Stanford GSB | Mr. Fundraising Educator
GMAT 510, GPA 2.89
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Work & Family
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Fintech Startup
GMAT 570, GPA 3.4
Kellogg | Ms. Ukrainian Techie
GMAT 700 (ready to take it again), GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Pretty Bland
GMAT 710, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Ms. Sales & Trading
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
NYU Stern | Mr. Long Shot
GRE 303, GPA 2.75
INSEAD | Mr. Consulting Dream
GMAT 760, GPA 3.1
Stanford GSB | Mr. Marine Corps
GMAT 600, GPA 3.9
Columbia | Mr. Alien
GMAT 700, GPA 3.83
Harvard | Mr. Veteran
GRE 331, GPA 3.39
Wharton | Mr. Naval Submariner
GMAT 760, GPA 3.83
Wharton | Mr. Second MBA
GMAT Will apply by 2025, GPA 7.22/10
IU Kelley | Mr. Builder
GMAT 620, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Supply Chain Data Scientist
GMAT 730, GPA 3.9
Stanford GSB | Ms. Aspiring Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8 (Highest Honor)
Yale | Mr. Environmental Sustainability
GRE 326, GPA 3.733
Yale | Mr. Project Management
GRE 310, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Samaritan Analyst
GMAT 690, GPA 3.87
MIT Sloan | Ms. Physician
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Cal Poly
GRE 317, GPA 3.2
HEC Paris | Ms Journalist
GRE -, GPA 3.5
IU Kelley | Mr. Educator
GMAT 630, GPA 3.85
IU Kelley | Mr. Tech Dreams
GMAT 770, GPA 3
Tuck | Mr. Strategic Sourcing
GMAT 720, GPA 3.90
MIT Sloan | Ms. MD MBA
GRE 307, GPA 3.3
Darden | Ms. Teaching-To-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.47

The Investors Behind The Top MBA Startups

Legendary tech investor Ron Conway is the founder and co-managing partner of SV Angel in San Francisco

Legendary tech investor Ron Conway is the founder and co-managing partner of SV Angel in San Francisco

Despite how large and spread out the venture capital world seems, Rothenberg advises to not forget it’s actually a cul-de-sac of investing, a world in which pretty much everyone knows each other. “I think people forget how small the venture capital world is so a lot of us talk to each other and chat, whether it’s work specific or socially,” says Rothenberg, noting one common mistake made by founders is exaggerating a pitch or story. “It’s easy to get caught in a lie.”


Rothenberg also advises using the unique time in business school to form strong teams, which is also a plus when pitching BoxGroup on a venture. “Having a strong team shows us they can inspire others to join and understand how to hire people,” he says.

Other plusses for founders with outstretched hands: Rothenberg says it’s important to have an intriguing professional past that demonstrates you can handle leading your own company. A previous relationship with the fund doesn’t hurt, either. “They’re selling us more on a vision rather than anything they’ve accomplished,” explains Rothenberg. “The more they’ve done in their past and the better we know them, we’re able to draw a line on our graph of where we think it’s going.”

Finally, while being the “cool” thing to do, Rothenberg cautions that starting and running a successful business is a tough road. “Startups are pretty cool to start and people think it’s a path that they should go down, but it’s not easy,” he says. It’s incredibly hard to start a company. We make sure we’re talking to MBAs that can really execute.”


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