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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2013, 18:07
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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Hi,

Firstly, congrats on your entrepreneurial (and general life) success! Secondly, I never say this... but, to put it bluntly, I think you are a rock star candidate. :)

Adcoms really value entrepreneurial experience - especially successful ones. It's one of the deepest leadership experiences anyone can have and demonstrates so many of the qualities they seek in candidates. On top of that, you're banking background proves your analytic capability (you're not just a visionary who can lead people to the goal, you can be in the data making pivot tables, forecasts, etc.). Further, you're a D-1 athlete - they love athletes because, like entrepreneurs, serious athletes inherently have/display many of the leadership/dedication/discipline qualities they admire. Finally, you have strong undergrad GPA and GMAT. Oh, and let's not forget that you play a real leadership role in a nonprofit. Seriously, hats off to you... you've got all the boxes beyond "checked." I think Stanford and HBS are good target programs. Of course, I have to caveat that by saying these programs are always risky, even with top notch profiles like yours, so you might consider adding other programs to your list.

To summarize, I think they'll see you as a combination right brain-left brain type with stellar leadership skills and experience.

Hope that helps. Good luck!
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2013, 18:36
Mili, thanks for the feedback. If I do end up applying I'll be in touch!
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