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Mr. Academia Into VC

About Me:

I’m Mr. Academia into VC, a final year undergrad applying for early entry programs at GSB, HBS, and SOM. I started thinking about career quite late — spent years preparing to pursue academia. While in school, I work in VC and am pursuing research projects. The vision for my career is clear: impact by connecting Silicon Valley and the World.


Undergrad School: University of British Columbia (top Canadian)

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 3.8


Age: 22,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Research team lead @ top business school (think GSB, HBS, etc), National scale non-profit co-founder, International level results + leadership in competitions (think Model UN, debate)

Work History:

Title: VC Associate (MBA level)

Industry: Venture Capital

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

Lead for a research project based in a top business school: built the team and infrastructure from scratch and built a network of well-known professors and academics at those places. Built career and resources in VC industry from scratch — one of few undergrads (<10%) and only Canadian to receive an internship + return offer.

Post MBA Goal:

I hope to use the deferred time to establish myself as an innovator in the venture capital industry and pursue my individual investing thesis: connecting Silicon Valley to the rest of the World. At Stanford, I will use the time to explore entrepreneurial resources while seeking the next challenge. I intend to run a cross-border fund in the long run.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard, Yale


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

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    Hi Mr. Academia into VC, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. For a deferred candidate you check a lot of the boxes I generally look for: Strong internship/planned post-undergrad work experience, strong leadership experience and strong goals trajectory. Your internship and future work experience at a VC firm will be very interesting to schools – as you will be bringing to the table an industry that is a target for many MBA grads. Your leadership across your extracurriculars looks strong across the research team, non-profit founding, and competitions. Your goals, based on the limited info here, is where I would suggest you spend a bit more time. I see aspirationally you want to run an international fund, but think you need to be a bit more …

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