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Mr. Young Intrapreneur

About Me:

An intrapreneur currently involved in launching a new group within a large organization. Previous experience has primarily been in Investment Banking in New York and Singapore. Highly driven, motivated and a family loving person. Low GMAT even though my work, my studies and my life has primarily been very quant heavy.


Undergrad School: New York University

Undergrad Major: Econometrics

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 660

Age: 24,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Extracurriculars: Head of recruitment at a Professionals Board - NYC Based not-for-profit (~2 years), Tea Taster, Active mentorship, resume advice, career counseling to 4-5 NYU students every semester

Work History:

Title: Co-founder (New division)

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 7 mos

Big Life Wins:

Youngest member to co-found a new group (exposure across Risk, Strategy, Finance, Development etc.).

Post MBA Goal:

VC and then eventually move back to Asia to launch my own fund.


Target School: Columbia

Status: Open

Considering: London Business School, NYU Stern, Duke Fuqua, Said Business School


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 10%

    I like you but your first choice school is known to overindex GMAT scores so as an Asian or Indian with a 660 GMAT, you are at a severe disadvantage at Columbia Business School. To give you a snow ball’s chance in hell, you would have to do one of two things: 1) Keep retaking the GMAT to get into the 700s, or 2) Cross your fingers and apply for entry in the January cohort where the admit rate at CBS is substantially higher than it is for the more common fall cohort. Here’s our analysis on the difference: Last year, CBS admitted 233 of the 528 applicants who applied under that January option for an acceptance rate of 44.1% (compared to 41.3% the year …

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  • Sandy Kreisberg, The HBS Guru Odds Assessment: 25%

    just asking? Are you currently starting a new unit of an established company, or are you leaving an established company to start a new business. You call yourself an “intrapeneur” and say “An intrapreneur currently involved in launching a new group within a large organization” –that is OK, which large organization? You say “Previous experience has primarily been in Investment Banking in New York and Singapore.” Does that mean you are starting a new office within those banks? If not, what does it mean? REAL IMPORTANT
    Agree with all others that GMAT is low and retake could get you near 700, and probably keep taking til that happens.

    2 years ago
  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Mr. Intrapeneur: Emily here, Master Consultant at The MBA Exchange and former Associate Director of Admissions at CBS. You’ve certainly had success in undergrad and in your professional life to date, and I doubt any MBA program will have serious concerns about your ability to handle the rigor of their programs. The problem is, you’re up against competition that has it all—including high GMAT scores so you’re right in assuming the 660 will be a real issue in the admissions process at CBS and really any of the very top schools. I’d certainly recommend taking the test multiple times with as much prep as you can manage and then maybe even trying the GRE. You may move the dial 20-30 …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi, Mr. Young Intrapreneur, thanks for writing in. I’m Julie-Anne Heafey from mbaMission. I like your GPA and your mentoring (and fun tea tasting hobby), but you honestly don’t seem all that ready to apply yet. Why go to business school now? Personally, I think you’d be better off waiting a bit longer and gaining some more experience. Has your initiative actually launched yet or is it still in planning mode? One of the strongest things you’ve got going for you might be this venture if it succeeds, but it sounds like it’s still getting off the ground. My view is that you’ll need to have some results and impact to show for your work, and I’m not …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Mr. Young Intrapreneur – this is Melisa from Stratus Admissions. Unfortunately I am going to give you some ‘tough love’. While it sounds like you’ve had some great professional and extracurricular experience, you are going to have a very hard time overcoming your 660 GMAT – especially since you are a part of a competitive demographic whose GMAT scores tend to be 20+ points higher than the average. While your GPA in quant classes will help you show schools that you can handle the academic rigor, most of your target schools saw an increase in their average GMAT scores, even as applications were declining. I would suggest taking the GMAT again – or even considering the GRE. This said, I did work with a …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 8%

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  • 5% | 2 years ago

    Go to NYU's part-time program. That's one way to get into a good MBA program with a 660.
  • 5% | 2 years ago

    Columbia will never take a candidate with that low a GPA.

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