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New post 27 Oct 2017, 06:26
Hello,

Thank you for taking the time out for evaluating my profile. I really appreciate it!
I required your guidance and expertise to help me understand if my profile is good enough for the schools that I'm planning to apply for and if I require more experience. Here's the outline of my profile:

GMAT: 730 (Q49, V41)
Indian/Male/25years
EDUCATION: IIT. Bachelors and Masters in Engineering. GPA: 9.15/10 Class Rank 1. Academic Awards. One international journal paper. One patent.
CMA (Cost and Management Accountant) Level 1 & 2.
WORK EXPERIENCE:
1. Two internships at one of the largest industrial manufacturing company in the world. Increased the production capacity of one facility by 21% translating into around $10 million increase in annual revenue.
2. Co-Founder and CEO of a industrial consulting and technology startup in pre-final year at college. Had multiple fortune 500 companies as clients and a few international clients. Exited/ Transitioned into my next startup after 2 years. (2014-2016)
3. Started a startup support organisation as a side project along with one of my clients from the US who is a multi-millionaire and a successful entrepreneur. After receiving tremendous response and support from the government and other prominent organisations, started working full time as the CEO. Currently we have grown to have one of the largest startup incubator programmes in the eastern part of our country with over 350 startups who have graduated from our programmes. We have been featured in various news and media. Many of our startups have also been featured. I have been invited to speak on Entrepreneurship at over 30 occasions in various cities. I am personally involved in the marketing, strategy and operations. I personally mentor startups guiding them for strategy, marketing and technology. (2016-present)
4. VP Marketing in India for one of the prominent electronics hardware company in the US. I had as part of my first startup helped them (they were our client) in their online branding and presence for their launch in the US. Currently they have sold over $50 million worth of products since their launch. Due to this they decided to have me as part of the team to launch their first line of products in India. Have been able to successfully generate pre-launch traction with pre-order registrations and strategic partnerships with media organisations and other marketing channels. Have been working simultaneously here and also on my startup as my supervisor here is also the co-founder (about whom i have mentioned) of my startup and both companies operate out of the same office. (2016-present)

Extra Curricular:
Have been mentoring students (helping them with solving personal problems, academics and career) since my undergraduate years at college. Started doing so after going through a personal tragedy which I was able to successfully overcome. This is also one of the strongest motivations behind starting my 2nd venture. Have mentored over 300 students personally.
Have been part of a few clubs at college. Secretary at one of the clubs.
Piano/Harmonim Player. Have cleared the level 3 professional examination. Performed at a few concerts.


I'm planning to apply for the top 7 schools namely: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Sloan, Columbia.
I will be able to get a LOR from my co-founder/supervisor.
I am not very sure on how my profile fares as compared to others from my applicant pool. Would be great if you could provide some insights on that.
I have not worked in any of the blue chip companies as part of my full time work experience. Further due to the nature of both of my startups, there was no need for venture funding. I have heard that top schools only care about startups that received venture funding as it's easily verifiable in terms of the credibility. Is this true? If so how do I overcome this issue.
Further, I also wanted to know if it would be better to wait and apply next year so that I can get more experience.
I also wanted to know if it would advisable to write GMAT again to get a better score.

Thank you once again!

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grad17n wrote:
Hello,
Hi grad17n, happy to review your profile. Will do so below....
Thank you for taking the time out for evaluating my profile. I really appreciate it!
I required your guidance and expertise to help me understand if my profile is good enough for the schools that I'm planning to apply for and if I require more experience. Here's the outline of my profile:

