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profile eval-710GMAT,7yrs,co-founder nanotech firm,guitarist

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Joined: 16 Jan 2009
Posts: 359
Concentration: Technology, Marketing
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V34
GPA: 3
WE: Sales (Telecommunications)
Followers: 4

Kudos [?]: 212 [0], given: 16

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New post 27 Sep 2012, 02:54
I'm planning to apply for fall of 2013.
I am trying to figure out what I should consider a reach, a match, and a safety school.
My plan is 1 or 2 reaches and 2-3 matches in R1 and then a few safety schools in R2 if those dont work out.

Indian Male, will be 27 (almost 28) at matriculation

Gmat - 710 50q 35v

Work History (At Matriculation)

4 years - IT Product Consultant - at firm with number one position in Global Billing Market
3 years - Telecom Presales Consultant - one of the five largest India-based IT services firms

At each of my positions, I was rated among top 5% high performers and saw multiple promotions. I have great stories from my current role.
I led a team of 2 to develop an application which was nominated for the innovator of the year award back in 2010.
In my previous project, I led a team of 16 associates for a short period of time (approx. 1 year) , but my work was very much appreciated by clients.
In my current role, I have won my company 6 major bids (over 1 M$ in revenue) for Telecomm implementation projects.
I have been working with French associates from our company for over 2 years now. I understand french. I am planning to write French DELF A1 certification soon.


Graduated 2006 GPA 73% - represents top 1% for our university (65% - class I, 75% - distinction)
Major Electronics and Telecommunications,

Work/Extra-curricular in College

Guitarist and lead vocalist for college band.
represented college in IEEE region 10 web development competition.
Organised National level tech fest.

Post College

- Co-founded a nanotech firm. The company is in inception stage. We are waiting for regulatory approvals. We have filed US patent and are waiting for it to come through. We have a pilot kit ready and have started pitching the business plan to different govt agencies for funding. Recently the idea was ranked 4th in a business idea competition hosted by one of the countries tier 1 B schools.
- Organised many community outreach programs with my current and previous employer to teach guitar to underprivileged kids. Our project won Nasscom CSR champ award.

Post MBA Goal

- Continue working as a cofounder in our firm and roll out new nanotech products we have in our plan.
- As you can see in my work history, I have 7 years of technology experience. I love the technology domain and would like to make the most of the experience I have. I have chosen target schools which have tech connections (tech recruiters / geographic advantage).
- I would like to see a career progression from IT consulting towards hard-core consulting.

Target Schools

MIT (Sloan)
UC Berkeley (Haas)
Duke (Fuqua)
Virginia (Darden)
Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
Cornell (Johnson)
UCLA (Anderson)
Michigan (Ross)
Texas--Austin (McCombs)
USC (Marshall)
University of Texas--Dallas
Georgia Institute of Tech
Notre Dame (Mendoza)
Texas A&M (Mays)

Please let me know your thoughts about my overall profile and the schools I have chosen.


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New post 01 Oct 2012, 07:21

Thanks for submitting your profile. I think it's strong -- here's my breakdown:

Academics: Good. Against the entire applicant pool this is a strong score, but within the Indian IT Male applicant pool it may be considered slightly low. But I don't think you need to retake it. It's a good score. Your undergrad scores are average as well.

Professional: Sounds like you have strong work experience. Of course, a lot of your competition is also coming from an IT consulting company, so you'll want to pick the stories that will differentiate you the most.

ECs/Community: I don't see much in the way of community and extracurriculars. This would be a disadvantage, but I think in light of your start-up, it may be overlooked. If you can really position your start-up as a successful venture or a venture that is really going somewhere, then it will really help to differentiate your profile. The challenge is that it's at such an early stage that it's very hard to tell where it's going to go.

So, your challenges are that you are part of an overrepresented demographic, and that your strongest differentiator is a start-up that is somewhat unproven to date. I'd focus on figuring out how to position your start-up so that it reads as a real venture.

With that, I'd pick two top tier programs, two midtier and two safeties for your list. MIT and Haas might be stretch programs for you -- but considering your interest in technology entrepreneurship they'd obviously be amazing. Maybe you choose one of these to apply to. Then I'd pick one program like Duke/Darden/Michigan. I'd select two from the UCLA/Tepper/Cornell/USC and two safer programs thereafter.

Hope this helps!

Mili Mittal
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