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Profile Evaluation for S/W/H

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Joined: 10 May 2011
Posts: 10
Location: United States (AL)
Concentration: Finance, Entrepreneurship
WE: Management Consulting (Consulting)
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New post 19 May 2011, 16:16
I know my school choices are super super long shots but I'd really appreciate an evaluation of my profile.

29/male/US citizen/asian/spent 10 years outside of the US in school and work (Tokyo, Taipei, Shanghai)/English native, Mandarin business fluent, Japanese and Spanish conversational

Undergrad: Psych with Management minor at top 50 univ. in US
GPA: 3.0 (Management classes average GPA was 3.5)
GMAT: not taken yet

WE: 7 years
1. 6 years in management consulting in China
2. 1+ years in company I founded and operate in US

I began my professional life in China after graduating. Joined a Big 4's consulting firm as an analyst, managed a change management module of a larger project successfully, worked my way into their strategy division (reserved mostly for MBAs and experienced consultants), assisting in multiple market-entry strategy projects.

Found my way into a consulting firm that allowed for immense amount of exposure to C-level clients, instantly began leading projects in market-entry and growth strategy for Fortune 500's. Project sizes increased each time, also expanding into international markets (Russia, Mexico, India).

Brought over to a consulting firm specializing in PE advisory, namely strategic and commercial due diligence for top PEs with activity in China, investment target evaluation, and market entry/growth strategy for PE portfolio companies. Led multiple project including a project for a top 2 IB's PE leg, another IB's PE portfolio company, several more, and wrote and presented several investment theses for the world's top PE firms.

Over the course of 6 years in China as a consultant, I've interviewed face-to-face over 500 Chinese business executives, managers, engineers, and government officials and visited hundreds of factories in Tier 1-2-3 cities across China.

Founded and currently operate a company in Silicon Valley in a green industry. Roughly 2-3 years deep exposure to this industry as a result of working with the PEs.

Industry expertise: industrial machinery and materials in renewable energy & green tech

Goals: Starting my own business has been a rough but satisfying experience with a lot of setbacks and barriers. I love what I do but I also have to be realistic in terms of growth. Long term I want to grow my company to be a nationally recognized and used brand in this industry, with the goal of truly making a considerable dent in the effort to curb global energy consumption. Short-term, I would like to work in a VC or PE that focuses on investments in green tech and sustainable energy and be based out of China (ideally find one that focuses on my current industry as I do have a strong network in this in China). I have a lot of experience evaluating companies financially and commercially but I would also like to play an operational role in one of the portfolio companies (really getting my hands dirty). Although I have the fundamentals of finance through self-learning, courses taken at Stanford, and through consulting and my running my own company, I want to further strengthen my knowledge base in finance to be able to truly excel in a PE/VC.

Recs: should be able to get strong ones. my question is, can past clients be recs?

EC: I honestly did not have much time with EC activities given my 80+ hour work weeks since day 1 of my career.

Schools aiming for: stanford, wharton, hbs, booth, haas, columbia.
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New post 19 May 2011, 17:24
Your timing may be good for top schools, since applications are down across the board, and you are actually pretty unique due to all your international experience, which is rather unusual for a US citizen as you know. Typically, b-schools must get the international perspective from international students. I would push this angle in my essays for sure. If you can get a good GMAT score (go for 700+) you should have a decent shot at the top 10. EC will be an issue, because b-schools don't like the excuse of 80 hour work weeks. Try to reach back and find something you were involved in outside of work, then go out and either do it again or do something similar. then you can say you have done it "off and on" for 6 years....

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