GMAT: 730 (Q49, V41)
Indian/Male/25years
EDUCATION: IIT. Bachelors and Masters in Engineering. GPA: 9.15/10 Class Rank 1. Academic Awards. One international journal paper. One patent. So all of the above is good- the 730 starts to get you out of the 690=710 GMAT traffic jam where you are among the upper part of applicants on GMAT- not the very top- but above a lot of noise... you are on the young side still
CMA (Cost and Management Accountant) Level 1 & 2.
WORK EXPERIENCE:
1. Two internships at one of the largest industrial manufacturing company in the world. Increased the production capacity of one facility by 21% translating into around $10 million increase in annual revenue.
2. Co-Founder and CEO of a industrial consulting and technology startup in pre-final year at college. Had multiple fortune 500 companies as clients and a few international clients. Exited/ Transitioned into my next startup after 2 years. (2014-2016)This is also very interesting- and will set you apart...
3. Started a startup support organisation as a side project along with one of my clients from the US who is a multi-millionaire and a successful entrepreneur. After receiving tremendous response and support from the government and other prominent organisations, started working full time as the CEO. Currently we have grown to have one of the largest startup incubator programmes in the eastern part of our country with over 350 startups who have graduated from our programmes. We have been featured in various news and media. Many of our startups have also been featured. I have been invited to speak on Entrepreneurship at over 30 occasions in various cities. I am personally involved in the marketing, strategy and operations. I personally mentor startups guiding them for strategy, marketing and technology. (2016-present)Now I am really getting interested...
4. VP Marketing in India for one of the prominent electronics hardware company in the US. I had as part of my first startup helped them (they were our client) in their online branding and presence for their launch in the US. Currently they have sold over $50 million worth of products since their launch. Due to this they decided to have me as part of the team to launch their first line of products in India. Have been able to successfully generate pre-launch traction with pre-order registrations and strategic partnerships with media organisations and other marketing channels. Have been working simultaneously here and also on my startup as my supervisor here is also the co-founder (about whom i have mentioned) of my startup and both companies operate out of the same office. (2016-present)
This should give you some great examples to draw upon in essays
Extra Curricular:
Have been mentoring students (helping them with solving personal problems, academics and career) since my undergraduate years at college. Started doing so after going through a personal tragedy which I was able to successfully overcome. This is also one of the strongest motivations behind starting my 2nd venture. Have mentored over 300 students personally. wow! that is a big number...
Have been part of a few clubs at college. Secretary at one of the clubs.
Piano/Harmonim Player. Have cleared the level 3 professional examination. Performed at a few concerts.


I'm planning to apply for the top 7 schools namely: HBS, Stanford, Wharton, Booth, Kellogg, Sloan, Columbia.
I will be able to get a LOR from my co-founder/supervisor.
I am not very sure on how my profile fares as compared to others from my applicant pool. Would be great if you could provide some insights on that. I would not worry about others- your story is what matters and I see some very compelling things here- I think all these on your list- all are possible- does not mean you will get in at all- but I think you have a shot at all- and it is HOW you tell the stories of your life and work- and there are unique nuances to all the applications- we do have some great resources at Stratus to help you and we'd love to have you do a free consult with us so we can tell you more about how we work with clients-
plus I would add some safety schools and places where I think you might get scholarship funding and that could be Georgetown,
Babson, Olin just to name a few.

I have not worked in any of the blue chip companies as part of my full time work experience. Further due to the nature of both of my startups, there was no need for venture funding. I have heard that top schools only care about startups that received venture funding as it's easily verifiable in terms of the credibility. Is this true? If so how do I overcome this issue. I don't think this is true- there are no "formulas" in MBA admissions- I think if you can tell a compelling example of impact- the source of funding is not the only thing that matters.
Further, I also wanted to know if it would be better to wait and apply next year so that I can get more experience.
I also wanted to know if it would advisable to write GMAT again to get a better score. We have an early advantage program where I suggest you wait til r1 2018 to apply as there are only a few weeks til r2 deadlines and it might be hard to do a great job on all these schools by then. Rather- I suggest you do an early advantage program where we work to develop a strategy to improve on any weaknesses- and also guide you in doing school research so that when you are ready to apply in fall 2018 R1 you really are ready- and yes for these top programs getting that GMAT even to 750 if you can will further up your odds and also having a bit more work tenure- even though what you have now is very interesting- all this can help. To do a free consult where we explain early advantage and also more about your situation- go to this link: https://gmatclub.com/reviews/business_s ... flagler-20

Thank you once again!

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Thank you for your prompt response! The link that you have provided me seems to lead me to the reviews section of UNC KF. Can you please tell me where exactly I should go to apply for the interaction?

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New post 31 Oct 2017, 08:17
So sorry for the mis-link! Here is the link to get feedback from us at Stratus on your profile in a free profile review: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/
grad17n wrote:
Thank you for your prompt response! The link that you have provided me seems to lead me to the reviews section of UNC KF. Can you please tell me where exactly I should go to apply for the interaction?

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