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New post 27 Oct 2017, 06:28
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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New post 27 Oct 2017, 12:23
Thanks for sharing your profile. Really strong profile here, your main issue is the fact you come from a competitive applicant pool so much more difficult to stand out. I think your work experience is less of an issue, the onus will be on you to package up the impact you made and results you drove in an impressive way to counteract any issues here. Your goal should be really create an application package that stands out if you want to shoot for the top 7 schools. On paper you are fit but being a fit and gaining an admit are two different things.

I would say if you have time and the ability to sneak up to a 700 it certainly would not hurt you given your applicant pool but your story will be WAY more of a determinant of whether you get in or not
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