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I posted this message on another forum also. Would like to receive some expert comments here also. Apologies for creating duplicate posts.
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I am quite confused about the "right" schools I should go for. I will highly appreciate some valuable suggestions.

My profile:
Indian Male. 7 yrs work ex (by June 2009) in Internet technologies. Entrepreneur - Co-founded a company that got VC funded.

I want to apply to those schools that give high importance to entrepreneur profiles and can make it comfortable for me to stick to technology industry post MBA.
I plan to put 7 applications
2 dream
3 medium
2 safe

From the dream schools
Chicago
Harvard
Wharton (Chose this because of large size and stress on ent.) - Large size might just give me better chance.
Stanford (Left out simply because it seems far fetched :) )
Kellogg
MIT (Chose this because of its tech bent)

I have chosen the blue colored ones from the above list. Please feel free to comment on these choices as well.

The main confusion is for the rest of choices.

Haas (I think this is an obvious choice for tech + ent - right? )
Duke
Cornell (I am really attracted to its one year program. However, i want expert comments on the program. I hold a masters degree)
Darden
Tepper (This again is a strong tech school. But, its small class size is a concern)
Tuck (Don't know its specialities. But, small class size is again a concern)
UCLA

Following are the European schools i short listed. A big question before I go through the list. Given my inclination towards technology, is it a bad idea to consider european schools? As for the location preference, I would prefer europe to U.S any day. But, I heard one should apply to european schools primarily for consulting/marketing and not for technology.

Insead
LBS
IESE
IMD

Apologies for the long post. But, this sums up my confused state :).
I would really appreciate a reasoned preference order of the aforementioned schools. If there are any schools worth considering and I have missed them, please feel free to add them to the list.

Thanks
na

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When you copy/paste, the font color doesnt transfer. You might want to edit the post so Paul at Accepted.com knows which "blue" schools you are talking about. Cheers!
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When you copy/paste, the font color doesnt transfer. You might want to edit the post so Paul at Accepted.com knows which "blue" schools you are talking about. Cheers!


Thanks raabenb. I have edited the post.

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is my post too complicated to deserve a response from experts? Please help :(

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namurad,

Sorry for the delayed reply; I've had my plate full for the past week. From your dream schools, both MIT and Wharton make sense given your tech entrepreneurial goals, but Kellogg has also been rated highly by Entrepreneur magazine. From your remaining list, I agree with you on Haas and CMU, and you could perhaps add UCLA, but the other schools you listed don't seem relevant to me. I don't think your blanket statement about European schools is true: Financial Times lists the following two European schools--IE Business School and Imperial College London Tanaka--in its top 10 entrepreneurship programs.

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Thanks a ton paul :)
OK, darden, cornell, Duke, tuck are out. btw, one major factor in shortlisting schools is the job prospects post MBA (as it is for every one). My main reason for focusing on technology schools is that I want to stay in technology afte MBA. Hence, I have not considered Babson (though it is the most highly rated entr. program). I would certainly not want to stay in Spain for a job. In that sense, IE might not be a good choice. am i right? according to bw/forbes tanaka does not even appear in top b schools list. Cambridge is one that is rated as a good school for technology, but, again its not among the top rated ones. I am confused about INSEAD. Is it worth applying there given my profile?

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namurad,

Sorry for the delayed reply; I've had my plate full for the past week. From your dream schools, both MIT and Wharton make sense given your tech entrepreneurial goals, but Kellogg has also been rated highly by Entrepreneur magazine. From your remaining list, I agree with you on Haas and CMU, and you could perhaps add UCLA, but the other schools you listed don't seem relevant to me. I don't think your blanket statement about European schools is true: Financial Times lists the following two European schools--IE Business School and Imperial College London Tanaka--in its top 10 entrepreneurship programs.

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namurad,

I understand your desire to focus on schools that are strong in technology entrepreneurship, but I'm sure Babson would claim it is one of those schools. As for IE, I think its brand would help you across most of Europe, not just Spain. I don't know enough about your profile to comment on your chances at INSEAD. On the one hand, you appear to come from a common applicant demographic, which diminishes your chances. On the other, you have started a VC-funded firm already, which is impressive.

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Thanks Paul. I realize that I am from a common applicant demographic. Here is my profile

Undergrad GPA - nothing to be proud of, but from an elite school (IIT) in India
Experience - 7 years at matriculation
Co-founded a firm that got funded.
extra curr. - average. Was involved in community activities as volunteer through out my tenure in undergrad. Initiated an IT project at an NGO to help it organize its activities better.

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namurad,

I understand your desire to focus on schools that are strong in technology entrepreneurship, but I'm sure Babson would claim it is one of those schools. As for IE, I think its brand would help you across most of Europe, not just Spain. I don't know enough about your profile to comment on your chances at INSEAD. On the one hand, you appear to come from a common applicant demographic, which diminishes your chances. On the other, you have started a VC-funded firm already, which is impressive.

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Thanks. Best of luck to you with your applications.
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