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!
I wouldn't wait two years. Wait one year and you'll be fine.
Schools will find you a very attractive candidate because you have both the big name brand and entrepreneurial start-up experience. If your GMAT comes in as anticipated, your academic stats will be stellar. You would have a real chance at HBS
. You should also consider Wharton
, and MIT Sloan.
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