Stitch Fix has come a long way since the days when Lake was running around purchasing and returning clothes from retail stores and boutiques. Over the last two years, her startup has shipped more than 100,000 fixes and has expanded from 16 employees in August 2012 to 145 today, one of whom is the former vice president of data science and engineering for Netflix. The San Francisco-based company is even on track to become the fastest-growing e-commerce company of 2013. But like many startups, Stitch Fix had a few growing pains in the beginning.
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Second, for addressing any extenuating circumstances: As with the school’s other optional question, do not put an obvious essay for another school here. If you read the above, it should be clear enough that this is the place to explain anything negative or potentially negative in your background. If you have no explanation for something negative, don’t bother writing about it. For example if your GPA is and you have no good explanation for why it is , don’t bother writing something that looks like a lame excuse. This is more likely to hurt than help you. In the same vein, don’t waste the committee’s time telling them that your GMAT is a much better indicator than your GPA (the opposite is also true). They have heard it before and they will look at both scores and can draw their own conclusions without you stating the obvious. That said, if you have a good explanation for a bad GPA, you should most certainly write about it. In addition to GMAT/GRE, TOEFL, and GPA problems, other possible topics include issues related to recommendations, serious gaps in your resume, concerns related to a near total lack of extracurricular activities, and major issues in your personal/professional life that you really think the admissions office needs to know about.