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Candidate:

Mr. Blip

About Me:

Hello everyone, as the name suggests, my blip is my low undergrad GPA. Due to a natural disaster that destroyed a lot of our properties, many of our staff had to be let go. I had to work 60+ hours on top of college responsibilities. GPA fell from 3.57 to 2.86 and never recovered after. Took Courses (community college and HBS CORe) with High Honors Distinction. Start-up is the leading unicorn in the ad-tech space.

Details:

Undergrad School: Top Public Ivy in the US

Undergrad Major: Statistics

GPA: 3.0

GMAT: 750

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: CORe Program

School Name: Harvard Business School

Extracurriculars: Volunteer work with at-risk teenagers who either are young drug users or have juvenile records. I was in a similar position at that age, but was lucky to leave that behind. I spend most of my free time mentoring teens at a similar point in their life.

Work History:

Title: Venture Capital Analyst

Industry: Venture Capital

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Lead Product Analyst

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

(1) Promoted twice in 3 years. Currently the lead product analyst for a tool that affects billions and the head product analyst in the country. (2) Startup grew Active users by 214% using 37% less resources in my tenure. (3) Findings and Analyses posted in multiple major news sites. (4) Personally mentored 30+ at-risk teens from similar background.

Post MBA Goal:

Short Term: Leverage my existing technology, VC and business experience to break into the venture capital industry preferably in the UK or MENA region. Long Term: Open my own VC fund in India or the SEA region.

Schools:

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 32%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi, Mr. Blip, Julie-Anne Heafey here from mbaMission. I agree with Susan that the natural disaster story is not clear from your profile, but I assume it is related to the “blip” that occurred (and maybe the need to work 60 hours a week). The good news is that you have garnered some outside academic credentials (nice job on CORe) to show your readiness for an academic environment, and you bring in an awesome GMAT score. I do think the GMAT is less of a factor somewhat at European programs, but they’ll still appreciate your 750. Your work experience sounds compelling and will dovetail nicely with Judge’s access to Silicon Fen. VC tends to be a tough goal that comes out …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Mr. Blip – Thanks for sharing your profile. Susan Cera here from Stratus.

    I presume that the natural disaster of which you speak impacted a family business though this isn’t very clear from what you share. I’m bullish about your prospects at European schools because they are less concerned about GPA and GMAT than US schools which live and die by the rankings which are driven by these numbers. Since Cambridge doesn’t report GPAs on a 4.0 scale, you can effectively use the optional essay to explain what you have done to show you are prepared for the rigor of their program and explain (but don’t try to excuse) your softer undergrad performance.

    Your work experience is solid and I am impressed by you personally overcoming some …

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