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New post 13 Jul 2006, 12:09
Hi Scott/Omari

I would really appreciate your opinion on my school selection.

Indian Engineer (30 at present)

Target: 2007 fulltime MBA in Entrepreneurship
Choices: Wharton/Columbia/Stanford/MIT/Harvard

=> BE in EE from not well known school in India (60% -- ~3.5 though no official GPA available)
=> MS in EE from a large US (GPA 3.7)
=> GMAT 730(q 95% v 90%) AWA 4.5

Professional Exp:
=> More than six year of experience in two Silicon Valley startups,
=> One promotion, multiple pay raises and stock grants

First Company: Telecommunication startup which went public. I was part of R&D department and did work on industry leading products. I was most junior engineer and only fresh grad hired so no one reported to me :(

Second Company: Medical device company which is integrating telecommunication and medical technologies. Reporting to director with and has one collogue (that’s the whole group)

Overall: I am fascinated by start ups from day one so I joined one. I know lot of things about technology startup and in future want to have few of my own hence wanted to pursue MBA in entrepreneurship.

=> 2 Years in professional organization (similar to IEEE) in India. Held leading position and performed innovative activities such as starting school magazines, organizing seminars etc.
=> ~5 years (1998-2003) with volunteering organization working for basic education. Hold positions and also executed many responsibilities.

(I can write big essays about my extracurricular involvements as I have really made difference and I am really passionate about volunteering)

Do I have good chances at any of the above schools? Which school I should not waste efforts on and which school I should concentrate on.


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New post 15 Jul 2006, 08:37
Chirag, you have a strong background and will likely be competitive at these schools. As I'm sure you're aware there are number of applicants with a similar background and that's likely to be the largest challenge in your application. You also don't have a safety school, so you will be at risk to not get into any of the schools.

Perhaps you should consider replacing Columbia with Stern in your line up.

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