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Poll: Wharton ($) vs. Booth ($$$) for VC

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Wharton ($) vs. Booth ($$$) for VC

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Hey all! I have a tech consulting / high-profile tech company background and am looking to get into VC after school. I'm doing a pre-MBA VC internship this summer at a $100MM fund and have a part-time VC internship set up in Chicago for winter/spring terms. Is the added value of the Wharton brand worth the difference in money (~$75K) and foregoing the Chicago opportunity?

I really like the flexibility that Booth offers but think the opportunity for Semester in SF at Wharton is really interesting, as I'd like to end up on the West Coast eventually (hoping the tech scene migrates down to LA...).

Any input appreciated!
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walkb2 wrote:
Hey all! I have a tech consulting / high-profile tech company background and am looking to get into VC after school. I'm doing a pre-MBA VC internship this summer at a $100MM fund and have a part-time VC internship set up in Chicago for winter/spring terms. Is the added value of the Wharton brand worth the difference in money (~$75K) and foregoing the Chicago opportunity?

I really like the flexibility that Booth offers but think the opportunity for Semester in SF at Wharton is really interesting, as I'd like to end up on the West Coast eventually (hoping the tech scene migrates down to LA...).

Any input appreciated!


Hi,

Tough decision.
Both are great, really.
You can find various rankings where one will be above the other and vice versa so that should not made your decision.
You can read insights here from ex students who attend those programs, I can see that Booth is slightly more rated, but what was good for one person doesn't have to be for other, in terms of curriculum, networking, smaller vs. bigger class, competitiveness, partying etc.
It is also important to answer where you hope to land VC job ? East Coast, West Coast ?
Where you want to live and work after ? That should help to answer your dilemma.
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walkb2 wrote:
Hey all! I have a tech consulting / high-profile tech company background and am looking to get into VC after school. I'm doing a pre-MBA VC internship this summer at a $100MM fund and have a part-time VC internship set up in Chicago for winter/spring terms. Is the added value of the Wharton brand worth the difference in money (~$75K) and foregoing the Chicago opportunity?

I really like the flexibility that Booth offers but think the opportunity for Semester in SF at Wharton is really interesting, as I'd like to end up on the West Coast eventually (hoping the tech scene migrates down to LA...).

Any input appreciated!


Great options but as someone who spent the last winter quarter as part of Kellogg's Winter Immersion program, Wharton has an unmatched presence outside of Stanford GSB in SF. I interned at an early stage VC firm and saw the tremendous value of spending a quarter in SF to not only network deeply but also understand the landscape of entrepreneurship/VC. Chicago is a great place, personally and professionally but SF is still a bit ahead in terms of opportunities within VC. Wharton's curriculum is as flexible as Booth's and has been a trusted brand over the past 25-30 years.

Try to leverage your Booth admit and see if Wharton can match the scholarship. If they do, it becomes a no brainer for Wharton over Booth.

After having worked on a FT basis for a VC firm, a part time VC gig that you have landed in Chicago, IMO, wont really help your VC credentials unless its with a late stage or a big name early stage VC fund. You can do a similar thing at Wharton while also being able to tap into Wharton's alumni base in SF, which is more than that of Booth.

Good luck. Both are great schools but as you mentioned, 75k, IMO, is a relatively 'small' amount you have to forego in this particular trade-off. Let us know which school you end up choosing.
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No brainer, Wharton all the way. It’s definitely a step above Booth.


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I'd take H/S over Booth for $75K more but the difference between Wharton and Booth is marginal so I think going with the money at Booth is the easy choice here.
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Thanks for the input, everyone! I’d say there’s no clear choice here as the poll stands at 50/50 and I’m still struggling with this decision :D.

I feel a much stronger connection to Booth but am also having a hard time letting go of the Wharton brand and its presence on the west coast.

Any additional opinions appreciated!

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walkb2 wrote:
Thanks for the input, everyone! I’d say there’s no clear choice here as the poll stands at 50/50 and I’m still struggling with this decision :D.

I feel a much stronger connection to Booth but am also having a hard time letting go of the Wharton brand and its presence on the west coast.

Any additional opinions appreciated!

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I wouldn't overthink this here. Go with your heart and the money. Your outcomes for VC will be largely up to you at Booth and Wharton and neither school will provide a material advantage over the other.
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New post 18 Apr 2018, 22:22
VC is about having the right network of the people who will hire you. Since you already have an existing network in Chicago, I suggest sticking to it. Think about which school's network will open more doors for you to go in and pitch why they should hire you full time.
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