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Mr. Unicorn Strategy

About Me:

I am a 25-year-old dual-citizen (US & UK) with an Economics undergrad and ~3 years of working experience in Tech. Out of school, I worked for two years as a Capital Markets Analyst at a top fortune 100 tech company (Amazon/Google/MSFT). I currently work as a Program Manager on the Growth Strategy team at a fast-growing Unicorn.


Undergrad School: Top 50 Private (US)

Undergrad Major: Economics

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 740 (estimated)

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Tech consultant for local small businesses (evenings and weekends), active in local music industry, voter registration volunteer

Work History:

Title: Program Manager, Strategy

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Title: Capital Markets Analyst

Industry: Technology

Company: Fortune 100 Top 10

Length of Employment: 2 yrs

Big Life Wins:

1) Out of college, I took on a role as Foreign Exchange/Fixed Income trader to support $5B+ portfolio. 2) Took 4 months between roles to build out my own business, providing automated workflow solutions to small businesses. 3) Current role at tech unicorn, one of two PMs leading company-wide expansion efforts.

Post MBA Goal:

My current post-MBA goal is to enter the VC ecosystem. I am also excited to pursue MBB consulting, so I may prioritize consulting for several years, post-MBA, then move over to VC.


Target School: MIT Sloan

Status: Open

Considering: Stanford GSB, Wharton, Kellogg, Harvard, London Business School


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 48%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 40%

    If you can get that 740, you would be in very good shape for MIT Sloan on the basis of your work background which is quite strong. Plus, you ring the bell on your undergraduate education with a 3.7 at a top 50 university. The focus of your attention now should be on the GMAT and insuring you can get a 740. Remember that MIT Sloan is a highly selective MBA program with a fairly low accept rate of about 11.5%. That is even a tad lower than Harvard Business School’s 12%. With nearly 89% of the candidates from a self-selecting applicant pool being rejected, you can never be sure so it is critical you get that 740.

    2 years ago
  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 40%

    Hi, Unicorn Strategy person. You have a lot going for you and the experts and community both love you. You have a great shot at schools on your list provided you get a good GMAT score as others have mentioned. That said, Tech has now started to send a lot of folks to B schools and while prior experience at any of the FANG’s kind of companies is well respected, the field is competitive. To stand out, you will do well to execute well on the details. What is meant by that is that ensure your recommenders really back you, your extra curricular activities support the profile you want to present to adcom and you show that elusive “fit” with every school on your list. …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 70%

    Hi, Julie-Anne Heafey here with mbaMission. Hmmm you have a very interesting background. Your work experience sounds strong – I especially like that you are one of only 2 PMs working to build out the strategy of the unicorn where you are…that suggests an opportunity to really make a mark on the business. Your “big life wins” make me even more curious…especially the 4 month gap between your 2 described roles and the side business you built in between….I think your odds are good for MIT Sloan if you reach your target GMAT (I’m assuming you haven’t taken it yet since you say your score is estimated) and show a strong fit with the ethos of the program throughout the process. …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 40%

    As I saw in my years on the Sloan adcomm, Sloan loves unicorns, especially in tech. If you indeed do score that 740 GMAT you should be in decent shape. Although your years of work experience are a bit low for Sloan, they do look at quality of work done along with time in the workforce. Your eclectic mix of extracurriculars could provide some good stories to make your application pop, especially in the video portion. That 4 months “off” from traditional work could also be additive ; I’d like to learn more about that. No worries if it didn’t turn out as planned. Failure is not always a bad thing long as you picked up some valuable learnings along the …

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  • 45% | 2 years ago

    Hello Unicorn, Lisa Cummings here. Let's hope you get that 740 GMAT, that would position you well for Sloan and other top schools. However, you are a little light on work experience BUT schools do look at quality of work as well as years in so you will want to be specific and show the schools exactly what you have been doing. A 4 month gap to do your own startup is not necessary a bad thing, and can work in your favor in many ways, especially at entrepreneurial Sloan, be sure to be specific on your role. Ditto for working now at a startup, they will need to know a lot more about that in order to give it weight. Your ...
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