At Flat-Club we try to find all sorts of ways to use leverage. No, not strictly using debt to push the company forward but any application of the scientific definition: using a small lever to get outsized results. One of our best small levers has been our affiliation with an MBA networks. I wrote a post before on why doing a MBA is a good idea for Entrepreneurs. This post will give a few real life examples from Flat-Club.
Networking is the second of the two main reasons for going to business school, the other being reputation. Both these points are also crucial for any startup. Since we discussed the benefits of reputation in my last post, now we come to networking.
If you ask me “Should I do an MBA?”, I will reply with a question “Are you ready to stretch yourself?”.
Meet EMILY. She’s a young red-head who loves the beach and makes a living lifeguarding. Unfortunately, she is not actually human, which takes her off the market for most guys out there. But, she is capable of moving at more than 28 mph in hurricane conditions and contains Navy-derived technology capable of recognizing a flailing swimmer and moving towards them without human controls. That makes her pretty cool in my book.
While many business schools -- Harvard and Stanford among them -- do not require you to visit campus, it is still a good idea. The MBA Campus Visit not only gives you an idea of what life would be like at that school, it also provides good essay material and shows that you're interested in attending that particular school.
While MBA essay questions vary by school, the majority of MBA applications ask the same two questions: "What are your post-MBA goals?" (the MBA career essay question), and "How can this school help you achieve those goals?" (the "why this business school?" essay question). This article will give you some tips on how to better answer both of those questions.