An interesting qoute from Joichi Ito – recently appointed director @ MITmedia lab, VC, and 2 time college dropout:
“I don’t disrespect academia, it’s just that I have never fit into any of their patterns.”
People often point out that the best entrepreneurs don’t go to uni, and a recent initiative in the US involves investors paying young people to put off uni for at least a couple of years http://is.gd/yY1Pb1 (disclaimer – shameless PR plug…).
All this has made some wonder why do a degree at all, and it’s a fair point to make in some instances.
Discovering the entrepreneurial path takes some longer than others. Just like astronauts, the lucky few figure it out very early on. Others become corporates, enslaved for decades before mustering up the will to go it alone. Student Entrepreneurs is set up for the people who figure it out whilst at uni.
The quote above got us wondering when it was that things clicked for you. At what point did you realise the normal patterns of school => uni => job didn’t work for you? For me, it came three quarters into a finance major, before realizing I’d like a corporate career like the proverbial kick in the crotch. I dropped the finance class I was enrolled in (the last to complete a major), and haven’t looked back since.
What’s your story?