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Joined: 20 Oct 2011
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Location: India
Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 720 Q50 V38
GPA: 3.82
WE: Engineering (Computer Software)
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New post 06 Nov 2011, 11:17
GMAT: 720 Q:50 V:38
Exp:4 years in EMC2 (Fortune 500 company)
Community Service : Active member of a NGO during Tsunami.
I am planning to apply to the top schools like Stanford, LBS,Wharton, IE,ESADE,ISB, SDA.
I am bit concerned about my low AWA score, will it affect my admission drastically.
I have performed many management related activities during my contribution to the NGO. I lead a team of MBA graduates in Tamil Nadu, India to set up a relief camp for the tsunami victims. The team was also instrumental in collecting the statistics of the affected victims and proposing few suggestions to ensure that the relief materials were properly distributed to the affected. I was also instrumental in rescuing about 100 people stranded in Vivekanada rock in Kanyakumari during the tsunami.
The NGO founder has agreed to give me a recommendation but the trouble is that we dont have an official web site. Being a non-profit organization the founder only has a personal mail id, will such a recommendation be accepted by B-schools. But our NGO is one of the few directly recogonised and funded by the Supreme court of India.
I am a software developer in EMC2 a fortune 500 software company. I have initiated few process improvements in my business unit saving app 100 man days a year. I was involved in sealing a deal with a customer in Middle east ( Explained the benefits and how it would address their need ). Co-ordinated and managed a release of a product earning $500 million annually. Cross-sold one of our products between different teams and reduced much effort .Won Bronze awards twice (Individual excellence.)
My future business plan is around venture capitalism and have developed a pretty decent business model. The initial phase of my plan is already in motion and I am doing some experiments right now. Though the business plan is not of a grandeur nature, it is pretty good one based on the current returns it is yielding.

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New post 08 Nov 2011, 05:15
Hey there,
You got some veeery nice stuff in your profile including of course the GMAT and NGO experience. First, the important thing will be as you go through your work experience to really highlight to teamwork and leadership so that they don;t think you are just another guy hacking away at the keyboard!

Next, your goals: I ain't too crazy about them. Do you have any idea how many Indian candidates want to move from Tech to finance? And how hard it is to make a convincing argument against all the other guys who want the same thing, but have years of experience? VERY! I would stick with a more traditional something to do with Tech, so you can make the best of your past experience.

As for the NGO thing, don;t worry about it too much. Just give them the contacts you have and they will do what they can if they have any doubts. Yes, maybe it's better to have worked fro a huge name NGO, but you did what you did, and a priori the Adcom is gonna believe what you tell them. So jut make sure that recommendation is EXCITING.

hope this helps!

Jon Frank
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