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Profile Evaluation, Insead Jan 2017 intake - Moonshot

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Profile Evaluation, Insead Jan 2017 intake - Moonshot

Post Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:13 am
Hello,

Curious to have some feedbacks on my application for the last round of the Jan17 Intake. I was originally planning for the Jan18 Intake, but some substantial events in my private life (family / health related) motivated me to give it a shot earlier.

Admission deadline on the 27th.

Currently 27 and will be 28 at the time of matriculation.

GMAT
To be passed on the 22th, I expect to have around 670-710.
Won't send my score and complete my application if below because then it would not be a moonshot but a sunshot.
If I understood well, only the Verbal and Quantitate part are used for the score, and I can provide my unofficial transcript to Insead (until they receive within 2 weeks the official transcript)

Education background
Quite complete curriculum in French "Grandes Ecoles"
* MSc in Engineering, Computer Science (got no official GPA on a scale of 4 with my transcripts and some of the grades were quite low for all students because of very complex exams, but when I requested one I had a 3.9/4.0 signed by the dean)
* Advanced Master in Marketing (1 year after my MSc - HEC Paris, official GPA 3.63)

Professional experience
* (geneva) 2 years in a boutique technology consulting company that got acquired by a McKinsey partner through LBO.
I made one year of consulting assignments (retail, banking - mostly on innovation) and then moved to product/engineering management for a fully owned spin-off developing a ticketing platform.
Got promoted twice from BA to Senior Consultant in two years.
The company sponsored my HEC tuition (20k) at the end of a successful 6-months internship (then followed by the 2-years of full time commitment)

* (geneva) 1 year as Lead PM / Head of Product Management in one of the most famed NPO (Davos..)
Leading 15-20 people mix of internal resources or external consultants (designer, software engineers, project managers, etc)
Numerous in-house achievements that got high-visibility.

* (paris/remote) investment of my free time in various start-ups and ventures at their early stage through a personally owned consulting structure, some of them having massive VC funding (25Mo+)

Essays
Ongoing, I will have some support for the proof reading.
I am more focused on who I am than business achievements for the essay.

Recommendations
* CIIO, Managing Director / Member of executive committee of my current employer (direct work relationship with him)
* Associate Dean, Technology and Strategy Impact from a prestigious american university (teamed up with her on a IA/Robotics projects)
* VP of Product from my former employer (for the optional reco letter)

Hoping to cover recommendations from non-profit, private and academic world this way

Language
French - Native
English - Fluent (I have a TOEIC with 975/990 from 5 years ago before I started working into an international context. Will not have time to pass the TOEFL even if I know results will be good... how to defend that?)
German - basic

Career plan
Long term, run my own technology/web company.
Short term, develop the necessary skills to work in corporate strategy / investment / product portfolio mgmt of a GAFA company or VC fund. A step at a Technology Practice at McKinsey or Bain is something I would consider as well. The idea is to pursue in product driven environment, but with more financial and strategy responsibilities.
I have a pretty clear idea of how I would take advantage of the INSEAD Programme structure (campus moves, electives, summer break, etc)


Thanks a lot !
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Post Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:59 am
Well I would say if now the time is right just go for it. Don't make any excuses r.e. GMAT. Your GMAT is your GMAT. And INSEAD can be quite flexible with GMATs if they like your profile. Other than that, I think the only real decision is: What would happen if I had studies 4 months for the GMAT and got a 740? And is that interesting? Smile

Best of luck!!!
Jon

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Post Mon Jul 25, 2016 7:18 am
Hello!

Thanks for your support ! Scored a 680, middle satisfied with 5 days of prep but still ok for non native guy:)
Don't remember the exact figures but quite balanced between verbal and quant score

Two quick questions :

- I have duly completed my recommendation letters.
On the side, I have constituted a list of people I have professional relationships with and that would be ok support my candidacy. This includes a mix of interesting profile, such as executives from The Silicon Valley (showing I am not siloed in my job and linking with my future ambitions), and people that relates to INSEAD (alumni or visiting professor, to showcase my interest for the school)

- I will have to mention that I don't have a recent TOEIC/TOEF due to short notice on my application.
Should I explain that I had INSEAD in mind for a long time but changed the intake choice for professional and personal reasons ? Should I leverage this argument for the GMAT score slightly below average ?

Thanks a lot for your time and consideration

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Well I would say if now the time is right just go for it. Don't make any excuses r.e. GMAT. Your GMAT is your GMAT. And INSEAD can be quite flexible with GMATs if they like your profile. Other than that, I think the only real decision is: What would happen if I had studies 4 months for the GMAT and got a 740? And is that interesting? Smile

Best of luck!!!
Jon

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