Mr. Unicorn To F500

About Me:

I am a former banker (Leveraged Finance & Private Credit) who now works in the Corp Dev & Strategy team of a Pre IPO Unicorn Tech start-up. As my current start-up is a service provider to large F500 companies, I have seen firsthand that F500s have the largest competitive moats and will drive future innovation. The goal is to end up in F500 Corp Dev / Strat.


Target School: Ross

Considering: Tuck, Harvard, Stanford GSB, Kellogg SOM

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Application Status: Open


Undergrad School: University of South Carolina

Undergrad Major: Finance

GPA: 3.9

GMAT: 730

Age: 28,  Ethnicity: White

Extracurriculars: Georgia Aquarium Volunteer | High Risk Youth Math Tutor | Undergrad Finance Young Alumni Counsel

Work History:

Title: Corporate Strategy Mgr.

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Title: Private Credit Associate

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Big Life Wins:

Biggest life win is qualifying for the Boston Marathon. I reduced my marathon time from 4 hours + to sub 3 hours within the span of 2 years.

Post MBA Goal:

Post MBA, I want to pivot into F500 FLDP with the long term goal of being the CFO of a middle market backed PE company.


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The Experts Rate The Odds At: 55%

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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 50%

    With a 730 GMAT and a 3.9 GPA in finance from a public university, I would think you are in pretty good shape for an admit from Michigan Ross, particularly because of your work experience at a top banking firm and then at a pre-IPO startup. Your accomplishment of doing the Boston Marathon and reducing your time to complete the race by that large a margin is also super impressive. And let me just say that with schools experiencing a decline of domestic applicants, particularly white males, you are in a very good place to also get into some of your other options.

    2 years ago
  • Admissionado | Odds Assessment: 60%

    Congratulations on qualifying for the boston marathon!

    Lots of strengths to your profile! Here’s what I see that glows:

    Strong stats in terms of undergraduate GPA (3.9) and in applicable & rigorous major (finance), GMAT in line with average (perhaps slightly higher than actual mean, but likely average or below average for your caucaisan-male-in-tech demographic).

    Your proposed strategic positioning of moving from a corp strategy role at a unicorn to a F500 company in a Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP) is imminently reasonable and draws on your pre-existing strengths and demonstrated interests (e.g. finance undergraduate major, corp strategy work within a growing company). Your relative lack of work experience (2 years) versus the M7 average (4-5 years) will be less penalized by FLDP programs relative to other recruiters, …

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