I remember that from the application, so we must have been impressed by it.
Re: Putnam, this thread was awesome. http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=35076
"Did you win the Putnam? If not, don't be bolder than this guy."
"Yes, I did."
I know that will never happen for a number of reasons - but it would be interesting nonetheless.
I ask because it is my story albeit it is neither technology nor entrepreneurship related.
Wow, does this really happen? I wonder what percentage of applications have obviously bad answers like this.
I don't think it's an execution problem. People seem to misunderstand the question. That's my impression, anyway.
But in my case, I don't have a fancy school to list in the founder question, so I would have to find other ways to convince them that I'm good.