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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2013, 14:46

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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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2013, 18:25
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Simply put, your candidacy is compelling on many fronts. The only thing standing between an acceptance at HBS or Stanford is a compelling application -- complete with strong essays, recommendations, interviews, networking, etc. While competitions is stiff at all of these programs, you have excelled in many areas of life and this is what is going to distinguish you from other candidates who are accomplished - just not in so many different disciplines. Also, I would not be at all insecure about applying as an entrepreneur -- in fact, this is a strong point and will be considered such from almost all adcoms.

Good luck in this process.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 09:47
Kimberly, thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated!
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