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Nick Black           

After serving in the Army, Nick Black wanted a career that allowed him to continue serving his community. Earning his MBA enabled him to found inKind, a startup that works to connect nonprofit organizations with potential donors.


Background

The Johns Hopkins University, BA Political Science, 2006
Kenan-Flagler Business School, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013

Path to B-School

I served for five years as an Army Officer with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. The light bulb moment I decided to pursue business school occurred while I was in Afghanistan. An economist showed me how price is a function of supply and demand. This explained why giving humanitarian aide would destroy villages’ micro economies. I wanted to have a better understanding of how money and financial interests affect people. I wanted to surround myself with the best and brightest from different fields, and learn about different industries and cultures.

B-School Concerns

I was worried that I wasn’t going to fit in and that I didn’t have the necessary quantitative skills. But as it turns out, I did fit in. I fit in by finding a network of military veterans to help me transition. I was able to catch up with quantitative skills by taking prep classes both with the university and outside.

B-School Opportunities and Experiences

Professional networks. Yes, you will get a higher salary but that’s not why I went to business school. I wanted to meet people that were and are doing big things!  I wanted to build relationships that would last. Attaining my MBA gave me the skills and confidence to know that the problem always contains the solution. While in business school, I interned at a Private Equity Group and Venture Capital Firm. I was fortunate enough to work with professionals who treated me as a peer. I contributed to meetings with CEOs, investors and other incredible people.

After MBA

I’m founder and CEO of inKind (www.inkind.us). Leading a start up is hard. You can’t be good at one thing. You have to be above average in a thousand areas. The idea for inKind (www.inkind.us) came through my work co-founding a nonprofit called Stop Soldier Suicide. Why can’t a nonprofit ask for exactly what it needs? Why can’t a donor transparently connect with and support a tangible charitable outcome? It didn’t exist, so the team at inKind is building the solution!

Advice for those taking the GMAT Exam

Don’t rush. Take your time. I’d strongly recommend getting a tutor or spending time with someone to help you prepare for the GMAT Exam and teach you how to take it. Business school teaches you a new skill set and how to think about problems. Take that knowledge and apply it wherever your passions are: sports, arts, nonprofits, whatever. Understanding how to think like a MBA is just as important as being one!
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