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As some celebrate the end of the grueling admission process (short,compbanker etc) others are just beginning (class of 2016)

I will be applying to the usual suspects this fall, came across this post and thought to myself "the new formula for getting into HBS" goes something like this; found a start up (no matter how boring) + found/be highly active in an NGO = $$$$

What are your thoughts on this new trendfrom blue chip/BB+PE experience to start up and NGO experience.

**Management consultants still seem to get some love.


Harvard Business School is one of the most exclusive institutions in the world: Only 13% of applicants were admitted last year, and it is US News' top-ranked business school.
An MBA from Harvard is the path to the corner office and a six-figure salary right out of school, and also a place where entrepreneurs are born. Famous alumni include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and NYC Mayor and Bloomberg LP founder Michael Bloomberg.
We found the most impressive students currently getting their MBAs -- many of whom aren't waiting to graduate to get their businesses going. One went to Princeton at 16 before joining Microsoft as an engineer. Another sold his successful startup for more than $100 million and published a book before enrolling.
People we've spoken to at Harvard agree that these students are among the school's finest. And they're just getting started.

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-impressive-har...

Comments (152)

  • Tommy Too-toned's picture

    He looks like a big tool, but let's be honest, he must be in slayer mode. Must be nice to show up to school with $100 mil witcha

  • Jeff995's picture

    i was ***THIS*** close to feeling good about myself today

  • FeelingMean's picture

    "...b b but but what are their GMAT scores!?!"

    Royal Thai Air girl seems cute

    "That dude is so haole, he don't even have any breath left."

  • atomic's picture

    I have no idea why the majority of these people would event want to go to business school. Seems like a massive waste of potential to me.

    This is a perfect example of what Nassim Taleb described as (I'm paraphrasing), "HBS accepting birds and then taking credit for their ability to fly."

  • SonnyZH's picture

    The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

    The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

  • DBCooper's picture

    First few people were really impressive, but I feel like there is A LOT of application fluff going on for some of them. Also, how do you go from Arizona State to BB IBD?

    Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

  • Ipso facto's picture

    When I see posts like this, I anticipate one of two things will ensue:

    1. A lot of hating
    2. A lot of jacking off / mental masturbation

    Surprisingly, none of these things have happened yet.

  • CaR's picture

    Half of them went to Harvard undergrad too. Snore

  • DCDepository's picture

    Really? These are some pretty mediocre resumes. It looks like HBS is taking on every failed entrepreneur they can find who has a high GPA and GMAT score. That's not to say that these students are failures or will be failures in their futures, but there's nothing that impressive here with regard to career. Most of the business ideas are mediocre-to-bad ideas that have clearly not produced much return. And then there's the fluff: "Manages a $1.2 million endowment"? Wow...you mean he manages an Asian family's two 7-11s?

  • Beny23's picture

    They all seem to start a new company right out of HBS.

  • mbavsmfin's picture

    Not gonna hate on HBS; I got dinged there. But seriously, very few of these profiles are genuinely impressive.

    BusinessInsider is turning into business porn. These types of articles are really retarded.

  • In reply to SonnyZH
    Dirk Dirkenson's picture

    SonnyZH:

    The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

    Brady, get a therapist.

    Amazing how many of these folks want to do pickenneny consumer tech startups.

  • krauser's picture

    My website is about to go online. HBS here I come.....

  • idragmazda's picture

    Looks like I better launch a start-up

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  • krauser's picture

    OK, seriously? THESE are the people at HBS? A few of them are pretty good, but the others basically got in because great undergrad + failed entrepreneur + fluff NGO work = HBS these days.

    Maybe HBS is better off taking Asian kids with mind blowing stats. At least nobody can fluff a 780 GMAT and a 4.0 GPA.

  • In reply to Dirk Dirkenson
    Louboutins and Leverage's picture

    Dirk Dirkenson:

    SonnyZH:

    The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

    Brady, get a therapist.

    Amazing how many of these folks want to do pickenneny consumer tech startups.


    pickenneny?

    xoxo

    Dirk Dirkenson:
    Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.

  • In reply to krauser
    Amphipathic's picture

    krauser:

    OK, seriously? THESE are the people at HBS? A few of them are pretty good, but the others basically got in because great undergrad + failed entrepreneur + fluff NGO work = HBS these days.

