david white menlo coaching

David White

Founding Partner

Menlo Coaching

Amsterdam

Netherlands

Consultant Bio

After a 15-year career in the tech industry (SVP at Travelzoo, Sr. Director at Yahoo, GM Europe at a startup acquired by Adobe), I have recruited, managed and developed dozens of talented young professionals in startup and corporate environments.  I have worked on MBA applications since 2012 and have a special focus on helping applicants to choose the right career goals.


Company Information

Menlo Coaching is a boutique consultancy providing services across all stages of an MBA application: school selection, candidate positioning, essays, application forms, resumes, recommendations, interview prep and post-interview reflection.

Applicants choose us for our personal service and for the quality of our work. To ensure the highest quality of service, we accept only a limited number of clients each year, who come to us from referrals and testimonials from our former clients.


Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Location: Amsterdam Netherlands

Email: david@menlocoaching.com

Website: http://menlocoaching.com/


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  • In at Booth, Kellogg, Tuck, Yale, Darden and Ross with $$$
    7 days ago
    "In 2016 I was waitlisted at Booth after an interview. After talking to various other consultants I was fortunate to come across David White. He asked for all my previous application materials to go over them before our consultation call. Unlike other consultants, who wouldn’t take a look at my previous material to do a ‘ding analysis’ unless I opted for a package, David really wanted to assess my situation to help me figure out the best way forward. During our call, he pointed out that my application materials went into too much technical detail (I am an engineer) and needed to be tailored for the adcom. He was kind enough to give a first-pass list of schools that I should target if I were ...Read the full review.
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  • Fantastic experience, Great results!
    1 week ago
    "After careful research on MBA consultants, I choose to work w David White as I was a re-applicant to HBS (2014, was not invited to an interview). Without any doubts, this was one of the smartest choices I ever made. From the first phone call, I felt support, care, and a very tailored approach. David not only studied my background, interests, and values, he also helped to understand my true passion and encouraged to follow my calling. He was with me every minute that I needed him and helped me to jointly think on many topics and make right decisions. David also brought completely new perspective on how I can tell my story in different ways and helped to pack everything I wanted to say ...Read the full review.
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  • Great experience! M7 admit with full scholarship
    3 weeks ago
    "After speaking with a number of admissions consultants, I decided to work with David and Darren Kowitt at Menlo Coaching due to their responsiveness, professionalism, and understanding of my story and goals. I primarily worked with Darren on my application essays, and he was thoughtful and encouraging throughout. He helped me prepare with deep introspection and then convey my narrative in a compelling fashion with clear language. David was there to provide overall advice and guidance throughout the process. This included how to approach my career pivot, where an MBA fits within that, which schools fit best, and how to devise an overall strategy to tackle the application process. He also helped with interview prep through mock interviews, and I can’t imagine walking into interviews ...Read the full review.
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  • Best in the business
    4 weeks ago
    "David and I first made contact around last March. I had talked to a few other consultants beforehand, and I told myself that I wasn't going to let the stellar reviews for Menlo bias my approach - I was committed to talking to each consultant with a blank slate and pick the one that was the best for me. It quickly became apparent that there is a reason that Menlo is rated so highly - David showed a deep understanding of my story and I could already tell that he would help me craft a compelling narrative. After confirming my intent to work with him, we narrowed down a list of a few schools to apply to Round 1 and began working on the essays ...Read the full review.
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  • Experienced, diligent, fantastic!
    4 weeks ago
    "I can easily say without hesitation that David is one of the best coaches to work with, if not the best. I'd already applied to business schools multiple times in the past but, because I wasn't good at crafting an application, had found no success. The prior processes had left me with lingering doubts about what admissions personnel look out for, what I should / shouldn't say, what was / wasn't important, etc and online forums had just confused me further. David, right from the get-go, was perfect in putting me at ease and convincingly addressing all my concerns. From our very first consultation, I knew he was different from others because he asked for my resume and prior applications beforehand, came into the consultation ...Read the full review.
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  • In at my Reach Schools!
    1 month ago
    "I can say without reservation that if you work with Menlo Coaching, you will be able to craft your story in the best way possible to elevate your candidacy and produce writing that you can truly be proud of. You'll have someone in your corner who sees you and your MBA candidacy far more accurately than you can see it yourself- and you'll have someone who can help you shape your application materials to be the best they can possibly be. This, along with a little luck, can get you results that will surprise you (in the good, life-changing way). I achieved poor grades early in undergrad (mainly due to maturity issues). I have somewhat of a rough past, and am very un-diverse (ahem, white ...Read the full review.
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  • Admitted to HBS
    1 month ago
    "I contacted Menlo Coaching early in the admissions process (among other consultants) and was put in touch with David. This turned out to be one of the most fortunate relationships I formed while applying to full-time MBA programs. From the first conversation, it was evident that David was different from other consultants. We spoke at a time that was convenient for me, for longer than the expected 30-minute time slot, and by the end I felt well on my way to a successful application season. I was given realistic assessments of my chances for multiple programs, and David helped me define an application strategy. From that point on, things only got better, and eventually I was rewarded with admission to Harvard Business School. I would ...Read the full review.
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  • Full scholarship to Darden!
    1 month ago
    "Choosing David as my MBA coach was the best decision I made during the application process. I first came to David over a year ago, and was seeking his help to submit rushed applications to USC and UCSD a couple weeks before the R2 deadlines. He talked me out of this and convinced me to wait until R1 the following year so that I would have time to put together the best application possible – I’m so thankful that he did. David was very helpful in helping me determine my career goals (one of his specialties) and making sure that my applications told a cohesive and compelling story. He is very knowledgeable about the tech industry and helped me chart my career path and the ...Read the full review.
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  • HBS Admission, Thanks to David!
    1 month ago
    "David and I worked on the application for 5 schools (Top 10 MBAs in the US). HBS being my dream school we focused on this application. David is extremely well organized and he doesn’t not only focus on the essays but on the whole process. David helped me tailored my essays to an MBA level, the words were 100% mine but the text is tailored in the best way possible. David knows the particularity of every school and helped me translate that in the essays. I was absolutely delighted with the final results. I got an invitation from 4 out of those 5 schools and did blank interviews with David and his colleague Alice. They both provided me a lot of feedback and it helped ...Read the full review.
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  • Fantastic experience!
    1 month ago
    "I can’t say enough about David and the team at Menlo. From my first conversation with David, it was apparent that he would be honest and realistic about my profile. For many aspects of my application, I worked with Darren, a member of David’s team. In a short time, he was able to understand who I was and help me find my voice. Ultimately that’s what differentiated my experience from my peers’ who went to other firms – Menlo Coaching clearly values each of their clients and provides individually tailored advice. As for the outcome, I was accepted to Booth with scholarship! I absolutely wouldn’t have been able to get here without David or the team at Menlo. I strongly recommend him to anyone in ...Read the full review.
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