John Miles

Admissionado

New York

United States

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

I am a music lover at heart (and have attended over 400 concerts), threw 80s parties in NYC in the early 2000s, and at 18 years old, held up a sign and sang a song with Sting. I also do an impression of Franck Eggelhoffer, from the film, “Father of the Bride.”

As an associative thinker, I have parlayed my ability to think of 10 ideas at once into connecting disparate things, whether people, words, or businesses. You say Portland? I will likely link Fred Armisen, Nike, and Johnny Marr (of The Smiths) together. I am a “double Dukie,” which, in Blue Devil parlance, means I attended Duke for both undergrad and MBA. I was an English major, prefer writing custom poems over gifting traditional cards, and spoke to my fellow MBA classmates at graduation about how the personal activities and interests dwelling at the bottom of your resume can actually make you a more engaging professional.

I founded and run a company that creates stories which position businesses and individuals for growth. After college, I spent 8 years at Goldman Sachs, helping to start and grow the insurance asset management business. After Fuqua, I advised early-stage companies, developing product and investment stories and sourcing business development partnerships for them, and in 2013, I was the Co-Founder of a cross-sector venture development company, Art & Science Collaborative. Based in Los Angeles at the time, I eventually helped lead the build-out of the world’s first commercial dance brand at Millennium Dance Media. I also trained for 8 months to try to qualify for the 2012 IRONMAN World Championships, but…wait for it…I didn’t qualify. Sigh.

I partner with my clients from a point of empathy, having spent much time as a pre-med student in hospitals and as a volunteer with a local ambulance. The embed we see reporting from the front lines with military teams is the analogous model I follow when guiding – with you, side-by-side through the entire journey, helping you craft, and make sense of, your own value and stories.

Company Information

Admissionado is a results-driven MBA admissions consulting agency. We have a lust for smart ideas and tactics that – quite simply – work. We embrace a two-person specialty approach to consulting, leveraging the talents of strategic business geniuses with masters of writing. Browse through our website to get a sense of our style, our process, our team, and our case studies. We’re a no-nonsense crew, committed to delivering a boutique experience that stretches potential and earns admit letters.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We offer three different packages to accommodate individuals with different needs and budgets. Our Gold and Platinum packages include everything under the sun: deep strategic guidance plus comprehensive essay development, along with all the supporting elements such as interview prep, resume and LOR support, and unlimited access to your MBA consultant. We also offer a more economical Silver package (starting at $3,250) for those who prefer a more targeted experience: deep strategy plus comprehensive essay development (and the flexibility to add on any individual elements as needed).

