Articles by John Byrne

  • Winning Essays of Harvard MBA Applicants

    Winning Essays of Harvard MBA Applicants

    by on August 26th, 2015

    When Steve Hind and Alula Eshete were putting together the annual admission and essay guides to Harvard Business School, what struck them most about the essays that helped to get current and future classmates admitted … Read More

  • What Are Your Odds of Getting In?

    What Are Your Odds of Getting In?

    by on August 19th, 2015

    She’s a 24-year-old community manager at a well-known digital media agency in New York. With a 690 GMAT and a 3.5 GPA from Barnard College, she plans to apply to a top business school next year to help achieve her … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds

    Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds

    by on August 16th, 2015

    Our highly popular MBA handicapping series is back, with a new video and four great legacy assessments of real candidates who want to get into a top business school. After focusing on his round one and round one clients, … Read More

  • Best B-Schools for Entrepreneurs

    Best B-Schools for Entrepreneurs

    by on August 15th, 2015

    “When I grow up, I want to start my own company.” Bet you wouldn’t hear baby boomers exclaim that in sixth grade. Back then, they imagined themselves becoming Alan Shepard or Jackie Kennedy, pushing boundaries and … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Mr. International

    Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Mr. International

    by on August 8th, 2015

    She’s a serial entrepreneur in Eastern Europe, having successfully sold one business and started another. At 27 years of age, she says with conviction: “I want to employ people, not to be employed by someone else.” … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Shot at an Elite MBA—Mr. Swiss Insurance

    Handicapping Your Shot at an Elite MBA—Mr. Swiss Insurance

    by on July 30th, 2015

    After working in India as a software programmer for Oracle, this Indian-born engineer managed to land a strategy job with a Swiss multinational insurance company in Chicago. A 26-year-old who graduated at the top 20% of … Read More

  • Mastering the GMAT Basics

    Mastering the GMAT Basics

    by on July 21st, 2015

    There’s a rule of thumb in MBA applications: Start studying for the GMAT in March—a year before you intend to enroll. Why? Just think about all the steps that come with applying to business school. First, you have a … Read More

  • Smart Questions to Ask MBA Alumni

    Smart Questions to Ask MBA Alumni

    by on July 18th, 2015

    When it comes to picking an MBA program, prospective students consult the rankings, pore over the stats, query the consultants, and meet with the Adcoms. Sometimes, they even visit the campus and talk to students. But if … Read More

  • A Harvard MBA Co-Founds the Pandora of Sales Leads

    A Harvard MBA Co-Founds the Pandora of Sales Leads

    by on July 17th, 2015

    Applying to b-school is a rigorous process. But Roger Huffstetler had a few added challenges thrown in. He applied to Harvard’s dual degree master’s program in business and public policy while stationed with the … Read More

  • Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Mr. Teach for America

    Handicapping Your Elite MBA Odds—Mr. Teach for America

    by on July 16th, 2015

    For nearly two years, this 25-year-old male has worked at a boutique private equity fund with a focus on emerging markets, a position he took after turning down a prestige investment bank which offered him a full-time … Read More

  • Handicapping Your MBA Odds—Ms. Consulting Wannabe

    Handicapping Your MBA Odds—Ms. Consulting Wannabe

    by on July 15th, 2015

    She’s a 31-year-old white female analyst who has worked for the same financial services technology company for the past eight years. With a 680 GMAT and a 3.43 grade point average in economics from New York University, … Read More

  • Landing Your Dream Job or Internship: The Best of Ivan Kerbel

    Landing Your Dream Job or Internship: The Best of Ivan Kerbel

    by on July 14th, 2015

    Think it’s tough getting into the right business school? Just wait … It can sometimes be even harder to land your dream job. And isn’t that why you’re studying for your MBA? Right now, you’re probably imagining … Read More

  • The Harvard MBA Behind RelayRides

    The Harvard MBA Behind RelayRides

    by on July 13th, 2015

    Harvard Business School comes with many perks. Boston’s weather isn’t one of them. On a particularly daunting winter day, RelayRides founder Shelby Clark–who didn’t own a car at the time–found himself pedaling … Read More

  • The Yale MBA Behind Big Data Platform Hadapt

    The Yale MBA Behind Big Data Platform Hadapt

    by on July 12th, 2015

    At the age of 12, Justin Borgman knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur. But when he arrived for his first year as an MBA student at Yale’s School of Management he didn’t have any startup ideas and almost went into … Read More