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Joined: 30 Jan 2013
Posts: 8

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 4

Location: United States
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Leadership
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
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New post 27 Mar 2013, 04:13
Hi all, I'm looking to get some feedback on my profile. I applied to Harvard and Stanford this year but didn't get into either, so I'm wondering what's reasonable for next year. My current targets include Wharton, Kellogg, MIT, Berkeley. I am also considering part-time/EMBA programs including EMBA-Global (Columbia + LBS), LBS, and INSEAD.

I have rich work experience and strong recommendations. My weak areas are sub-700 GMAT and post-college extracurriculars. If there is anything I can do to dramatically strengthen my profile, please let me know. Thanks!

Program: MBA (FT)
Area of Interest: Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Product Management, Venture Capital

Age: 28 at matriculation (assuming fall 2014)
Nationality: USA
Gender: Male

GMAT: 680 (V38 Q45 IR8 AWA6) [I could bump this up to a 720 on a re-take]
Undergraduate GPA: 3.5/4.0 (3.67/4.00 in major)
Academics: B.S., Finance and B.S., Operations Management from a top-25 undergraduate business school (University of Maryland)

Work Experience: 6.5 years (by fall 2014) in strategy consulting and M&A advisory (for midsize consultancy focused on payments industry)

Professional Highlights:
-3 promotions (as of today; now at 5 year mark) to MBA-level position (which is unusual)
-3 years expatriate experience (by fall 2014) in Western European office
-Responsible for development of niche practice area in Europe
-2 years experience helping major American telecoms to build their mobile wallet joint venture

-Continued engagement with business school as alumni mentor and one-time member of alumni board for an honors program I was part of
-Prior to current job, during senior year of college, founded a mobile marketing start-up which received University VC funding (but later failed, unfortunately)
-Helped start new fraternity at University (member of first pledge class and charter signatory, but not a member of founding group)
-Member of 3-year interdisciplinary (business + STEM) honors program in which students worked on real-world consulting projects
-Member of University Honors program (2-year living-learning program)
-Studied abroad at major school (University of Sydney) in Australia
-Eagle Scout
-Traveled to 23 countries across 5 continents

Reason for MBA: Go into industry doing product management for early-stage start-up, potentially start my own company; over long term, move into venture capital or corporate development

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New post 27 Mar 2013, 05:10
You seem to have a quite good profile. But the obvious thing is that you may have underestimated the importance of the GMAT. With a 680 getting into HBS or Stanford is NOT easy. And your best idea would be to make that colossal effort to crack the 720 level, as that should put you in solid contention for Top 10 schools, such as the ones you listed (H/S/W will still be a challenge). And from what I see here, I'd say that your GMAT is the single most important thing to work on. Once you have that, then you can apply to your schools (might consider adding Booth and NYU to the list too).

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