Mr. Techie Changemaker
I am a gay, first-generation college student, an immigrant, and now U.S. citizen.
I went to a state school because I had to pay for college on my own. I am working full-time in Y1 and Y2, ending Y2 with a 1.9 GPA. However, in Y3 and Y4, I started to turn it around, ending those semesters with 3.8+ GPAs, although I am still working part-time.
I am hoping to leverage my MBA to round out my engineering degree and fully shift from program management to product management/marketing and begin to build a network essential for an aspiring VC.
Undergrad School: Top SUNY state school
Undergrad Major: Engineering
Age: 25, Ethnicity: Asian or Indian
Extracurriculars: Pianist, often playing in local theatre company productions., In my final year of my Bachelor's, I helped a postdoc push his novel startup through an NSF entrepreneurship program., During COVID, I started a youtube channel that is rapidly picking up steam (10k-100k subs). It focuses on building a community around being a person of color in the gay community.
Title: Business Development -> Program Manager
Company: Top Firm
Length of Employment: 2 yrs
Title: ERP Consultant
Company: Boutique Firm
Length of Employment: 1 yr
Big Life Wins:
Restructured our firm’s strategy in regards to working with startups, creating and leading new programs for entrepreneurs, as well as closing 2/5 “reach” accounts and doubling accounts overall.
Led firm to support and march in pride parade for the first time, overcoming an outdated company policy that would have prevented our participation.
Post MBA Goal:
Long term interests in venture capital, short-term interests in product management (or marketing) for tech to grow experiences before seeking a leading role at an early-stage startup.