Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Harvard | Mr Big 4 To IB
GRE 317, GPA 4.04/5.00
Stanford GSB | Ms. Engineer In Finance – Deferred MBA
GRE 332, GPA 3.94
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 Trader
GMAT 770, GPA 3.9
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Second Chance In The US
GMAT 760, GPA 2.3
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Big 4 M&A Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 2:1 (Upper second-class honours, UK)
Harvard | Mr. Harvard 2+2, Chances?
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Wharton | Ms. Negotiator
GMAT 720, GPA 7.9/10
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
MIT Sloan | Ms. Physician
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Wharton | Ms. Globetrotting Trader
GMAT 720, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Ms. 2+2 ENG Entrepreneur
GRE 322, GPA 3.82
Harvard | Mr. 2+2 Filipino Social Entrepreneur
GMAT 700, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Deferred Admit Searcher
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Sustainability Consulting
GMAT 710 (Q49/V39), GPA 3.39
Stanford GSB | Mr. Global Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.99
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Real Estate IB
GMAT 710, GPA 3.68
Kellogg | Mr. Virtual Reality Entrepreneur
GRE 326, GPA 3.87
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65

Our Top Ten Favorite MBA Startups In 2015

The founders of our favorite MBA startups of 2015

The founders of our favorite MBA startups of 2015

It was a massive year for MBA-founded startups. Unique ventures were launched. Established startups had Goliath-like seed rounds. Others grew and scaled at breakneck rates. And Poets&Quants covered much of it.

We thought we’d take the time to go back and look at the entirety of ventures we covered in 2015 and compile a list of the ones that stood out to us. One thing is for sure: there is probably no boundaries to the entrepreneurial use of an MBA from a top school. From organic juice to a dating app to shower caps, the list represents a diverse set of interests, passions and problems MBAs possess and set out to solve.

These MBA entrepreneurs are in various stages of growth, but they all have grit, determination, intelligence, bravery and have poured much of themselves into their ventures. And for that, they’ve made our 2015 list of favorite MBA startups.


Pierce Schiller

10. TarDisk, Founder: Pierce Schiller, Harvard Business School

Pierce Schiller is a builder. He’s also incredibly intelligent and savvy. Before embarking on his highly valuable and equally expensive Harvard Business School MBA, he came upon a frustration. Months after purchasing a brand new MacBook, he ran out of space. So he looked for micro SD memory cards for MacBooks and was disgusted by the prices. He could do it for less, he thought, a lot less.

So Schiller created his own micro SD memory card for $2. To see if anyone wanted it, he tried to sell it on Ebay. It sold. Schiller began outsourcing production of his micro SD cards to China and charging $6 per card. They didn’t sell. His girlfriend reminded him of his market. “These are people buying Apple products,” she told him. “They don’t spend $6 on anything.” So he charged $20. They sold. He raised the price to $30. They sold even more. Before beginning his MBA, Schiller had raised enough money to pay for his MBA (with some financial assistance from the school) and had a plausible business idea that he calls TarDisk.

9. TripWeave, Founder: Daniel Valenti, Chicago Booth

Daniel Valenti

Daniel Valenti

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard, Daniel Valenti had no idea what to do. He stumbled upon high-end travel guide service, Rustic Pathways. Soon Valenti was rubbing shoulders with some of the wealthiest travelers from around the world. He spent nearly four years exploring some of the most remote regions on the planet. And then it wasn’t enough. Valenti wanted to call the shots and work for himself.

Entrepreneurship and specifically, Mark Tebbe and the Polksy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, brought him to Chicago Booth. Early on in an entrepreneurship class, Tebbe told the class of his idea to do a Rustic Pathways-sort of venture for incoming MBA students. At 10 a.m. on the Saturday after that class, Valenti received a phone call from a random Illinois number. It was Tebbe and he wanted to help Valenti hatch out plans to create the venture, which ended up being TripWeave.