Location: New York, United States

Phone: 866-409-4753

Email: pquants@admissionado.com

Website: http://admissionado.com/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • John & Team = Secret Sauce...Booth Admit. (4/4)
    11 months ago
    John and the team at Admissionado are unrivaled. There are tons of services out there but nothing will get as close to perfect execution as them. I got accepted to all 4 schools in the first round and by no means have a 'stand out' profile. As someone who started as a skeptic, not only did they change my viewpoint, but they helped me at every possible hurdle that I came across with poise. Their dedication, responsiveness, and depth of knowledge really stands out and shined through as I went through the admissions process. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Whether an MBA has been a lifelong pursuit, or you are just looking to advance yourself, John and the team will not only help you ...
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  • Phenomenal Service!
    12 months ago
    I worked with John on 3 schools, eventually securing an offer from Wharton! I honestly couldn't have done it without him. I had spoken with many admissions consultants before deciding to go with Admissionado. I felt an instant fit with John in our free consultation call and was amazed by how well he understood me. What impressed me most was how John picked out strengths from my profile that I didn't even think of. When I initially went to John, I was worried that my GMAT score at the time (which I later improved) would disadvantage me, but that didn't deter him from taking on this challenge, instilling a great deal of confidence, especially as someone coming from a competitive demographic. Throughout the process, John was accessible ...
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  • The Best Of The Best
    12 months ago
    If you want to go to MBA school but have absolutely NO idea where to start and you want to hire the best of the best, look no further. John is your guy. I am SO thankful that I met John and his team. To give you some context, I must have interviewed 8+ MBA consultants. I mean, I did my research because I wanted to work with the best. Many of these consultants told me (verbatim!) that I should not be setting my sights as high as I actually was (and I wanted to get into the top 5 MBA programs in the world). In fact, I'll never forget that during one interview/intro call, one consultant I was interviewing said that I should readjust ...
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  • John Wants You To Win
    12 months ago
    I would highly recommend that anyone considering hiring a consultant include John in their process. Before I even signed up with John, he conducted a detailed review of my background, test scores, and target schools to give me a fair and honest assessment of where I stood. He then identified the areas that I needed to improve and encouraged me to do so all throughout our process. Throughout my 2+ months working with John, he was responsive and direct, and it was clear that he was hyper-focused on getting me into school. Working with John was the best decision that I made throughout my entire admissions process and ultimately led to me getting into my top school.
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  • Awesome - Very Happy
    12 months ago
    Pursuing an MBA was a goal of mine for many years. It took a while for the timing to be right and I knew I needed some help from an expert to create the best possible finished product of an application. I searched around a few of the top-tier admissions consulting firms and had introductory calls/ meetings with at least 4. Simply put, I had a better feeling when it came to Admissionado and speaking with John Miles for the first time. I felt that he was very honest and motivating - I could tell we would work well together and I would leverage a lot from his insight and direction. I signed up. What was equally impressive, and critical to my experience, was how ...
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    Matt G
    MBA Class of 2023 N/A
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  • Great Experience
    1 year ago
    I worked with John on a reach school for me given my GMAT score was lower than average, and I believe that I was able to offset my lower test score by writing great essays with John's help and guidance. The application for the school that I applied to included many small essays, and John assisted me with each one of them thus helping me make a strong and cohesive application. We were able to leverage my background and build a compelling narrative for me to use during my applications. John was always available to answer any other questions that I would have, even questions unrelated to the MBA program itself. Further, the package that I purchase included other ancillary services, including interview preparation, which ...
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  • Highly Recommend
    1 year ago
    If your goal is to get into a top MBA program that may be a stretch for you, then Admissionado is the company for you. John and the rest of the Admissionado team are excellent. They are responsive, friendly, and helpful when you need them most. Their materials are a necessity, but so is their personalized approach to every application and situation. Their essay reviews are insightful and helpful. Their reviews of LORs were essential. I wholeheartedly recommend their services for any MBA application, especially the top 10. I applied to four schools in the top 10. I was admitted to three of the four and was awarded a scholarship to an Ivy League school that I sincerely doubted I would get into. Thanks again, ...
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  • Amazing Experience With John & Admissionado
    2 years ago
    John and the team at Admissionado are an amazingly helpful, knowledgeable, and to the point team, and without their insights into my application, I am rather sure I would not have been able to get my admit at Georgetown, but that too with generous funding. John took the utmost care in understanding my background and my goals, assessing my strengths and weaknesses, and helping me put my best foot forward through school selection, my resume, and SoPs. The team is very responsive, polite, and accomodating and the whole experience with them despite being primarily through email was very smooth. As I said before, I am quite sure I would be able to bag the admits I have, without John's guidance and I highly, highly recommend ...
