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Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material?

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Joined: 05 Mar 2012
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GMAT 1: 770 Q50 V47
Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material? [#permalink]

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New post 30 Jul 2012, 07:06
GMAT : 770 (50Q, 47V) 6.0AWA
UnderGrad : 7.5/10 BE (Computer Science Engineering) (Manipal Institute of Technology)
Age : 24
Work Exp : 4 years at the time of admissions (Fall 2013)

Worked for a large (50,000+ employees) multinational, EMC Corp., for about 10 months. Realized that I was stifling my innovative side by working there due to very little room for out-of-the-box thinking, hence quit the job and joined a startup.

Worked on the Business Development team for the startup (40 employees, US and India) and was a key member of the team(4 members) responsible for its monetization (which reached $5M revenues) and eventual profitability .
Saw the startup through an acquisition of $120M and still work here, now as a part of the larger corporation.

I am currently working to establish my own startup centered around the concept of social responsibility. Guess I am turning into a somewhat social entrepreneur. However, this has not taken off yet and is in its initial conceptualization phase. Have a 3 member team, where I have taken the central role.
Since this has not been launched yet, I am apprehensive about mentioning this anywhere in the application essays, as it may seem fabricated.

Additional experience : Working with an NGO for the welfare of stray dogs in our cities. I am a core member and working towards building their online presence and mobilizing volunteers and funds for the organization.

Post MBA goals
Short Term : To work for internet based startups(preferably in North America) in a Product Management role to get an end-to-end understanding of a product lifecycle. I would like to do this for a span of 2-3 years, which would give me time to repay the education loans incurred for an MBA as well.
Long Term : Want to start my own venture to work in the emerging e-commerce sector in South East Asia.

Target schools : Haas, Sloan, Stanford GSB, ISB, and open to suggestions :oops:

Programs of interest : An MBA in Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy

Letters of recommendation : Hopeful of securing these from the CEO (Berkeley alum), VP Business Development (UCLA Andersen alum) and Product Manager (ISB alum), all of whom I have worked with directly.

In terms of the strength of my credentials please advise whether the schools I am aiming at are realistic or not, also please suggest 1 or 2 additional schools to apply to.

Thanks a lot..
I really appreciate this.
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Re: Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material? [#permalink]

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New post 30 Jul 2012, 14:26

Overally, I think your profile is quite strong and well rounded, and that you do have a chance at your target schools. Your academic profile is excellent, and your professional experience also speaks really highly -- the fact that you started at EMC corp (well reputed MNC) but quickly shifted to a start-up where you've had massive impact on growth is great. Your career narrative is strong and your entrepreneurial experience will set you apart (you should mention your start-up in your applications!). Finally, the fact that you are an active leader in an NGO is also great.

One thing you should be aware of is that the 'social entrepreneurship' story is very common these days. You actually have a more believable story since you've worked in start-ups for a while, are starting your own social enterprise, and have strong NGO experience, but just be sure that your story is really logical and realistic, while also ambitious and "big."

Also, don't forget to include any personal stories/passions/extracurriculars in your profile to show not just what you do, but who you are. This will be really important at the schools you're aiming for!

The schools on your list are highly competitive, so there are no guarantees. I would recommend adding a couple safety schools to your list like UCLA (great entrepreneurship program) and/or Cornell.

Hope this helps. Good luck!
Mili Mittal
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