Today, a VC told me something that I thought was pretty neat. After I introduced myself and told him that I was an undergraduate at Wharton who didn’t plan on getting an MBA anytime soon (in somewhat cheeky response to something he said), he laughed and replied:
“Wharton is one of the best undergraduate schools for product design and management. You get to gain all of the analytical forecasting and model-building skills that ibankers have without going through the shit of actually being one. Take advantage of that!”
Filed under: quotes that stick with you for a while. Because most people will say, “Wharton = no skillz + ego!!1.” But he makes a really good point; I’m glad I go to Wharton. I’ve realized that my eventual goal is to do something technically cool and entrepreneurial, whether that means freelancing design (aka being my own business manager) or starting my own company or running a company. I want to make sure to flex both technical and business muscles actively when I’m young, not just the former.
I also realized that the people / mentors who actively encourage me to not drop out of school are people who truly have my best interests at heart. I’m not saying that not/dropping out is right/wrong, or that those who encourage me to drop out don’t have my best interests at heart. But I do know that for someone who would literally benefit from me dropping out immediately to work at their company to tell me not do so means that, with that advice, they are encouraging me to place my well being over theirs (in a sense). Which isn’t something that truly, many companies do.
Wednesday, June 20 2012
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