Harvard | Mr. Google Tech
GMAT 770, GPA 2.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Blockchain
GMAT 760, GPA 3.9
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Healthcare Provider
GMAT COVID19 Exemption, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Low GPA Product Manager
GMAT 780, GPA 3.1
Chicago Booth | Mr. Controller & Critic
GMAT 750, GPA 6.61 / 7.00 (equivalent to 3.78 / 4.00)
Kellogg | Mr. PE Social Impact
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.51
MIT Sloan | Mr. International Impact
GRE 326, GPA 3.5
MIT Sloan | Mr. Energy Enthusiast
GMAT 730, GPA 8.39
Chicago Booth | Ms. Future CMO
GMAT Have Not Taken, GPA 2.99
Said Business School | Mr. Global Sales Guy
GMAT 630, GPA 3.5
N U Singapore | Mr. Just And Right
GMAT 700, GPA 4.0
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. International Youngster
GMAT 720, GPA 3.55
Columbia | Mr. Chartered Accountant
GMAT 730, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. Spanish Army Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3
Kellogg | Mr. Cancer Engineer
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Financial Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.78
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Ms. Sustainable Finance
GMAT Not yet taken- 730 (expected), GPA 3.0 (Equivalent of UK’s 2.1)
MIT Sloan | Ms. International Technologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Art Historian
GRE 332, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Startup Musician
GRE Applying Without a Score, GPA First Class
Chicago Booth | Ms. Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.5
Columbia | Mr. MGMT Consulting
GMAT 700, GPA 3.56
Harvard | Mr. Future Family Legacy
GMAT Not Yet Taken (Expected 700-750), GPA 3.0

November’s Essential Business MOOCs

Financing New Ventures


School: University of California-San Francisco (UCSF)

Platform: NovoEd

Registration Link: Financing New Ventures

Start Date: November 4, 2014 (11 Weeks)

Workload: Not Specified

Instructors: Stephanie Marrus and Naeem Zafar

Credentials:  Marrus heads the Entrepreneurship Center at UCSF. Over a 30 year business career, she has held leadership roles in computer, pharmaceutical, and biosciences companies, holding roles ranging from sales to public relations to chief executive. She has also worked in the public secretary as a Deputy Secretary for Policy and Economics for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Most recently, she ran a consulting firm specializing in business planning and marketing for new ventures and international companies before joining the UCSF faculty. She holds an MBA from Wharton and is the author of Building the Strategic Plan.

Zafar, who teaches entrepreneurship and innovation at the U.C. Berkeley’s Haas Business School, is the co-founder and CEO of Blitzer Mobile. Over his career, Zafar has launched six startups and published five books.

Graded: Students will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by +Acumen for completing all assignments.

Description: If you’re going to scale a business, you’ll need to attract financing. In this course, you’ll examine funding sources – including grants, angel investors, VC firms, grants and crowdfunding – to help you “create value inflection points, reduce risk and position themselves for additional investment.” Taught from the perspective of both entrepreneur and investor, the course will help students how to negotiate the most favorable financial and managerial terms, along with covering areas like pitching investors and developing a business plan (with a healthy amount of content drawn from the life sciences and health care sectors).

Review: “Amateur hour. Videos are mostly just a video of a live class (including mostly inaudible and non-useful questions from the students in the class). The other videos were someone standing next to a wall with a projected image of slides or text in too small a font. I’m not even sure how someone in that room could view that unless they stood right next to the wall. No syllabus, no grading/certificate info. Boring, redundant videos with little content and content that was often outdated, practices that are no longer considered best practices. I know they focus on life sciences so some things are different than with IT startups, but the instructors need to have a serious chat with someone like Steve Blank to figure out how adapt the new best practices in IT to their industry.” For additional reviews, click here.