Mr. Basketball Player

About Me:

Former basketball player from Turkey. Went to Canada to play basketball but ended up with a serious injury that stopped my sports career. After graduation I came back to my country started as an ECM analyst in a top local investment bank. Co-Founded a VC backed startup moved to SF. Currently in a global asset management company in Turkey. WE: 3 yrs


Target School: INSEAD

Considering: London Business School, NYU Stern

See More Profiles For: INSEAD

Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: Cardiff Metropolitan Universiry (UK)

Undergrad Major: Business

GPA: 3.0

GRE: 328

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Captain of the Lacrosse Team, President of the local startup community helping founders to prepare a pitch deck for VC's

Work History:

Title: Equities Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Investment Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

Becoming a co-founder of an SF startup without no prior big data knowledge (I saw it as a challenge took it and grasped everything about big data). Started to play lacrosse at 18 despite of a late start my coach wanted to send me to Major League.

Post MBA Goal:

I would like to transition to investment banking work in EU or US for couple of years and come back to my country to start a boutique investment bank. I am not a seasoned investment banker but in Turkey you get a mandate if you have a wide network and if people trusts you. I do have a vast knowledge here and they will be my client base.


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  • Odds Assessment: 60%

    Hi, this is JP from The MBA Exchange. Your story is familiar as I also moved from Europe to the US with big basketball plans many years ago; and I started a fund (much later), obtaining an MBA from Harvard along the way. So I probably understand your profile, background and goals better than most people. I think you have a strong chance if you have a strategic plan for your campaign and focus on the right schools. It would help to have on your side someone who can outline the key opportunities and challenges, and provide experienced guidance along the way. It will help you reach your MBA goal faster and more quickly. I’d be happy to …

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  • mbaMission Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi Mr. Basketball Player! This is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant. First off, I really admire how you bounced back after your basketball career didn’t work out, especially knowing how difficult it can be to land jobs at top investment banks. I also think schools will admire your entrepreneurial qualities and intellectual curiosity you showed in learning about big data from scratch. I’d be curious to dig into more about what happened to the startup, wins/setbacks you experienced, what you learned, and why you chose to return home. Given that you’ve made a few job moves in a few years, explaining that reasoning (and reflecting on what you have gained from the journey) will be important to your story. Your GRE score looks great, and …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling Odds Assessment: 25%

    Mr. Basketball Player, it’s Lisa Cummings of Stratus Admissions. So sorry to hear about your injury but that doesn’t seem to have stopped you! Clearly it didn’t prevent you from taking up other sports – I was a lacrosse player myself as a kid, I can’t believe that you picked up the game so quickly, no easy task. Getting into b school is no easy task either but your GRE looks solid, INSEAD could be a great fit for you. With just 3 years of work experience, you may be a tad green for many business schools but you will be in the range. Your international exposure coupled with your banking and entrepreneurial experience should make for a good story. Additionally, I like your volunteer …

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