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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2013, 17:57
Hello,

I'm considering applying to MBA programs in two year 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 14 Apr 2013, 14:08
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You are an excellent candidate based on your overall profile. Don't quote me on the exact stats, but 20 years ago a small amount of top MBA graduates went into entrepreneurial pursuits, now it is a large slice of the pie of applicants (my memory says 20% of more). Obviously Stanford is quiet keen on the entrepreneur applicant. Thus, I think your background of banking and entrepreneurial is a great mix. Just be careful when you apply that you communicate only One very clear post MBA goal in your application. You must make your goal clear, why you need an MBA to reach the goal, and why you need that MBA now- tie this story together clearly and in a focused manner.

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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2013, 09:50
Courtney, thanks very much for the response. If I end up applying I'll make sure to be specific as to which path I'm focused on. Appreciate your feedback!
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