    Maybe HBS is better off taking Asian kids with mind blowing stats. At least nobody can fluff a 780 GMAT and a 4.0 GPA.

    Amen

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    makes me think about what I'm doing with my life

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  • In reply to Amphipathic
    Louboutins and Leverage's picture

    Amphipathic:

    krauser:

    OK, seriously? THESE are the people at HBS? A few of them are pretty good, but the others basically got in because great undergrad + failed entrepreneur + fluff NGO work = HBS these days.

    Maybe HBS is better off taking Asian kids with mind blowing stats. At least nobody can fluff a 780 GMAT and a 4.0 GPA.

    Amen


    With all due respect... What the fuck are you talking about?

    Built the company from its start in 2003 to over $50 million in annual sales, 300 employees, and one million users before selling the firm to Washington D.C.-based Vocus for $169 million.

    ...landed both women a spot in Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - Next Generation Entrepreneurs 2011

    ...started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers...

    physician in the Royal Thai Air Force

    double amputee veteran working in the DoD

    graduated from Harvard at 20...

    valdedictorian of three separate classes in three unique disciplines...

    top-rated analyst at Morgan Stanley to respected PE firm

    Bain Consultant to Bain Capital and author of a book acclaimed by the CEO of Netflix, former McKinsey & Goldman Partners to founding a successful start up

    IB at Citi to working for a huge internationally known VC firm with $4.5Bn AUM

    Goldman TMT to Bain Capital to launching two separate start ups (both of which were funded) and then a summer split between a tech start up and a long/short equity fund

    In addition to the other ex-McKinsey / ex-bankers who founded start ups...

    You're right... these guys are total morons... Where are you getting the impression that all these were failed start ups... Almost all of them were either funded, sold, or are still operating...

    xoxo

    Dirk Dirkenson:
    Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.

  • In reply to mbavsmfin
    Scott Irish's picture

    mbavsmfin:

    Not gonna hate on HBS; I got dinged there. But seriously, very few of these profiles are genuinely impressive.

    BusinessInsider is turning into business porn. These types of articles are really retarded.


    I only read BI when I want to know what Marissa Mayer had for lunch yesterday.

  • In reply to Louboutins and Leverage
    DCDepository's picture

    Louboutins and Leverage:

    Amphipathic:
    krauser:

    OK, seriously? THESE are the people at HBS? A few of them are pretty good, but the others basically got in because great undergrad + failed entrepreneur + fluff NGO work = HBS these days.

    Maybe HBS is better off taking Asian kids with mind blowing stats. At least nobody can fluff a 780 GMAT and a 4.0 GPA.

    Amen

    With all due respect... What the fuck are you talking about?

    Built the company from its start in 2003 to over $50 million in annual sales, 300 employees, and one million users before selling the firm to Washington D.C.-based Vocus for $169 million.

    ...landed both women a spot in Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - Next Generation Entrepreneurs 2011

    ...started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers...

    physician in the Royal Thai Air Force

    double amputee veteran working in the DoD

    graduated from Harvard at 20...

    valdedictorian of three separate classes in three unique disciplines...

    top-rated analyst at Morgan Stanley to respected PE firm

    Bain Consultant to Bain Capital and author of a book acclaimed by the CEO of Netflix, former McKinsey & Goldman Partners to founding a successful start up

    IB at Citi to working for a huge internationally known VC firm with $4.5Bn AUM

    Goldman TMT to Bain Capital to launching two separate start ups (both of which were funded) and then a summer split between a tech start up and a long/short equity fund

    In addition to the other ex-McKinsey / ex-bankers who founded start ups...

    You're right... these guys are total morons... Where are you getting the impression that all these were failed start ups... Almost all of them were either funded, sold, or are still operating...

    xoxo

    "Almost all of them were either funded, sold or are still operating." There are millions of "still operating" businesses in the U.S. Only a handful of those resumes had legit successful businesses. As an entrepreneur myself, the last thing I would be doing if my company were a smashing success is taking 2 years off to go to business school with a bunch of 20-somethings.

    BTW, Royal Thai Air Force? That's like saying your were in the Iranian Navy. That's nothing special.

