Harvard | Ms. Indian Quant
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Darden | Mr. Corporate Dev
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Duke Fuqua | Mr. CPA To Finance
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Wharton | Mr. Big 4
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Wharton | Ms. General Motors
GRE 330, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Venture Lawyer
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Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Stanford GSB | Ms. Digital Health
GMAT 720, GPA 3.48
Yale | Mr. Philanthropy Chair
GMAT Awaiting Scores (expect 700-720), GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
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Foster School of Business | Mr. Construction Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 2.77
Ross | Mr. Stockbroker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Harvard Hopeful
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. LGBTQ
GMAT 740, GPA 3.58
Kellogg | Mr. Risky Business
GMAT 780, GPA 3.5
Kellogg | Mr. CPA To MBA
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UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
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Harvard | Ms. World Explorer
GMAT 710 (aiming for 750), GPA 4.33/5
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
Kellogg | Ms. MBA For Social Impact
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London Business School | Mr. Consulting To IB
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Berkeley Haas | Mx. CPG Marketer
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NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
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Kellogg | Mr. White Finance
GMAT Not Taken, GPA 3.97
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Russland Native
GMAT 700, GPA 3.5
Said Business School | Mr. Impact Underdog
GRE 328, GPA 3.13/4

Yale MBA, Mark Cuban Collaborate

Shaan Patel the day he graduated from Yale SOM

Shaan Patel the day he graduated from Yale SOM. Courtesy photo

In January, Yale MBA Shaan Patel went onto ABC’s “Shark Tank,” a reality TV show in which entrepreneurs pitch their companies to investors, and traded 20% of his SAT prep company to billionaire Mark Cuban for $250,000.

Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, is one of the investors, or “sharks,” on the show and was the only one to make Patel an offer. But that connection led to more than one big deal. Now Patel and Cuban are co-writing a children’s book, which they plan to release in the fall.

Patel’s company, Prep Expert (formerly 2400 Expert), started as an SAT prep book that Patel wrote after receiving a perfect score on his own SAT. The book was rejected by several publishers, so Patel designed a course to accompany it. Now there are several books, and Prep Expert has classes in 20 cities.

Before his episode on “Shark Tank” aired, Patel said he was equally excited about the possibility of investment and publicity and networking opportunities that might emerge from his participation on the show. He got his investment, and the publicity appears to have made a significant impact on the company. Prep Expert has since enrolled thousands and boosted its revenue by five times over last year.


But a comment from Mark Cuban gave him something else, too. “He said, ‘I see a young Tony Robbins,’” Patel says. “And he said he thought I was more than just test prep. He inspired me to write something beyond high school and exams.”

Patel recently graduated from Yale SOM. A dual MD/MBA student, he has one year to go for his medical degree at the University of Southern California. Now he has begun to establish himself as a writer as well as an entrepreneur.

Shortly after “Shark Tank,” Patel published a self-help book titled Self-Made Success: Ivy League Shark Tank Entrepreneur Reveals 48 Secret Strategies to Live Happier, Healthier, and Wealthier. Now he’s onto his next book, co-authored with Cuban — and it couldn’t be any different. How Any Kid Can Start A Business will target 4th- to 6th- grade students.

“They’re just getting started, and they’re having their first ideas about what they want to be when they grow up,” Patel says. Many elementary-age students are told to aspire to be doctors or lawyers; he wishes they were also encouraged to be entrepreneurs — and he hopes his book will start to change this.