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2011 - Arvind Iyengar

Arvind Iyengar’s career path took an unusual course, thanks to a reality TV show called “Dream Job.” Then a McKinsey consultant, Arvind was selected from 10,000 participants, made the cut to first 50 and then 18 contestants, and was ultimately selected by the viewing audience as one of two finalists. Though the judges selected him as the runner-up, the show opened doors to his dream job – working in the sports industry at ESPN Star, Asia’s largest sports broadcaster and content provider.  
Arvind spent a year in Singapore on the flagship show “SportsCenter,” where his popular sports column for the website led to an on-air position hosting a segment on sports statistics.  While he enjoyed his experience as a sports writer and presenter, he wanted to leverage his love of sports and his entrepreneurial interests, and hone his burgeoning management skills. To help him accomplish this next goal of launching his own business, he enrolled in Stanford’s MBA program in the fall of 2010.
Now in his final year of his MBA, Arvind remains engrossed in the sports world.  This past summer, he interned in New York City for the National Basketball Association, and launched his own sports analytics startup ( which uses multivariable regression models to rank Formula 1 drivers independent of their car. 

After completing his studies, Arvind plans to focus on F1 Ratings to offer tools that measure and value performance in sports – particularly in sports like cricket and Formula 1 racing, which currently lack analytics. Longer term, he hopes to improve India’s sports infrastructure – from building playing fields to establishing competitive leagues – to develop more athletes as role models. In addition to his MBA, Arvind holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.