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New post 18 May 2011, 18:05
Hi Paul,

I know my school choices are 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 (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 20 May 2011, 00:48
Hi hyk:

Thank you for the detail. You have a very compelling profile and of course, the only missing piece is a compelling GMAT score.

To answer your first question, yes -- past clients can be recommenders and good ones at that.
The litmus test for recommenders is that their ass was on the line if you screwed up. So, you need a client that can say that your leadership efforts were extremely crucial and ultimately impactful.

Your school short list makes sense and I can tell you did some homework. However, I would add one more school to the list -- MIT. While some may argue, I believe that the most reputable schools within the private equity world are Stanford, Harvard, Wharton and MIT. I believe that you stand an excellent chance at MIT, Wharton, Haas and Booth. I do believe that you stand a good chance at Stanford and Harvard, but let us face it, these are any applicant's aspirational schools. However, if you get above a 720 or so on the GMAT, I would certainly encourage you to apply to both Stanford and Harvard.

The one thing that you are going to have to focus on is this -- are you making a good case that your current entrepreneurial consulting experiences are appropriate for the private equity industry. That is, will recruiters find you attractive candidate for these positions? I believe that they will, if you are experienced is framed correctly (of course). The other thing to remember is that you want to have an emotional connection to your goals in order to completely solidify them. So, if you are of Asian (Chinese) descent and this has played a role in the development of your goals, as well as values and beliefs, then adding this element to your story and your goals solidifies them completely.

You are a candidate that I believe is both unique, compelling and someone that I would be interested in speaking to about your candidacy. If you would like to schedule a complimentary, initial consultation, I would be happy to speak to you. Please let me know if this is something that you would be interested in scheduling. Please e-mail me at MBA@amerasiaconsulting.com.

Respectfully,
Paul Lanzillotti
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New post 20 May 2011, 16:15
Paul, Thank you for your evaluation. I appreciate the detail in suggestions and will take everything into consideration when applying. Please check your email.
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