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  • Accepted Into Wharton, Kellogg, & Fuqua EMBA Programs Thanks To John!
    2 years ago
    John DC Miles and the Admissionado team were incredible to work with, exceeded all my expectations, and I couldn’t have gotten into multiple top-tier executive MBA programs without their support and guidance! I highly recommend trusting John as your partner through your MBA admissions journey. Having interviewed multiple MBA admissions consultants before my intro call with John, I immediately recognized that he stood out from the rest. John struck me as being highly knowledgeable and capable and a consultant who would genuinely listen to my story and help me tell it in the best way possible, in my way. Throughout the entire process, John was a pleasure to work with. John was my strategic partner, who was very engaged and personally invested in my success. John ...
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  • Thank You! It Was Great Working With John
    2 years ago
    It is my pleasure working with John, he helped me and guided me through the process. Really appreciate his effort to finalize the material and walk me through the interview process. Really appreciate it :)
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  • Look No Further!
    2 years ago
    I really enjoyed working with John Miles on my applications to 3 of my dream Schools - Wharton, Haas and CBS; converted the first two with $$. Coming from a super-competitive applicant pool - Indian Male Engineer - I didn't think I'd get into any of my dream schools, and it wouldn't have been possible without outstanding effort from John and the entire Admissionado team. Right from the introductory call, I knew I was in great hands. John showed genuine interest in getting to know my background and motives, and understand my choice of B-schools better. What followed was a well-documented analysis and action plan on my strengths and areas to focus on. It was very targeted at me and had helpful insights on how to make ...
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  • HIGHLY RECOMMEND STAR ADMISSIONS CONSULTANT
    3 years ago
    I first reached out to Admissionado in 2016 with the team. We began the consulting process when I decided to take a pause on the MBA application process and instead accepted a job. When I reached back out in 2020 the team picked right back up where we left off. They honored my initial package and redid a strategy session with me to understand all that happened in my career since last we spoke. When evaluating my overall profile, John and the Admissionado team encouraged me and gave me the confidence to go after top schools in Round 1, despite my below-average GMAT and GPA stats, and accelerated timeline (I began the process in mid-August 2020). They helped me set up a very detailed work ...
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  • The Best
    3 years ago
    The whole process is so well streamlined by the Admissionado team- from their initial checklist for figuring out your best stories to the comments/POV they open you up to during the essay writing phase. John and the team really pushed me to achieve the best (quite literally) I got into M7. I couldn't have done it without them!! If you are thinking about getting a consultant for your MBA applications, just offer them a call once and I assure you that would be your last one. Absolutely the best!!
    Noomit Rangwani
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • I HIGHLY RECOMMEND ADMISSIONADO FOR YOUR MBA APPLICATIONS!
    3 years ago
    I had a great experience working with Admissionado! I decided to get a consulting service to sharpen my application, especially since my GMAT was average and I was struggling on how I should position my story. I had an introductory call with a few different consultants - Admissionado was the last one. I was scheduled with John DC Miles, and after our first call, I knew John understood exactly why I was struggling. He got me. He’s extremely empathetic, having spent time in pre-med (same as me), and right then I knew who my choice of consultant would be. John created an Action Plan based on everything we talked about: my goals, background, target schools, and other concerns. I was extremely impressed by John’s speed and ...
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  • John is a phenomenal consultant
    3 years ago
    Before signing up for Admissionado, I did a few free consultations and was unimpressed by their cookie-cutter approach and encouraging me to only apply to schools where my GMAT score was 20-40 points above the average. After my initial consultation with Admissionado, I had a follow-up call with John and was impressed with how personable he was and the confidence he demonstrated in his ability to get someone like me coming from a tough demographic and work experience in finance into a top ten school. I was particularly drawn to his personal background getting into Fuqua with below-average stats and his understanding of how to craft a coherent story that highlights not only my work experience but also incorporating my life story to overcome my ...
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  • Stand-Out MBA Advisors & Partners
    3 years ago
    Couldn't recommend John DC Miles from Admissionado more. He knows the top b-school programs to a T. He takes the time to get to know you, not only your B-school stats, but YOU. Your strengths, weaknesses, passions, life stories, etc. John is the type of person who looks holistically at you as a person and what edge or value you could provide an MBA program...and that is a rare quality amongst the sea of other MBA consultants. The admissions process is mentally and emotionally taxing. It helps to have a partner with you along the way, coaching you as to how you can submit the best application. That's what I found in Admissionado: reliability. They're also super responsive. They cheer when you cheer. They wish ...
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  • John & The Admissionado Team is Amazing!
    3 years ago
    Prior to signing up with Admissionado, I had various consultation calls with 2 other different consulting companies, after phone calls with them, I don’t think I gained much confidence to decide to work with them. While browsing reviews in the forum, those strong positive reviews for John and Admissionado triggered my attention. In the middle of my first initial consultation call with John, I knew that he is the right person who would help me better prepare my application package. Comparing to other R1 admitted candidates, I would say my academic background is below average (graduated from Top 60 US College, 2 years of work experience, and a 3.05/4.0 GPA) Given the below-average background, I don’t have much confidence to get in Fuqua, but John ...
