Harvard | Mr. Student Product Manager
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Ms. FANG Tech
GRE 321, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Sports Management
GMAT 690, GPA 3.23
Harvard | Mr. PE Strategist
GRE 326, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Mr. Private Equity Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.3
Columbia | Mr. CPA
GMAT 720, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Digital Health Start-Up
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. International Trade
GRE 323, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Health Clinic Founder
GRE 330, GPA 3
Said Business School | Mr. Strategy Consulting Future
GMAT 720, GPA 3.98
Stanford GSB | Mr. Robotics
GMAT 730, GPA 2.9
Stanford GSB | Mr. Aspiring Tech Entrepreneur
GMAT 690, GPA 3.4
London Business School | Mr. Supply Chain Latino
GRE 320, GPA 3.4
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Operations Manager
GRE 328, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Ms. Media Entertainment
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
INSEAD | Mr. Jumbo GMAT
GMAT 770, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Basketball To B-School
GRE 334, GPA 3.73
Harvard | Mr. E-Sports Coach
GRE 323, GPA 5.72/10
INSEAD | Ms. Insightful Panda
GMAT 700, GPA 87.5%
NYU Stern | Mr. Bioinformatics
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Impact Investment
GMAT 760, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. Nonprofit-ish
GRE 333, GPA 3.81
INSEAD | Ms. Humble Auditor
GMAT 710, GPA 3.56
London Business School | Mr. Investment Finance
GMAT 750, GPA 2.2
Georgetown McDonough | Ms. Healthcare Tech
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Chicago Booth | Mr. Civil Engineer
GMAT 770, GPA 8.9/10

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.”

SELLING A ‘VISION’ MORE THAN AN ‘ACCOMPLISHMENT’

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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