Mr. Strings & Summits

About Me:

Currently own and operate an enterprise software company with 5 employees and customers in 7 countries (serving large banking, insurance, government, and retail). Recently hired a colleague from Turkey. Previously co-founded a bioplastics company, and quickly burned through seed funding before taking a lesson in humility. Degrees in music as well.


Target School: INSEAD

Considering: Stanford GSB, Harvard

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Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: Virginia Tech

Undergrad Major: Bioengineering

GPA: 3.9

GMAT: 700

Age: 31,  Ethnicity: White

Other Degree/Certification: MS Bioengineering, MA Music

School Name: Virginia Tech, Radford University

Extracurriculars: Investment Club co-founder and board member, deployed over $600k capital on small business micro-investments, Music: played guitar in a jazz duet for 2009 US Congressional Ball; composed music for NASA Research Center centennial celebration, Athletic: summits of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Rainier; 3rd place in Olympic-distance Triathlon; Wilderness First Responder medical certification

Work History:

Title: President & Product Manager

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 4 yrs, 3 mos

Title: Co-founder & Entrepreneurial Lead

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

I took over a company from a single owner-operator that had just passed away. The company’s operating area was far from any previous experience or study, and customers are large enterprises. A huge win was the first customer I signed. It was a feeling of validation in the business and myself, particularly after shutting down a company soon before.

Post MBA Goal:

Ideal position: leading an industrial biotech company from local to global, using my expertise to navigate regional cultures and business strategies. Second best would be finding a niche unit at a major consultancy or boutique consultancy that could leverage by technical background in biology/chemistry.


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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson at Stratus Admissions. You seem to be the definition of a poet and a quant! I love all the bio/chem experience you’ve had plus the guitar playing and music composition is super interesting, not to mention the climbing. You’re an entrepreneur at a young age and have had great experience already at both your current role and the tech startup. Your GPA is great but the GMAT is a bit soft. I don’t think it’s a red-flag GMAT (one that would keep you out) but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to try to get a higher score. Your work experience and extracurriculars coupled with a very strong Why MBA/Why Now will serve you well. Since you’ve already received a master’s or two, …

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