My name is Mark Wong and I’m a 20 something financial analyst working in Silicon Valley at a fairly well known tech company.

I started this blog in 2009 after after going through one of the most difficult times in my life. I was laid off from work, I suffered through a life-threatening illness, and I nearly lost my health insurance while recovering.  Blogging was one of my therapeutic outlets to cope with all of these issues.

I’ve recently started studying for the GMAT.  I made the decision to go to business school in 2010 and hope to chronicle my entire journey on this blog.  Everything from my GMAT Tests, to the Admissions Rounds, to the actual Business School experience will be included.

My blog is my digital notebook. I read a lot of self improvement books and my blog is where I write reviews and keep my raw notes.

I also like to meticulously keep track of my Net Worth.

Feel free to contact me at: mako at randomwok dot com


What does Random Wok mean?

Random Walk is an investment principle that equates movements in the stock market to a drunk standing in the middle of the road whose future movements can only be guessed.

Of all the investing theories, principles, and experts I’ve come across, the random walk theory is my favorite and to be honest, it probably makes the most sense.

But you spelled it wrong?

Unfortunately, randomwalk.com was already taken, by a squatter no less.

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KaneishaNo Gravatar July 3, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Hi Mark,

I’m not sure if you’re working on your essays yet, but I just graduated from HBS and have started my own coaching company. I’m reaching out to selected bloggers to give them freebies and discounts on my coaching services. If you contact me with your email address, I’d be happy to give you more information. Sorry to post on your “about” page. I couldn’t find a contact page.

The Art of Applying

John A. ByrneNo Gravatar August 9, 2010 at 10:11 pm


I’d like to feature some of your blog posts on the homepage of my new website. It would help more people discover your blog, for sure, and let lots more people hear your point of view on applying to business school. Your posts would appear under Real Deal MBA (See: http://poetsandquants.com/2010/07/19/should-you-hire-an-mba-consultant/)
Let me know if you’re interested.


richard battle-baxterNo Gravatar August 16, 2010 at 4:48 am

Your reason for starting your blog is very similar to why I started mine! I look forward to following your story!

MakoNo Gravatar August 16, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Thanks Richard. I first came across your blog through Beat the GMAT and I follow you as well. 🙂

ChiaraNo Gravatar October 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Hi Mark,

Awesome blog, seriously! I am an MBA student at Chicago Booth and former Silicon Valley resident. I am working on a web start-up in the MBA admissions space (nope, not admissions consulting at all — we’re a web interface to streamline & facilitate the application process), and I’d love to connect & share thoughts if you have time.

Email me if you’d like to get in touch!


P.S. You can learn more about my company at http://www.applyinthesky.com if you’re curious. 🙂

MBA Crystal BallNo Gravatar January 7, 2011 at 5:43 am

Hey Mark,

It’s inspiring to read the story of a fighter. All the best in your MBA journey.

Wok On, buddy !

– Sameer

Lisa NicoletteNo Gravatar June 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Hi Mark,

What is your correct email? I wanted to send you an email.

Fr. SeraphimNo Gravatar August 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Our company is revising its inventory management systems and is working on a new spreadsheet system for this. We have run up against a wall in getting some VLOOKUP functions to work. This is a very specialized situation and nothing I could find answers for on your site. Can we hire you to find a solution to the problem? If not, can you recommend any Excel experts that could help us?

Thanks, Fr. Seraphim Weber, Monastery Icons

Shiowraan WongNo Gravatar June 29, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Hello, I came across you website while researching on how to perform some formulaes in Excel but to no avail. I wonder whether you can help?

I am a teacher and am trying to get the excel to lookup grades for me.

Main sheet contains type of paper and total marks. Depending on the type of papers they do because they are from different classes (4 altogether), there are 4 different grade boundaries. What I want Excel to give me is to lookup the type of paper a pupil did, combined with the total marks, it goes to a correct grade boundary to return an appropriate grade? I managed to do it at the moment but not sophisticated enough (I had to create 4 separate formulas for the 4 classes, instead of combining all the classes and let Excel look it up. Thank you in advance.

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