About Harold Simansky

Senior MBA Admissions Counselor

Before Stratus, Harold began his business career at Bain & Company, where he was a member of the Private Equity Group. His work there included investment deal generation, strategic due diligence and portfolio company acceleration. Following this, Harold took a more entrepreneurial road, starting four successful companies over the last dozen years. These endeavors have generally been focused on residential energy efficiency and the “green” home. His most recent company was a website and print magazine (yes, print!) devoted to healthy and sustainable homes. This company was successfully sold in February, 2015 to a regional media company.

Articles written for Stratus Prep:

MBAnalysis: Meaningful Becoming Exceptional

In the previous blog post, I tried to give some guidance on what “exceptional” looks like in business school. And it probably isn’t you. Sorry. Next, the question becomes, how does the average person – who didn’t play professional sports, found their own company, or circumnavigate the globe –get in to a top MBA program?… View Article

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MBAnalysis: Exceptional or Meaningful?

My colleague Susan, will frequently point to Maya DiRado as the “perfect” MBA candidate. For those of you who don’t know Maya, she is a 3.6 Stanford grad, having studied both management science and engineering. Her father is from Argentina and she is now working as a McKinsey consultant… And by the way, she won… View Article

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MBAnalysis: Cornell Tech, The Best of All Worlds

What do you get when you combine a blue chip business school with a Nobel Prize winning foreign university? A piece of start-up nation in the middle of Silicon Alley? Technical know-how with Ivy League business sensibilities? Plus a $2 billion glimmering new campus? You get the Cornell Tech MBA. An MBA program that takes… View Article

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MIT Sloan on Top: Five Tips for Your MIT Sloan Cover Letter

It may just be the glory days of MIT Sloan. By sitting in the middle of the booming Boston economy, centered in the emerging world of biotech, leading a movement in sustainability, and sitting one block (yes, really one block) away from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and more venture capital firms than you can count,… View Article

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MBAnalysis: Your Mother was Wrong, You Really are Just Average

“Welcome to the MBA admissions process where all applicants can do math, all students speak fluent English, and all candidates are above average.” Garrison Keillor (sort of). In my last blog post, I wrote about weighing your chance of acceptance at a top program if you were an average candidate. I really put the emphasis… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Business School Acceptance Rates – What Are My Chances?

“So What Are My Chances?” Is the most pressing question every MBA applicant is thinking about as they start the business school admissions process. Sometimes it is asked outright, sometimes it is just hinted at, and sometimes it is not asked at all. But it is always there. And we, at Stratus, know that’s what… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: NYU Stern – An Embarrassment of Choices

Many of us were applauding when earlier this year, NYU Stern unveiled two new one-year MBAs in Tech and Fashion & Luxury. With a tight focus on a single industry, and a duration of only one-year, Stern is bringing to the business school world a product that will serve many students well by being lower… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 3 of 3)

In the past blog, I noted a couple of different flavors of private equity. Now, I want to discuss the most complicated category of PE investing which is the point in the life of the company when the investment is made. This would include anywhere from seed stage investments, all the way to investing in… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 2 of 3)

As noted in my previous blog, a credible MBA applicant doesn’t just say they want to go into “private equity” but knows exactly what type of private equity. To answer this question, you first need to understand private equities’ different flavors. Some types of private equity are easier to understand than others. GEOGRAPHY Some private… View Article

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MBAnalysis Blog: Loving Private Equity? Hack an MBA (Part 1 of 3)

“I want to go into private equity’” … ding, ding, ding…drink! Remember that old drinking game from college when you were say, watching Survivor, and Jeff Probst would say, “Here we go” and then everyone would take a shot? That’s how I sometimes feel when applicants tell me about their desire to get a job… View Article

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