Poets&Quants – MBA Handicapping: Apply to HBS from Mexico


In a typical year, Harvard Business School hosts about seven MBA students from Mexico. For Jose, the challenge will be how to become one of the chosen ones.

Although he has not yet passed the GMAT exam, he brings to the game a 3.5 GPA from Anahuac University in Mexico as well as five years of professional experience in product development in Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland. . Jose has worked as the third employee of a high-growth software startup, product manager for a fintech company, and senior product manager for a company developing the next wave of digital payment methods.

He describes himself as a “cheerful entrepreneur, passionate problem solver, and tech enthusiast. Over the years I have had the chance to travel to different parts of the world, giving me a creative and international view of how geography, business and culture should merge in an innovative way to develop new products and digital services for the benefit of our way of life.

He wants to use the MBA program as an incubator to found a startup to disrupt the financial market and remittances across the Americas. Jose applies to Harvard, Stanford, MIT Sloan, Babson and London Business School.

In this episode of Friday’s With Sandy, HBSGuru.com founder Sandy Kreisberg assesses Jose’s chances.

If you would like to participate in a future Fridays With Sandy webinar, you can contact Sandy and John here.

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