Umair Khan


As a tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, California, Umair co-founded SecretBuilders, an educational games startup and Folio3, a software development house. He has spoken on entrepreneurship at various universities including U.C. Berkeley, Harvard, and MIT.
Umair applied to and was accepted at Princeton, MIT (twice), Stanford (twice), Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, and Carnegie Mellon. He wrote College Applications Hacked to help applicants tell their story. Through the SecretBuilders Summer Program, he has mentored over 120 students on college applications. He also counsels students on their career paths.
Umair received an SB in Math with Computer Science and an SM in Computer Engineering both from MIT.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Crime & Punishment (Dostoevsky)
Collected Short Stories (Anton Chekhov)
Laughable Loves (Milan Kundera)
Mulliner Nights ( P. G. Wodehouse)
Vanity Fair (Thackeray)
Far From the Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy)
In the Moonlight [and many other stories] (Maupassant)
What do you read for pleasure?
Juicy Mysteries circa 1700-1960 (Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Ira Levin, Margery Allingham, Eric Ambler, Conan Doyle, R.L. Stevenson, Georges Simenon, etc.);
Jeeves stories by P. G. Wodehouse;
Anything by Jane Austen;
Five Find-outers series by Enid Blyton;
Harry Potter (J K Rowling)
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Where to find Umair Khan online


College Application Hacked: 1. The College Essay (Or How I Got Into MIT, Stanford, Yale, and Princeton)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 25,390. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » College Guides, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » College prep checklists
I was accepted at Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, because of how I presented my story to them. I wrote this book for you, to help you tell your story. “Strong essays may not transform modest achievements into winning applications but weak essays can hide... your accomplishments... Umair will not let you write a weak essay.” - Jeff Brenzel, Former Admissions Dean, Yale

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