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Profile evaluation for an older Indian candidate (32)

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Joined: 21 Jun 2015
Posts: 105
Location: India
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Finance
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V35
GMAT 2: 700 Q49 V35
GPA: 2.61
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New post 28 Sep 2018, 11:51
WE: 7.5 years at enrollment
GMAT: 720
Undergrad: IIT (CGPA 6.5/10)
Nationality: Indian Male
Age: 32
Work Ex:

2 years at India's top 3 prop trading organisations - Fixed income trader and derivatives analyst

2.25 years founded, conceptualised, launched and scaled my company to more than 100,000 users globally and grew the team to 16 people.

1.5 years as product manager at India's 2nd largest e-commerce firms in the kids category, with more than a million users. Worked in India and China.

0.5 years as Senior product lead at India's largest retail firm (Reliance)

Extra curriculars: Captain of hostel soccer team at IIT Delhi, established an NGO focused on rehabilitating encephalitis affected families in UP and raised funds, passively manage family investment fund of corpus > INR 50 lakhs

Short-term goal: Product Management at a large technology company such as Amazon/Microsoft/Google.

Long term goal: Equity investing in startups (VC).

Schools: Stanford, Wharton, Haas, MIT and INSEAD.
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Schools: Brown University, Harvard Business School
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New post 30 Sep 2018, 18:24
You have some chance but these schools are all going to be a bit more in the reach category based on the details you shared here. You are coming from the most competitive demographic when it comes to b-school applicants & one that tends to have very high GMAT scores (740+). In addition, although you've got strong work experience, you're on the older end of applicants, which can raise concerns among the adcom that you no longer need the degree (and for that reason your strong work experience can actually work against you to some extent).

In addition to getting the GMAT up, you'll want to consider revisiting your goals as well. If your LT goal is VC, the most logical ST goal would be VC as well. Everything hinges on your LT goal & the adcom wants to see a ST goal that is the VERY BEST prep for that LT goal. In addition to that, both of the goals you are naming are extremely common among your demographic (especially product mgmt at one of these top firms), which means they are not helping set you apart or helping your overcome the GMAT/age challenges. That's not to say it's impossible to get in with these goals, but you're definitely not making life any easier for yourself. :)

All in all you've got some great material but some challenges as well. I'd take a shot at these schools (especially if you can get your GMAT up) but would advise broadening your list to top 20 schools, especially since you are on the older end & don't want to risk having to reapply next year.

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