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Ms. Startup Poet

About Me:

I’m a bestselling author I started my career in the nonprofit sector and led substantial investment into India. Shifted gears to VC, apprenticed at one of the best Indian firms. Spent a year in China understanding the big Asian story. Currently building out a SaaS startup in India-US as first senior hire.


Undergrad School: University of Delhi

Undergrad Major: History

GPA: 3.2

GRE: 330

Age: 25,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Masters in Public Policy, Masters in Management

School Name: St. Xavier’s, Mumbai, prestigious scholarship in China

Extracurriculars: Writing (3 books, all bestsellers)

Work History:

Title: Sanitation analyst

Industry: Nonprofit / B-Corp

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 2 yrs, 1 mos

Title: Senior employee

Industry: Technology

Company: Start-Up

Length of Employment: , 2 mos

Big Life Wins:

– Wrote 2 bestselling books juggling two full-time degrees – Drove 10m+ funding

Post MBA Goal:

Looking to spend some time at a FAANG company before pivoting back to VCing- specifically looking to find underrepresented founders targeting mid-markets in the global south. Specifically interested in the intersection of funding, gender, and tech.


Target School: Stanford GSB

Status: Open

Considering: Harvard


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  • MBA Prep School | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Ms. Startup Poet, Kristen from MBA Prep School here. As a former MIT Sloan adcom, I’m afraid I have to agree to John here that you should expand your target school list beyond HBS and GSB. Obtaining admission to a top MBA program is both about standing out and fitting in. You definitely stand out with your successful career as an author (writing a book has always been a personal dream of my own), pivoting into VC without a finance background, and now helping build out a startup. However, I worry about your ability to “fit in” in terms of showcasing the same level of career and academic achievement. This is especially a challenge as an applicant from an oversaturated group within the MBA …

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  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Three bestsellers to your name? I bow in awe. I have had only two on the New York Times list in my life. Being a successful author who has worked in venture capital, spent a fair amount of time in China and now works for a startup will definitely make you stand out in the Stanford pool. From the looks of this, it appears that you already have three degrees. That could be one too many for Stanford because people may get the wrong impression and think you are something of a professional student. Your below class average undergraduate GPA in history could be a problem as well. You hit the class average for your GRE score (well done!) but Indians often apply with above-average …

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