  • In reply to Louboutins and Leverage
    Amphipathic's picture

    Louboutins and Leverage:

    Amphipathic:
    krauser:

    OK, seriously? THESE are the people at HBS? A few of them are pretty good, but the others basically got in because great undergrad + failed entrepreneur + fluff NGO work = HBS these days.

    Maybe HBS is better off taking Asian kids with mind blowing stats. At least nobody can fluff a 780 GMAT and a 4.0 GPA.

    Amen

    With all due respect... What the fuck are you talking about?

    Built the company from its start in 2003 to over $50 million in annual sales, 300 employees, and one million users before selling the firm to Washington D.C.-based Vocus for $169 million.

    ...landed both women a spot in Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - Next Generation Entrepreneurs 2011

    ...started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers...

    physician in the Royal Thai Air Force

    double amputee veteran working in the DoD

    graduated from Harvard at 20...

    valdedictorian of three separate classes in three unique disciplines...

    top-rated analyst at Morgan Stanley to respected PE firm

    Bain Consultant to Bain Capital and author of a book acclaimed by the CEO of Netflix, former McKinsey & Goldman Partners to founding a successful start up

    IB at Citi to working for a huge internationally known VC firm with $4.5Bn AUM

    Goldman TMT to Bain Capital to launching two separate start ups (both of which were funded) and then a summer split between a tech start up and a long/short equity fund

    In addition to the other ex-McKinsey / ex-bankers who founded start ups...

    You're right... these guys are total morons... Where are you getting the impression that all these were failed start ups... Almost all of them were either funded, sold, or are still operating...

    xoxo

    Not saying they are morons, but the absurdly flowery language here warrents the 'porn' analogy used above. Let's take the "started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers" profile. This should read, "at the age of 16, joined a lab doing cutting-edge research, where he was likely babysat/the bitch of an overworked grad student/postdoc, and had zero of his research published." To repeat above poster, rather have Asians with insane scores that aren't smoke and mirrors.

  • In reply to DCDepository
    idragmazda's picture

    DCDepository:

    Louboutins and Leverage:
    Amphipathic:
    krauser:

    OK, seriously? THESE are the people at HBS? A few of them are pretty good, but the others basically got in because great undergrad + failed entrepreneur + fluff NGO work = HBS these days.

    Maybe HBS is better off taking Asian kids with mind blowing stats. At least nobody can fluff a 780 GMAT and a 4.0 GPA.

    Amen

    With all due respect... What the fuck are you talking about?

    Built the company from its start in 2003 to over $50 million in annual sales, 300 employees, and one million users before selling the firm to Washington D.C.-based Vocus for $169 million.

    ...landed both women a spot in Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - Next Generation Entrepreneurs 2011

    ...started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers...

    physician in the Royal Thai Air Force

    double amputee veteran working in the DoD

    graduated from Harvard at 20...

    valdedictorian of three separate classes in three unique disciplines...

    top-rated analyst at Morgan Stanley to respected PE firm

    Bain Consultant to Bain Capital and author of a book acclaimed by the CEO of Netflix, former McKinsey & Goldman Partners to founding a successful start up

    IB at Citi to working for a huge internationally known VC firm with $4.5Bn AUM

    Goldman TMT to Bain Capital to launching two separate start ups (both of which were funded) and then a summer split between a tech start up and a long/short equity fund

    In addition to the other ex-McKinsey / ex-bankers who founded start ups...

    You're right... these guys are total morons... Where are you getting the impression that all these were failed start ups... Almost all of them were either funded, sold, or are still operating...

    xoxo

    "Almost all of them were either funded, sold or are still operating." There are millions of "still operating" businesses in the U.S. Only a handful of those resumes had legit successful businesses. As an entrepreneur myself, the last thing I would be doing if my company were a smashing success is taking 2 years off to go to business school with a bunch of 20-somethings.

    BTW, Royal Thai Air Force? That's like saying your were in the Iranian Navy. That's nothing special.

    I sense some haterade. I doubt even 5% of WSOers will achieve the level of achievement that those in the list already have, so stop hating on these people because they havent followed "your path".

    In addition, If I were an entrepreneur, being able to open up a network of HBS grads is probably one of the best things you can do. Think about the access to capital and knowledge the HBS network provides. Your view is very short-sighted.

