Mr. Disgruntled Academic

About Me:

I am a PhD candidate in Political Economy at the University of Michigan. Plan on dropping out with an MA, as a recent internship at a VC convinced me that the investment world is where I belong. Earned an MA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, helped raise a seed round for a retail tech startup, and managed a network of angel investors.


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Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: University of Toronto

Undergrad Major: Political Science

GPA: 3.6

GMAT: 720

Age: 29,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: MA in International Relations (2017); MA in Political Economy and Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2022)

School Name: University of Toronto (2017); University of Michigan (2022)

Extracurriculars: President of University of Toronto Debating Club | Chair of University of Michigan Central Student Government

Work History:

Title: Venture Capital Intern

Industry: Venture Capital

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 10 mos

Title: Manager of Business Development & Operations

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 1 mos

Big Life Wins:

– Worked 40 hours/week as an undergrad and grad at the University of Toronto (and graduated summa cum laude).
– Youngest Tech Industry Representative at the Canadian Federal Government’s Trade Mission to India (24 years of age).
– Led team that raised a successful Seed Round for a Canadian tech startup.
– First Non-MBA to intern at a well-known Midwestern VC Firm.

Post MBA Goal:

I hope to serve as an Investment Banking Associate at a top firm after earning my MBA. After spending a few years in IB, I would like to take my newfound expertise to PE or a hedge fund.


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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 35%

    A disgruntled academic, huh? Well, join the club. I suspect there are quite a few of you out there. Congrats on securing that VC internship. That’s a very good start to help you get into a highly selective business school. Schools will worry that you are something of a lifetime student since you have not only a BA and an MBA but also worked toward a PhD before dropping out. You need to convince them that you now are certain and serious about your career goals and why you had a change of heart. Otherwise, they will think you are a bit aimless and searching. That would make your application dead on arrival. Your 730 GMAT is solid, though it could be on the low …

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