The Pioneering MBAs In The Class Of 2019

Dan Ben-Nun 

The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business 

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Founder of three companies with a deep, driving passion for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Hometown: Austin, TX

Fun Fact About Yourself: Served as a Sergeant in a Special Forces Battalion of the Israeli Defense Forces.

Undergraduate School and Major: UC Berkeley; Political Science

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation: Listed in order from oldest to most recent.

  • Infolive- Geopolitical Reporter
  • STRATFOR – Geopolitical Analyst
  • Prescience – Cofounder & CEO
  • Inkkas- Founder & CEO
  • Marcus LemonisFashion Group – VP Digital Advertising
  • AdspaceAgency – Founder & CEO

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: My biggest career accomplishment is founding, scaling and selling my previous company Inkkas (, a fashion brand that was acquired by celebrity investor Marcus Lemonis.

Looking back on your experience, what one piece of advice would you give to future business school applicants?  My biggest piece of advice is, don’t be afraid to be different. Most applicants think that they need to fit into some sort of mold in order to be accepted into business school. I would say that it’s actually better to stand out and highlight what makes you unique and different from the other applicants in your essays. People always respect those who have the courage to be themselves and follow their dreams and passions.

What was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? The Texas MBA program is one the highest-ranked MBA programs for entrepreneurship and it is located in Austin — one of the most vibrant entrepreneurial communities in the world. The school’s mix of location and entrepreneurial focus offers the perfect academic setting for people like myself, who are passionate about founding and scaling new businesses, and working with some of the most cutting-edge startups in the nation.

What would success look like to you after your first year of business school? Success for me would be learning actionable business concepts that I can apply to my future business ventures, and meeting a community of like-minded individuals that will become the future leaders of Austin’s vibrant business community.

  • dilma

    Hello John,

    What is your explanation for this year delay in releasing the employment reports of most top schools? I see only Booth results this year…

  • BigBangTrigger

    aand she is dating the oscar guy at CBS !

  • D.B. Cooper

    When is this GMAT arms race going to end? Average scores keep inflating like crazy…

  • Joe

    I heard a girl at Stern has an Emmy award…

  • Claptone

    The school with the 7th highest gmat is really struggling. Stanford eats their lunch. They hate it.

  • Claptone

    But the number then should be closer to the 91%, because in the 941 you also have to include the 2+2 from previous years who are enrolling this year.

    If they are already included it means that:
    Accepted in 2017: 1,138
    Enrolled in 2017: 941 – previous 2+2
    2+2 from 2017: 1,138-(941-previous 2+2)

    Assuming there are ~100 2+2 from previous year matriculating this year (there were 106 commits last year), it means that out of the 1,138, 300 of them are 2+2 – very high.

  • The HBS acceptances include 2+2 admits who don’t immediately enroll. That is why you think the yield rate is lower than Harvard’s published number. As for where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We don’t wait for schools to report the numbers. We call them up and ask for them.

  • Calptone, where we got the numbers? It’s called reporting. We got them from the schools, many of which don’t publicly release some of these numbers.

  • Claptone

    Your numbers on page 2 are wrong. If HBS accepted 1,138 but only enrolled 941 it means their yield is 83%. On their website they say it’s 91%.

    Frankly, I don’t know where you got all those accepted numbers since they haven’t been publicly released.

  • Jacob

    Ya, not sure how you claim to be the best school if you have the 7th-9th highest GMAT class average. Most use the GMAT as the most common metric of determining student-body quality.

  • Joe

    So it looks like the GMAT Ranking is 1. Stanford, 2. Kellogg, 3. Booth & Wharton, 5. Harvard. Harvard won’t even publish a mean because they know its sub-730 and might even be below Yale, and UC Berkeley. Maybe as low as 7th or 8th place.