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  • Amphipathic's picture

    As an aside, I've watched rich families pay thousands of dollars to professors to have their teen "research" in their labs (aka be babysat by annoyed grad students and make some buffers) for the summer, in return for a letter of rec and line on the resume about how they did "cutting-edge research in a state of the art cancer lab".

  • FrankD'anconia's picture

    If I sold a startup for millions of dollars, and getting an MBA even CROSSED my mind, I'd kick my own ass.

  • Louboutins and Leverage's picture

    you guys are fucking idiots... enroll at Princeton at 16 and then you can talk... otherwise shut the fuck up... None of you are anywhere close to as impressive as half the candidates listed so you should just stop...

    xoxo

    Dirk Dirkenson:
    Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.

  • In reply to Amphipathic
    Louboutins and Leverage's picture

    Amphipathic:
    Not saying they are morons, but the absurdly flowery language here warrents the 'porn' analogy used above. Let's take the "started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers" profile. This should read, "at the age of 16, joined a lab doing cutting-edge research, where he was likely babysat/the bitch of an overworked grad student/postdoc, and had zero of his research published." To repeat above poster, rather have Asians with insane scores that aren't smoke and mirrors.

    You can't even spell "warrants" correctly and you're going to talk shit about a kid doing laser research at age 16 who went on to found a start up... I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD IN YOUR HEAD! Seriously... it must be great up there... You have free wifi and shit? I could totally go chill there for a while... would be way nicer than reality...

    xoxo

    Dirk Dirkenson:
    Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.

  • In reply to Amphipathic
    Ipso facto's picture

    Amphipathic:

    Not saying they are morons, but the absurdly flowery language here warrents the 'porn' analogy used above. Let's take the "started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers" profile. This should read, "at the age of 16, joined a lab doing cutting-edge research, where he was likely babysat/the bitch of an overworked grad student/postdoc, and had zero of his research published." To repeat above poster, rather have Asians with insane scores that aren't smoke and mirrors.

    haha, word. going to princeton at 16 is definitely impressive. I'm sure he's brilliant and deserving of HBS. Certainly more than myself and most of the people here. But Amphipathic is probably right about his research experience. At 16, he likely did mindless bitch work in the lab so he could put an impressive sounding one-liner on his resume.

  • In reply to DCDepository
    Louboutins and Leverage's picture

    DCDepository:
    BTW, Royal Thai Air Force? That's like saying your were in the Iranian Navy. That's nothing special.

    Right... being a physician is a cakewalk...

    xoxo

    Dirk Dirkenson:
    Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.

  • In reply to Louboutins and Leverage
    SonnyZH's picture

    Louboutins and Leverage:

    None of you are anywhere close to as impressive as half the candidates listed

    xoxo

    I agree with your previous statements, but this just makes you look stupid. How on earth would you know if of all the previous posters, not a single one is comparable to one of those students. Great, they're at HBS, so what. The Princeton kid, it must've been great to be around older people in college. How do you even measure success? Majority of the 'most successful' entrepreneurs didn't even finish/attend college... Not saying it's the way to go but it's something to think about.

    The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

  • In reply to SonnyZH
    holla_back's picture

    SonnyZH:
    The Princeton kid, it must've been great to be around older people in college.

    Sounds like a great way to completely miss out on all of the social aspects of attending a top-tier school.

  • In reply to idragmazda
    DCDepository's picture

    idragmazda:

    DCDepository:
    Louboutins and Leverage:
    Amphipathic:
    krauser:

    OK, seriously? THESE are the people at HBS? A few of them are pretty good, but the others basically got in because great undergrad + failed entrepreneur + fluff NGO work = HBS these days.

    Maybe HBS is better off taking Asian kids with mind blowing stats. At least nobody can fluff a 780 GMAT and a 4.0 GPA.

    Amen

    With all due respect... What the fuck are you talking about?

    Built the company from its start in 2003 to over $50 million in annual sales, 300 employees, and one million users before selling the firm to Washington D.C.-based Vocus for $169 million.

