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Mr. Startup Musician

About Me:

Indian applicant with a non-traditional profile. Founding member of a venture-backed FinTech start-up based in New York City. Previous stints in a boutique IB and a major record label. Active musician, startup advisor, investor, and travel enthusiast. International outlook and work experience through frequent travels to UK, Singapore, and India.


Undergrad School: Top 10 Liberal Arts University in India

Undergrad Major: Commerce

GPA: First Class

GRE: Applying Without a Score

Age: 30,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Master of Arts

School Name: NYU

Extracurriculars: Professional musician (released my first label-backed album at 13), travel enthusiast (visited 25+ countries so far), portrait photographer, speak 4 languages.

Work History:

Title: Head of BD

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 5 yrs

Big Life Wins:

Professional musician with 4 records and a Bollywood movie released. Worked with Academy and Grammy Award-winning artists and received consistent press coverage from leading global media sources.

Post MBA Goal:

Looking to stay in my current industry (Fintech) but move into a slightly different role encompassing biz dev and product development.


Target School: Columbia

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 38%

  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi Startup Musician, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. An apt moniker for you should be the platform we all are on; you the real “Poet and Quant”. Lots to like in your profile. I especially like how you have two parallel careers moving forward simultaneously. A stint in music (including with a record label) and Bollywood movie soundtrack to your name – can be an independent bona fide profile for Columbia on its own terms and so could a career in Fin Services starting with a more traditional IB role and then graduating to a role in Fin Tech. So Columbia effectively is now getting two applicant profiles in one ! Quite impressive. Therefore I rate your chances high and …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hello Mr. Startup Musician!
    Krista Nannery from mbaMission here. Thanks for posting.
    You, my friend, are a bit of a unicorn. Seems like you totally have that right brain/left brain thing going on, which I love!
    It is always hard to do these reviews without a GMAT/GRE score but if you can get yourself to the 740+ level once testing resumes, you should be in good shape for CBS. Just bear in mind that you are a little older than the average applicant, which may hold you back a bit. As such, I’d love to see you expand your school selection. Booth might be a great choice for FinTech and has a more generous admit rate than CBS.
    I recommend that you circle back once you have a …

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