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Calling all Haas(Berkeley) EWMBA Applicants(2015 Intake) Class of 2018

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Mine still says under review

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I wonder whether anyone of you were given a business card by your interviewer post the interview - which then can be used to write a 'Thank You' note

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I was given a business card. I used it to write a thank you note.
I applied for round 2 and I attended interview recently.

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Does anybody know how many additional recommendations can be submitted for waitlist candidates?

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Does anybody know how many additional recommendations can be submitted for waitlist candidates?


I think only one. You can see it in the application system. It showed up there already.. :)

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maalage wrote:
I wonder whether anyone of you were given a business card by your interviewer post the interview - which then can be used to write a 'Thank You' note

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I was given a business card. I used it to write a thank you note.
I applied for round 2 and I attended interview recently.


I was given a biz card without email address on it. Just my interviewer's name and some general HAAS contact info. So I didn't send a thank you letter...

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If the status report under the Quantitative Proficiency Requirement: College-level Mathematics says "Complete." Does that mean I am waived from the requirement? I didn't get 75% on the quant of the GMAT and was assuming that I would need to take a course or the waiver exam.

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If the status report under the Quantitative Proficiency Requirement: College-level Mathematics says "Complete." Does that mean I am waived from the requirement? I didn't get 75% on the quant of the GMAT and was assuming that I would need to take a course or the waiver exam.



Yes, that's what it means. You may want to check with the admissions committee directly in case you want more info.

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In which round did you apply? When were you interviewed ? and how long did it take to reflect the status ?

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I was waitlisted and just got a call from their admission office for the 2nd interview. Anyone has the same situation? I didn't know they were doing two interviews. It looks like another blind interview and I'm guessing they are trying to get the 2nd opinion from another interviewer?

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FROM The Berkeley EWMBA Blog: Evening and Weekend MBA Startup Jolts Electric Vehicle Charging
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An MBA startup launched by evening and weekend students aims to send shock waves through the energy storage and electrical vehicle charging industries. Last year it developed a product it hopes will redefine those markets, and within its first year counts Google and LinkedIn among its customers and Nissan and Siemens as strategic partners.

It all started with one self-proclaimed automotive geek. Third-year student Arcady Sosinov moved from Russia at age five, and was soon helping his dad, a Boston taxi driver, with brake repairs and oil changes. By age 11, he was replacing entire auto engines.  Later, he formed a small company to design, manufacture, and sell performance auto parts for BMWs.

Once he arrived at Berkeley-Haas, he took full advantage of the Evening & Weekend Berkeley MBA Program to co-found the automotive startup of his dreams: a company called FreeWire.

FreeWire began in the spring of 2014 when Sosinov and classmate Sameer Mehdiratta and Sanat Kamal Bahl, MBA 14, all met in Steve Blank’s Lean LaunchPad course and realized a synergy: Sosinov had finance and automotive expertise and Mehdiratta and Kamal Bahl had engineering expertise in wireless charging. (Co-founder and classmate Luv Kothari went on to take a position with Bain & Company.) 

The result was a company that aims to transform the electric vehicle (EV) charging market.

Sosinov credits Lean LaunchPad with supplying the foundation and motivation to get FreeWire off the ground. Applying the class methodology of customer discovery and iteration, the FreeWire team conducted 140 face-to-face interviews with potential customers (including large companies that provide workplace EV charging for employees).

As a result, the team pivoted away from wireless EV charging, its original idea, to mobile, grid-smart battery-powered chargers.

“We realized there was not a market yet for wireless charging, but we also discovered a huge pain point for customers: building the costly infrastructure required with workplace EV charging stations,” Sosinov says. Another problem they uncovered was the limited use of stationary charging stations: employees would fail to move their cars during the day to share the stations with others.

FreeWire’s mobile charger, Mobi, which uses second-life EV batteries, solved the problem. “Instead of bringing the vehicles to the charging station, we bring the charger to the vehicles.”

FreeWire raised $425,000 in seed capital and secured a $500,000 grant from the Office of Naval Research, Sosinov reports, adding the company is currently making headway towards its A round goal of $6 to $9 million. While Lean LaunchPad was essential to starting the company, other Berkeley-Haas courses have proved vital along the way, Sosinov says.

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 The Freewire Founding Team (l. to r.) Sanat Kamal Bahl, Sameer Mediratta, Luv Kothari, and Arcady Soinov 

In the Venture Capital and Private Equity class taught by Terry Opdendyk and Sean Foote, Sosinov learned about financing strategy, and the Entrepreneurship class taught by Kurt Beyer provided a breadth of information on how to run and grow a startup during its first few years.

“Getting those three different perspectives was instrumental,” Sosinov says. “The entrepreneurial spirit at Berkeley-Haas is also incredible, as is the network of people and the connections we’ve made.”

Up next for FreeWire is expansion into the energy storage market as a whole. The company plans to apply its technology to help commercial buildings and utility companies manage energy consumption to dramatically lower costs. It also aims to help residential power users more efficiently use their solar systems.

Sosinov’s advice for other entrepreneurs is two-fold. “I’m a big advocate of the lean startup customer discovery process,” he says.

And for Berkeley-Haas students and alumni: “Use your network. There are Berkeley grads in every dimension of business, technology, and government. Reach out to them because they are always willing to help.”

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Dinged again in R1. Down but not out, will apply again next year ...
Good luck to all the R1 WLs and the R2 applicants!

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Hey Maalage, That's a great spirit! Love it.
Your posts have been really helpful for guiding through the process. Thanks and appreciate your help.
Best wishes for next year. Keep up the good work

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I've exhausted my options for direct supervisors. Some folks, in last few years, have sent recommendation from client/co-worker and got accepted. But I would ask the experts. packet82, maalage can you comment?


I did direct report, previous direct report (now VP), and coworker that I had worked extensively with in a cross functional team role.

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Guys, I have a strong hunch that one of my recommender did not give me a good recommendation. Is there any way in which I can neutralize the poor recommendation? I can submit one more recommendation as a waitlisted candidate, but I would like to submit more than 1. Has anybody done that in the past?

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Dinged again in R1. Down but not out, will apply again next year ...
Good luck to all the R1 WLs and the R2 applicants!


Best of luck!

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May I ask what your feedback session said?

Perhaps I can help, this is my 3rd time applying and I think I got it figured out. It's down to the GMAT for me.

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Your posts have been really helpful for guiding through the process. Thanks and appreciate your help.
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Got my invite yesterday but there are no time slots available... :( Anyone else have this issue?

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Got my invite yesterday but there are no time slots available... :( Anyone else have this issue?

don't worry, they will release some more soon.

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Guys, I have a strong hunch that one of my recommender did not give me a good recommendation. Is there any way in which I can neutralize the poor recommendation? I can submit one more recommendation as a waitlisted candidate, but I would like to submit more than 1. Has anybody done that in the past?


I don't think you can send in more than 1 official recommendation though I was able to convince my manager to send an email to the Admissions office stating how my job function etc had changed while I was on the WL. I think they are pretty open to receiving additional emails/letters and will add it to your file.

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