    ...landed both women a spot in Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women in Business - Next Generation Entrepreneurs 2011

    ...started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers...

    physician in the Royal Thai Air Force

    double amputee veteran working in the DoD

    graduated from Harvard at 20...

    valdedictorian of three separate classes in three unique disciplines...

    top-rated analyst at Morgan Stanley to respected PE firm

    Bain Consultant to Bain Capital and author of a book acclaimed by the CEO of Netflix, former McKinsey & Goldman Partners to founding a successful start up

    IB at Citi to working for a huge internationally known VC firm with $4.5Bn AUM

    Goldman TMT to Bain Capital to launching two separate start ups (both of which were funded) and then a summer split between a tech start up and a long/short equity fund

    In addition to the other ex-McKinsey / ex-bankers who founded start ups...

    You're right... these guys are total morons... Where are you getting the impression that all these were failed start ups... Almost all of them were either funded, sold, or are still operating...

    xoxo

    "Almost all of them were either funded, sold or are still operating." There are millions of "still operating" businesses in the U.S. Only a handful of those resumes had legit successful businesses. As an entrepreneur myself, the last thing I would be doing if my company were a smashing success is taking 2 years off to go to business school with a bunch of 20-somethings.

    BTW, Royal Thai Air Force? That's like saying your were in the Iranian Navy. That's nothing special.

    I sense some haterade. I doubt even 5% of WSOers will achieve the level of achievement that those in the list already have, so stop hating on these people because they havent followed "your path".

    In addition, If I were an entrepreneur, being able to open up a network of HBS grads is probably one of the best things you can do. Think about the access to capital and knowledge the HBS network provides. Your view is very short-sighted.

    This is such a ridiculous post and completely expected at the same time. It's not "haterade" to point out facts. If you don't want to have an adult discussion then don't converse with me. It's that simple.

    When I was 22-years-old I graduated from college. I met a guy and asked him what he was doing. He said, "I'm Vice President of So and So Home Loans." Impressed, I asked him how old he was. "I'm 23". Well, it turns out everyone in the mortgage business in 2007 was called "Vice President". That's what we call "resume fluff". Ya know what? I was also guilty of this, too. I founded a company when I was in college. On my resume I remember writing something like, "Company produced $350,000 in revenue last year." Well, I didn't mention that it also produced $360,000 in expenses and was a pretty mediocre business concept.

    What I see among these resumes is a bunch of highly intelligent people with a lot of mediocre ideas that are no more successful than a 7-11 in Raleigh, NC and probably much less so.

  • In reply to Louboutins and Leverage
    DCDepository's picture

    Louboutins and Leverage:

    DCDepository:

    BTW, Royal Thai Air Force? That's like saying your were in the Iranian Navy. That's nothing special.

    Right... being a physician is a cakewalk...

    xoxo

    Well, see, ya know, most good physicians are, ya know, physicians and not going to business school...

  • In reply to holla_back
    SonnyZH's picture

    holla_back:

    SonnyZH:

    The Princeton kid, it must've been great to be around older people in college.

    Sounds like a great way to completely miss out on all of the social aspects of attending a top-tier school.

    ... that was my point.

    The HBS guys have MAD SWAGGER. They frequently wear their class jackets to boston bars, strutting and acting like they own the joint. They just ooze success, confidence, swagger, basically attributes of alpha males.

  • In reply to SonnyZH
    holla_back's picture

    SonnyZH:

    holla_back:
    SonnyZH:

    The Princeton kid, it must've been great to be around older people in college.

    Sounds like a great way to completely miss out on all of the social aspects of attending a top-tier school.

    ... that was my point.

    Yeah, I was just reinforcing it.

    DCDepository:

    Louboutins and Leverage:
    DCDepository:

    BTW, Royal Thai Air Force? That's like saying your were in the Iranian Navy. That's nothing special.

    Right... being a physician is a cakewalk...

    xoxo

    Well, see, ya know, most good physicians are, ya know, physicians and not going to business school...

    So?

  • In reply to holla_back
    DCDepository's picture

    holla_back:

    SonnyZH:
    holla_back:
    SonnyZH:

    The Princeton kid, it must've been great to be around older people in college.

    Sounds like a great way to completely miss out on all of the social aspects of attending a top-tier school.

    ... that was my point.

    Yeah, I was just reinforcing it.