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  • Premier Advisers
    3 years ago
    I began my pursuit of applying to graduate school by deciding to work with a highly reputable consultant who could assist me with preparing my application. After browsing online reviews, I narrowed my selection to a couple of consultants and reached out to the first one to learn more about their process. The first consultant decided not to work with me because I planned on applying to only one school. Fortunately for me the team at Admissionado did not reject me for that reason and they actually gave me an opportunity to convey why I was seeking their help. I was invited to an introductory call with John. During the call I could tell that John knew how to best position my ...
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  • Outstanding Top Tier Support
    3 years ago
    This season I was targeting just one tier-1 business school to apply to and signed up for the Jr Deluxe Package with Admissionado. I knew that I wanted to pursue an MBA, but I have little familiarity with how admissions approach the process on their end. I wanted the professionals to take my story and highlight the pieces that would resonate the most In the beginning, I was paired with John for the complimentary call. I came away very impressed because I was able to ask John specific questions about which parts of my work history and background would appeal to my target school. One of the reasons why I went with John and Admissionado is that the free call already resulted in actionable items for ...
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  • Life Lessons & Acceptances
    3 years ago
    When I contacted John in the fall of 2019, I was at a crossroads in my MBA journey. I had spent 6 years in international and blue-chip banks in the Philippines, I had an international upbringing which I believed to be one of my greatest strengths, and I had a competitive GMAT score of 710. Despite all this, I had failed to be admitted to any schools across 2 rounds of admissions. When I first spoke with John, I told him that I needed a coach and a quarterback to guide me through the process. In 30 minutes, he was able to glean an understanding of my goals, my strengths, my weaknesses, and most importantly, my overall fit with various MBA programs. Given my location ...
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    Michael Catindig
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Life-Changing Experience
    3 years ago
    At the start of my business school application process, I was unsure about where I fit as a candidate, which schools made sense for someone with my profile, and which programs would best position me to make a career transition to another industry. As I was unsure about these critical criteria, I decided to work with Admissionado and John DC MIles to guide me through the application process. I scheduled video calls with several leading admissions consulting companies but immediately hit it off with John during our introductory conversation. I could tell that John was 1. incredibly bright and talented, 2. very experienced working with applicants of all backgrounds and MBA programs of various statures, and 3. truly invested in his clients' success. It was an ...
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  • Incredible Experience with Admissionado & John Miles
    4 years ago
    I signed up for a Deluxe Package with Admissionado and it was hands down the best decision I made during the MBA application process. As a result, I was accepted into both Kellogg and Booth and ultimately chose to attend Kellogg. Without a doubt, Admissionado, and specifically John DC Miles, were the most personable individuals who I spoke to prior to choosing to work with them. You could tell that they were really interested in getting to know me as a person and committed to helping me during the entire process with any questions that I had. Having someone who really cared about me getting accepted made all the difference. John and his entire team were incredibly accessible to answer questions throughout the process and ...
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    Ben Weisburger
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    4 years ago
    I can’t tell you about other consulting firms, but in my country, Admissionado is considered a very respected and well-known firm. Nobody who has used their services has been rejected yet. I was very happy to cooperate with Admissionado and I was very fortunate to have John as my consultant. He really knows how to do his job very well. From my first conversation with John, it was clear to me that he is very professional and I was confident that I would be accepted to the business school of my choice. He was very helpful, kind and communicative, always willing to reply to all my questions. I definitely recommend him and his firm to prospective students.
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  • Highly Recommend
    4 years ago
    I can’t tell you about other consulting firms, but in my country, Admissionado is considered a very respected and well-known firm. Nobody who has used their services has been rejected yet. I was very happy to cooperate with Admissionado and I was very fortunate to have John as my consultant. He really knows how to do his job very well. From my first conversation with John, it was clear to me that he is very professional and I was confident that I would be accepted to the business school of my choice. He was very helpful, kind and communicative, always willing to reply to all my questions. I definitely recommend him and his firm to prospective students.
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Admissions Assassin - Highly Recommend!
    4 years ago
    International applicant here, I've had a very positive experience with John DC Miles and Admissionado and highly recommend them :) I worked on essays for 5 schools + resume + interview prep support and I couldn't be happier. Additionally, I repurposed the material I had prepared with their help to apply to 3 more schools. The result: 4 acceptances (including my M7 stretch schools), 3 waitlists and 1 reject. Business school is a big investment, you get your MBA once (ideally!) and want to do it right. I decided to invest a fraction of the cost of B-school in order to put forth my best application. The folks at Admissionado are professional and competent. They understand the admissions process deeply and can help you turn your ...
