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Mr. Robotics

About Me:

1 year working as cofounder on a robotics startup with computer vision, top 10% applicant to YCombinator and finalist for another big name accelerator, lost funding and had to earn an income: 2 years working at fast-growing (100->200 employees) self-driving vehicle startup in industrial/material handling sector, 2 promotions in 14 months.


Undergrad School: Carnegie Mellon University

Undergrad Major: B.S. Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 2.9

GMAT: 730

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Hispanic or Latino

Extracurriculars: JDRF Emerging Leaders Committee Member, Robotics Club (University) - Member

Work History:

Title: Implementation Engineer

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Title: Cofounder (CTO)

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 2 mos

Big Life Wins:

Overcame diagnosis of type 1 diabetes freshmen year, ended the last 3 semesters averaging 3.5GPA. Fastest promoted in work, head/founder of the cross-department committee, manage $MM projects working with Fortune 100 customers and managing teams of 2-6 engineers/specialists. Won 2 named scholarships including II-VI scholarship.

Post MBA Goal:

Become a core member of an early-stage startup, and building towards eventually founding my own robotics company.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: MIT Sloan, Harvard


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 22%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 20%

    That 2.9 GPA jumps out at you like a very big sore thumb. But your entreprenerial accomplishments speak loudly. The big question: Loudly enough to overcome the GPA. I think so, primarily because you have a legitimate explanation for it and because you ended your undergraduate years stronger from a world class university in a difficult STEM major. I would be very surprised if you don’t get an interview at the GSB. Getting in is another matter because as you no doubt know the school turns down 94% of its applicants from a self-selecting pool of truly exceptional people. I am rooting for you, though.

    6 months ago
  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi Mr. Robotics,
    This is Debbie Choy, GSB alum and Senior Consultant at mbaMission weighing in on your profile. I’m impressed by your entrepreneurial drive and success with YCombinator and other accelerators. Pivoting to work at another startup is normal in this journey, and shows your willingness to adapt and learn from others. Business schools, especially Stanford, are looking for applicants who have these qualities. That you have done well at work managing teams and projects (and getting promoted) also show your collaboration and leadership skills – very important for a school like the GSB. On the personal side, I imagine your challenge with Type 1 Diabetes freshman year might have impacted your GPA? The overall low GPA is a concern, and it’s important for AdCom …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 25%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson at Stratus Admissions. You have excellent startup experience, both as a founder and at an early-stage company. Your learnings from the startup you founded will be a vital way to show how you grew from an experience where you took a risk. Also being promoted at your current company twice is a huge plus. You’re from an under-represented group so that will be a point in your favor as well. Your GMAT is great and your undergrad major was a hard one at a challenging school. The GPA is clearly lower due to your health issues that year, so just mention that in an optional essay saying that the last 3 years were 3.5 and I don’t think that will weigh …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 10%

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  • 10% | 8 months ago

    Not crazy about that GPA and at Stanford at least your GMAT score doesn't really make up for it. Add Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School to your mix.

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