college? meh, who needs it?



It's high school graduation time. Time for endless speeches from "the man" about how your entire life will be shaped by what you do in college. No one ever talks about the geniuses on this list that chose starting their own business over college. No one dare says, you could create your own success, take your own path, without college.

Well, Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal thinks that's crap! Questioning the overall idea of higher education, Thiel believes that incredible ideas can develop much faster in a start-up environment rather than in school. So to prove it, he's offering $100,000 fellowships to 24 people under the age of 20 to drop out of school and start their own businesses.

A bold move, but one that's sure to spawn a whole new set of case studies proving that just because tradition says you have to go to college to succeed, doesn't mean it's true. That is, if you have the right idea and the motivation.

5 comments:

tom owen said...

I wish I'd done something like this and spent three years working and come out with a viable business rather than a huge student debt and a Philosophy degree. Ahh, hindsight!

Padded Cell Princess said...

The kids participating are already geniuses so they basically will be paid $100,000 and then when their time is up, go get a PhD in 3 months to make up for lost time...it's a win win for them.

Anonymous said...

I think it'll be good.

James said...

Yes.

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