I said I would never go to MBA school. With a background in engineering I was confident that I could figure anything out — business was for chumps, and I could hack that too. I was networking with the President of PlainsCapital Bank in Austin, Jon Levy, and he heard my disdain for MBAs and said, “You know, last week I had dinner with a guy who founded a school and feels the same way as you.”
2 weeks later I took the GMAT and applied to the Acton School of Business. I was accepted at age 22. I declined the acceptance because I felt I needed more work experience. So I went to work for CONTAX, and they saved my application for next year.
2 weeks before the deadline to apply to Acton for the Class of 2011, I got a call from the Admissions office letting me know that I needed to make a 2-minute “elevator pitch” to my future classmates, describing why I would add value to the classroom. I figured that an elevator pitch should be done in an elevator, and living in Chicago I was close the tallest freestanding structure in North America, the Sears Tower. I contacted their PR Department, and on short notice, they closed the tourist attraction for one hour so that I could take 12 trips up the elevator to perfect my video.