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Mr. Investment Banker Turned Startup Strategy

About Me:

I come from a versatile background, having been brought up in 10 cities across India. I am an Indian engineer who did an MBA (surprise!) from a Top-10 Indian B-school and worked at the best I-Bank for 2 years. I switched into startup strategy roles and I am currently in a P&L role (total work ex. 5 years). I am looking at a 2nd MBA from a Top 10 or INSEAD.


Undergrad School: Vellore Institute of Technology

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 740

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: MBA

School Name: Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

Extracurriculars: Running Marathons, Hiking/Trekking and, Playing Basketball in amateur and semi-pro leagues.

Work History:

Title: IB Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Business Development

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Big Life Wins:

– Won an online poker tournament
– Rolled out a business pivot that grew the business by 6x in a span of 3 months
– Resettled 5 runaway and rescued kids (6-8 years) either to foster homes or reuniting with parents
– Ran the European desk for 2bn+ USD debt raise

Post MBA Goal:

– Combine by Banking+Startup experience and transition into a VC/PE role and work outside India medium term in “developed” markets
– Gain an opportunity to serve from a global school and learning from diverse outlooks
– First MBA was without work-ex and too theoretical, I want to gain a more practical learning experience with work-ex


Target School: Columbia

Status: Open

Considering: Cornell Johnson


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Mr. Investment Banker Turned Start-Up Strategy – Thanks for posting your profile. Susan here from Stratus.

    I’m not super bullish on your odds for CBS. You might consider retaking the GMAT to get a ‘wow!’ score. While I commend your work with runaway children, it doesn’t feel like a true commitment and doesn’t connect to your goals in any way.

    I do like Cornell for you – especially the 1 year MBA program (since you already have an MBA). Cornell’s IB immersion will set you up for success.

    1 month ago

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