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Mr. Startup

About Me:

First-gen Engineer from a top undergraduate school. GPA is low at 3.35/4 with 2 Cs and 1 D (GASP), all in engineering classes. Worked 1-2 jobs at a time throughout college. 2 season varsity athlete all 4 years. First engineer at a startup funded by a well-known entrepreneur who will be writing one of my recs.


Undergrad School: MIT/Caltech/Stanford

Undergrad Major: Engineering

GPA: 3.35

GRE: 327

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Varsity Athlete (Fairly Sucessful), Alumni Interviewer and Student Resource (Current), Several side jobs: RA, Grader, LA, Research, etc.

Work History:

Title: Startup, 1st Engineer/Employee

Industry: Engineering

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 3 yrs, 7 mos

Big Life Wins:

Have taken a fundamental idea in a very difficult field, patented it, and turned it into a product that we’ve made money off of! Company has scaled from 2 when I started to >30 people.

Post MBA Goal:

Want to specifically join a telecommunications startup as a technical lead/decision-maker. I want to decide what technology we develop and why. Long term goal is my own startup in the telecommunications space to help make the internet as easily available as possible.


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 15%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 15%

    I admire your honesty. Your D grade in one course has me gasping as well. But it was an engineering class and we know those are not easy. And you did earn your degree at a world class university in the field. Your solid GRE score may help to offset that below-average transcript for HBS but then you work for a startup with just 30 employees. It helps that it was bankrolled by a “well-known entrepreneur” who will write one of your recs. Being a varsity athlete and a fairly successful one at that is a big and positive deal in your profile. Don’t underplay it. You have a shot at HBS but not the kind of shot that should allow you to apply …

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