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Am I Stanford, Sloan or Haas material?

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GMAT 1: 770 Q50 V47
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New post 30 Jul 2012, 11:57
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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Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Strategy
Schools: Northwestern (Kellogg) - Class of 2000
GPA: 3.9
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New post 31 Jul 2012, 05:33
you have a lot of great experience that, when tied together, could tell a compelling story. i think you'll be competitive at Haas, S is a stretch, and MIT is borderline. more details to your profile (just based on what you've written):
+ excellent work experience. it's unique and i'm sure you have a lot of great stories to tell about what you went thru
+ strong GMAT
+ good undergrad degree and good performance while you were there
+ good ECs. most applicants cite "tutoring" which is great, but hard to distinguish yourself. yours is unique and will stand out.
+ nice leadership experience and potential with the NGO work
+ strong analytics
- lack of a common thread to your activities. there's a strong social theme here, but how is that relevant to your start-up? not clear to me.
- could be presenting a case of "spread too thin"...lots of activities here. are you making an impact at each? is that plausible?
- applying from an over-represented pool of applicants (So Asian enggs). expectations here are high.
- / +: you're young. this could be a positive at a quirky school like S, but not as appealing at the more trad'l programs

Other programs you might consider based on your interest in entrep could be Kellogg and UCLA. Both are top ranked programs, and while neither have the VC access of S, they enjoy strong reputations and have been bldg their entrep foundations. You'd be on the border at Kellogg, but you'd stand out based on what I've seen and you'd be competitive at UCLA. check them out.

hope that's helpful,
-james young
Former Kellogg adcom member, offering a new approach to MBA Admissions Consulting.

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