Harvard | Mr. Soldier Boy
GMAT 720, GPA 3.72
Harvard | Mr. Latino Banker
GRE 332, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Lean Manufacturing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Mr. Airline Developer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.48
Harvard | Mr. Native Norwegian
GMAT 730, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 Auditor
GMAT 740, GPA 3.55
Tuck | Mr. First Gen Student
GMAT 740, GPA 3.0
INSEAD | Mr. INSEAD Hopeful
GMAT -, GPA 2.9
Kellogg | Mr. Concrete Angel
GRE 318, GPA 3.33
Darden | Ms. Environmental Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Kellogg | Mr. Go-Getter
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. Global Healthcare
GMAT 740, GPA 4.0
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. Innovator
GRE 300, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Ms. Social Impact To Tech
GMAT -, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. First Gen Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (First Class Honours)
Stanford GSB | Mr. JD Explorer
GRE 340, GPA 3.5
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Automotive Project Manager
GMAT 680, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Honor Roll Student
GRE 320, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthtech Venture
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Bank AVP
GRE 322, GPA 3.22
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Apparel Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. AI & Robotics
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Tuck | Mr. Liberal Arts Military
GMAT 680, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Social Entrepreneur
GRE 328, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Industry Switch
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Mr. Irish Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7

MIT Entrepreneurship: Pirates, Navy SEALs

“I think we’re not so much in creating the next dating app,” Aulet says. “Dating can be a good thing before you are married but hybrid innovation is what we specialize in. We like to see ventures that involve software, hardware, and big data, for example. And does it help people? The best ideas are from the people concerned about helping others with their ventures and remember to execute the process.”

Aulet rattles off numerous examples of lesser known but impacting startups. Wecyclers is one of those examples and was founded by two 2012 Sloan grads, Bilikiss Adebiyi and Alexandra Fallon to remove the heaping piles of recyclables from Nigerian slums via bicycle. The startup has removed more than 600 tons of recyclables and created 75 local jobs.

“That’s an example of a startup that won’t make your list, but is doing something beneficial to a community,” Aulet says. “But I am proud of all of the my children in the center. I love all the children.”

Still, children can do dumb things from time-to-time.

“The dumbest ideas are the ones that only focus on technology,” Aulet says. “Their ideas are not customer focused. It’s all about the technology. Those are the ones that crash and burn.”

MALCOLM BUTLER AS A CASE STUDY

Finally, Aulet says the students benefit from an adept faculty and staff.

“It’s all about Ed Roberts and Fiona Murray leading this team,” Aulet says. “Scott Stern doesn’t sit in an ivory tower and do research. He is involved. Matt Marx is innovating the laws of MIT entrepreneurship. Eric von Hippel is teaching the importance of listening to customers. And that’s just a few. I stand on the shoulders of giants.”

Before allowing the interview to end, Aulet had some final thoughts he insists be published: a lesson learned from a 2015 Super Bowl hero.

Says Aulet, “Malcolm Butler earned that interception. Discipline beats indiscipline. When someone on the other team is acting like he’s going to the bathroom on the ball after a touchdown, that’s indiscipline. The interception wasn’t luck. Like in entrepreneurship, there is no luck. Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Malcolm Butler is a case study for that.”

Spoken like a true Patriots-sympathizer.

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