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Mr. F500 Tech PM

About Me:

High achiever before college (4.0 and student president for 2 years), after going into college, I got involved with a startup that I founded. As the startup grew (10 employees), it took precedence over my studies, and as a result, my grades tanked. Now work at a Fortune 500 and manage a team of 12 to expand our company into new markets.


Undergrad School: #1 School in Canada

Undergrad Major: Computer Engineering

GPA: 2.1

GMAT: 760

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: VP of Engineering Student Union, Office president of largest LGBT group at work, Organizer of weekly homeless meal program

Work History:

Title: Product Manager

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

I pitched a new product to the CEO of the company and was able to build a team at work to develop the product that would expand the company into a new market. Ended up being a massive success with being featured on the home page of the site and achieving >10% month over month growth. On track to be a significant revenue driver for the company.

Post MBA Goal:

Move back into the startup world and go towards VC.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 5%

  • Gatehouse Admissions | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Mr. F500 Tech PM – Liza here, from Gatehouse Admissions. Gosh, targeting the GSB with a 2.1! This is all but impossible (the school expects to see a consistently strong academic record, and launching your own business is not a viable excuse) – and yet… getting them to notice you will all depend on the successes you’ve brought to bear so far in your career. What happened with the startup? What product did you recommend to your company? It sounds it may have potential, but I’d need to know a lot more first. I do like the leadership I see listed here, as well as the involvement in your community. Nevertheless, the real questions will come down to: a) do you …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi, and thanks for writing! You’ve had an intriguing professional path for sure. Overall, since you’ve had only two years of full-time work experience, I’d hold off on applying for at least another year in order to increase your career progression and build relationships with your recommenders – the average number of years of work experience for GSB and other top schools is closer to 4-5 years. Your GMAT score is fantastic, but your very low GPA will still be a concern – you’ll want to address it in the optional essay in a way that shows ownership and responsibility (and, you’ll want to note that in retrospect, you would have prioritized academics). I also recommend taking a supplemental course in a quantitative …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Meridith from Stratus Admissions here. You have some inconsistencies in your story. Although your GMAT is high, your GPA is very, very low. Not sure that founding a company provides an adequate excuse. That story will need to be explained. You also have very little work experience. On average GSB recommends 4-5 years.

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 3%

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    Stanford has never accepted someone with a 2.1 GPA as far as I know. They rarely, rarely, rarely accept someone with a 3.2, and you're more than an entire point below that. The only way you get into Stanford is if that company you founded was actually Snowflake.
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    Even a 760 GMAT isn't going to offset a 2.1 GPA at Stanford.
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