    DCDepository:
    Louboutins and Leverage:
    DCDepository:

    BTW, Royal Thai Air Force? That's like saying your were in the Iranian Navy. That's nothing special.

    Right... being a physician is a cakewalk...

    xoxo

    Well, see, ya know, most good physicians are, ya know, physicians and not going to business school...

    So?

    So? What kind of a question is that? She was a physician in a subpar air force. The physicians I know who are really talented have their own practices and make a lot of money or they work for, ya know, the U.S. Military...

  • In reply to Ipso facto
    Amphipathic's picture

    Ipso facto:

    Amphipathic:

    Not saying they are morons, but the absurdly flowery language here warrents the 'porn' analogy used above. Let's take the "started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers" profile. This should read, "at the age of 16, joined a lab doing cutting-edge research, where he was likely babysat/the bitch of an overworked grad student/postdoc, and had zero of his research published." To repeat above poster, rather have Asians with insane scores that aren't smoke and mirrors.

    haha, word. going to princeton at 16 is definitely impressive. I'm sure he's brilliant and deserving of HBS. Certainly more than myself and most of the people here. But Amphipathic is probably right about his research experience. At 16, he likely did mindless bitch work in the lab so he could put an impressive sounding one-liner on his resume.

    Absolutely going to Princeton at 16 is very impressive, and there is no need to add a bunch of bs to his profile. It's already awesome.

  • In reply to SonnyZH
    Louboutins and Leverage's picture

    SonnyZH:
    I agree with your previous statements, but this just makes you look stupid. How on earth would you know if of all the previous posters, not a single one is comparable to one of those students. Great, they're at HBS, so what. The Princeton kid, it must've been great to be around older people in college. How do you even measure success? Majority of the 'most successful' entrepreneurs didn't even finish/attend college... Not saying it's the way to go but it's something to think about.

    Pretty sure no one on WSO has sold a start up for $170mm dollars unless I overlooked something. Pretty sure it's highly unlikely that anyone on WSO has been both a physician, served their country in the military and worked as an equity research analyst all by age 26-27. Pretty sure no one on WSO has written a critically acclaimed book that has been lauded by CEOs and Partners at some of the greatest consultancies and investment banks in the world. Gonna go out on a limb and say no one who is on WSO was named Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" list, and I could be wrong, but I would be shocked if anyone here launched and funded their own Venture Capital firm backed by 20 LPs or their own successful real estate investment fund. What I see is a lot of haters who think that being "an Asian kid with a 4.0 and a 750 GMAT" is more credible and worthwhile to Harvard than being an innovator, having a divergent background, and producing a product or providing a service that people need.

    Don't worry, I'll go call the leg store and get your argument something to stand on...

    xoxo

    Dirk Dirkenson:
    Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.

  • In reply to Amphipathic
    Louboutins and Leverage's picture

    Amphipathic:

    Ipso facto:
    Amphipathic:

    Not saying they are morons, but the absurdly flowery language here warrents the 'porn' analogy used above. Let's take the "started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers" profile. This should read, "at the age of 16, joined a lab doing cutting-edge research, where he was likely babysat/the bitch of an overworked grad student/postdoc, and had zero of his research published." To repeat above poster, rather have Asians with insane scores that aren't smoke and mirrors.

    haha, word. going to princeton at 16 is definitely impressive. I'm sure he's brilliant and deserving of HBS. Certainly more than myself and most of the people here. But Amphipathic is probably right about his research experience. At 16, he likely did mindless bitch work in the lab so he could put an impressive sounding one-liner on his resume.

    Absolutely going to Princeton at 16 is very impressive, and there is no need to add a bunch of bs to his profile. It's already awesome.


    Why are you so sure it's bs? Do you think that Harvard is really that easily fleeced by people "making shit up?" Usually, when someone has done something that is described as cutting edge... it typically is. I'm not saying that Business Insider is credible and that their journalists did proper due diligence, but I'm guessing that Harvard was pretty impressed by these guys cuz they... you know... let them in. Plus they funded their business and gave them awards.

    xoxo

    Dirk Dirkenson:
    Shut up already. Your mindless, reflexive responses to any critical thought on this are tedious. You're also probably a woman, given the name and "xoxo" signoff, so maybe the lack of judgment is to be expected.

