Harvard | Mr. Political Consultant
GRE 337, GPA 3.85
Stanford GSB | Mr. Singing Banking Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 110-point scale. Got 110/110 with honors
Berkeley Haas | Ms. 10 Years Experience
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
MIT Sloan | Mr. Refinery Engineer
GMAT 700- will retake, GPA 3.87
Yale | Ms. Social Impact AKS
GRE 315, GPA 7.56
Said Business School | Mr. Across The Pond
GMAT 680, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Army Infantry Officer
GMAT 730, GPA 2.83
Wharton | Mr. Army & Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
Harvard | Mr. Improve Healthcare
GMAT 730, GPA 2.8
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Wake Up & Grind
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Darden | Mr. Fintech Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 7.7/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Minority Champ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Darden | Mr. Senior Energy Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.5
Harvard | Mr. Merchant Of Debt
GMAT 760, GPA 3.5 / 4.0 in Master 1 / 4.0 in Master 2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Indian Telecom ENG
GRE 340, GPA 3.56
Stanford GSB | Ms. East Africa Specialist
GMAT 690, GPA 3.34
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Nonprofit Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Ms. Start-Up Entrepreneur
GRE 318 current; 324 intended, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Health Care Executive
GMAT 690, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Professional Boy Scout
GMAT 660, GPA 3.83
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
IU Kelley | Mr. Clinical Trial Ops
GMAT Waived, GPA 3.33

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.