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  • Guiding You Along the Way
    4 years ago
    Admissionado stood out from the competition from the start. They seemed a lot friendlier and down-to-earth than other consultants I had talked to. They were super willing to help and I felt that their approach was much more personable and tailored to my needs. I was paired with John and I must say he did a great job guiding me through the daunting process of MBA applications, from brain-storming schools to actually helping with the essays and general application queries. He helped with 3 Top schools on the west coast and was super happy with the outcome. I got into 2 of them with scholarships and got an interview with another (still waiting for the outcome on that). Not having access to people that had been through ...
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  • Thank You, John!
    4 years ago
    Before John was recommended to me, I had interviewed two other consultants who also came highly regarded. I hadn’t been impressed with either and when I spoke with John I knew instantly it was a fit. I told him my concerns: I needed someone who would respond in a timely manner and who would help me craft my story. John set clear expectations from the get-go about turnaround time and he instilled confidence in me that I had a good story to share. John helped me research schools and programs, which would best suit my career goals and interests. Beyond that, John helped me brainstorm ideas for essays and gave me editorial help. John surpassed all expectations when it came to that. I always felt he ...
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    Lakshay Sharma
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Outstanding Consultant & Team
    4 years ago
    John and the team are rock star essay reviewers, mock interviewers, and general advice-givers. The folks at Admissionado are by no means magicians, but they will guide you step-by-step through the application process to help you put your best foot forward. The multiple iterations of essay drafts are hard work but well worth it. I'm confident that John's consulting services played a huge role in my admission to UT McCombs and would recommend him to anyone applying to b-school!
    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Excellent Consulting Service
    5 years ago
    I was looking to get on online MBA programs. Worked along with John DC Miles who was best qualified to help me with online grad schools. He did a very well comprehensive analysis of my application and came out with a strategy and helped me identify my strengths to guide me during each step of the application process. He helped me on each element of my application to polish it to stand out. I ended up being accepted at my top 2 schools. Now that I finished the application process, I don't think that I would have come with an excellent application without his help. I definitely recommend their service.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • The Guy You Need
    5 years ago
    I contacted Admissionado during my senior year at the University of Southern California and was advised to call John, who was best qualified to help me with European grad schools. With a 3.1 GPA, a couple of summer internships and no experience with the GRE nor the GMAT, I no idea of where to start. But John helped me identify my strengths and guided me during each step of the application, from my resume to the GRE. John is smart, honest and makes himself available for his clients. He will follow your intuition, but you can safely trust him. Overall, John is a tremendous consultant who gave each element of my application a well-needed polish to stand out from the crowd. And it sure worked. ...
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  • Admissionado is a Great Choice
    5 years ago
    I was referred to Admissionado through another client who had previously worked with John (unbeknownst to me at the time) and had loved her experience. After my first call with them I stopped looking at other consulting firms - their ease and speed of communication and personalized attention made me feel right at home immediately and I knew I was in good hands. Working with John and the entire team was such an easy process right from the beginning. Knowing that I wanted some extra support, I chose to do the unlimited package for two schools and have never once regretted spending the money to do so. John was always accessible and attentive and was with me every step of the way, he even got ...
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  • Accepted with $$$
    5 years ago
    Thanks to John and the Admissionado team, I got admitted to LBS and Warwick with a generous scholarship! I could not have done without them. Their encouragement, perseverance and support means a lot me! A big shout-out to you and the entire Admissionado team! Woo-hoo!!
    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Money well spent working with Admissionado
    5 years ago
    John and I worked together on 9 schools and I was able to get into one of my top choices (Tuck). We worked together on the pre-application planning (mapping out short-term and long-term goals), essay review, letter of recommendation help, and interview prep. He's not only very good at helping you put together a coherent story for your application but he's also great to work with. He's more than happy to hop on a call or discuss something over email even if it's going beyond the help they're supposed to provide. If you're applying to schools, I would certainly recommend Admissionado and John.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • John is the best!!
    6 years ago
    I made the decision to work with Admissionado based on very positive reviews from colleagues who had worked with them in past years through their own MBA admissions process, and am very glad that I had them as a resource during the stressful process of applying to schools. I worked with John DC Miles, who was able to help me piece my application story together - a critical piece to my success as an applicant to both Fuqua and Tuck. During my initial phone call with John, he spent over an hour on the phone with me, listening to me discuss my work experience and all of the seemingly minute aspects of who I am and what I have accomplished. He then put it together ...
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