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    Louboutins and Leverage:

    Amphipathic:

    Not saying they are morons, but the absurdly flowery language here warrents the 'porn' analogy used above. Let's take the "started at Princeton at just 16, where he conducted cutting-edge research on biomedical applications of infrared lasers" profile. This should read, "at the age of 16, joined a lab doing cutting-edge research, where he was likely babysat/the bitch of an overworked grad student/postdoc, and had zero of his research published." To repeat above poster, rather have Asians with insane scores that aren't smoke and mirrors.

    You can't even spell "warrants" correctly and you're going to talk shit about a kid doing laser research at age 16 who went on to found a start up... I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD IN YOUR HEAD! Seriously... it must be great up there... You have free wifi and shit? I could totally go chill there for a while... would be way nicer than reality...

    xoxo

    You are right, the fact that I misspelled a word while multitasking obliterates my argument, I withdraw.

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    DCDepository:

    holla_back:
    SonnyZH:
    holla_back:
    SonnyZH:

    The Princeton kid, it must've been great to be around older people in college.

    Sounds like a great way to completely miss out on all of the social aspects of attending a top-tier school.

    ... that was my point.

    Yeah, I was just reinforcing it.

    DCDepository:
    Louboutins and Leverage:
    DCDepository:

    BTW, Royal Thai Air Force? That's like saying your were in the Iranian Navy. That's nothing special.

    Right... being a physician is a cakewalk...

    xoxo

    Well, see, ya know, most good physicians are, ya know, physicians and not going to business school...

    So?

    So? What kind of a question is that? She was a physician in a subpar air force. The physicians I know who are really talented have their own practices and make a lot of money or they work for, ya know, the U.S. Military...

    So your friends are all old doctors, and also military doctors. Thanks for pointing out that you have so many successful internet doctor friends.

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    Why do you guys suck these peoples dicks so much? Who gives a shit really?

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    Louboutins and Leverage:

    SonnyZH:

    I agree with your previous statements, but this just makes you look stupid. How on earth would you know if of all the previous posters, not a single one is comparable to one of those students. Great, they're at HBS, so what. The Princeton kid, it must've been great to be around older people in college. How do you even measure success? Majority of the 'most successful' entrepreneurs didn't even finish/attend college... Not saying it's the way to go but it's something to think about.

    Pretty sure no one on WSO has sold a start up for $170mm dollars unless I overlooked something. Pretty sure it's highly unlikely that anyone on WSO has been both a physician, served their country in the military and worked as an equity research analyst all by age 26-27. Pretty sure no one on WSO has written a critically acclaimed book that has been lauded by CEOs and Partners at some of the greatest consultancies and investment banks in the world. Gonna go out on a limb and say no one who is on WSO was named Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" list, and I could be wrong, but I would be shocked if anyone here launched and funded their own Venture Capital firm backed by 20 LPs or their own successful real estate investment fund. What I see is a lot of haters who think that being "an Asian kid with a 4.0 and a 750 GMAT" is more credible and worthwhile to Harvard than being an innovator, having a divergent background, and producing a product or providing a service that people need.

    Don't worry, I'll go call the leg store and get your argument something to stand on...

    xoxo

    Really? There are 100,000 registered WSO members, many who are now attending or have attended M7 business schools. Do you know anything about WSO?

    BTW, thanks for the straw. Nobody here denies there aren't some seriously legit people in this group. Each one of us clearly led with that. What we're saying is that past the top 5 or 6 of these, the rest are a bunch of fluff when it comes to their careers. And to add on to that, these are the "top 27". What does that say about the rest of them if this is the absolute creme of the crop?

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    Louboutins and Leverage:

    you guys are fucking idiots... enroll at Princeton at 16 and then you can talk... otherwise shut the fuck up... None of you are anywhere close to as impressive as half the candidates listed so you should just stop...

    xoxo

    I get what you're saying, but I'm not a fan of these types of arguments. i.e. So I can't criticize Obama because he went to Harvard and I didn't...I can't criticize Carmelo Anthony for ball-hogging because he's better at basketball?

    That said, I'm a huge loser so maybe I shouldn't criticize anybody ever again.

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