Why to Work Before Getting an MBA - Anatole Faykin

In Chapter 6 of 18 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview, Internet entrepreneur Anatole Faykin answers "How Did Taking a Leave of Absence Benefit Your MBA Education Experience?"  Starting his MBA at NYU Stern with only three years of experience, Faykin feels he applied too soon.  He takes a leave of absence and works abroad in Beijing, China and in Silicon Valley before returning to New York to continue his MBA.  He finds the additional time and experience fundamental to what he finds to be an intensely gratifying education experience.  Faykin is the founder of Tuanpin, a Shanghai-based daily deals site he grew to 25 employees and sold in the fall of 2011.  Previously, he worked for British Telecom in London, Intel in Shanghai, American Express in New York, and Oracle in San Francisco as well as several startup ventures.  He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and a BS in computer science and biology from the California Institute of Technology.