firm will be very important, as well as your plans for the future.

From the goals you have written, continuing along the entrepreneurial path makes more sense to me than starting an investment firm, which from what I see here experience has not yet prepared you for, so in general I think it is preferable to present the more plausible and logical goals to the AdComs.

Get your 750-800 on the GMAT, and you will for sure be in the running. Other than that, a lot will hang, like I wrote, on the perceived success of your venture until now, and your plans for the future.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 09:45
Jon, thanks for the response.

In addition to b-school admissions, my continued ability to eat hinges on the success of my venture, so no pressure there! ;)
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 03:45
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Jon, thanks for the response.

In addition to b-school admissions, my continued ability to eat hinges on the success of my venture, so no pressure there! ;)


None at all. And you may have just invented a new diet method. Dr. Mswil's Diet... :)
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