EVAN SHARP of Pinterest“I did well at [University of Chicago] and itwasn’t negative, but it was the wrong schoolfor me. en later on, I went to architectureschool for graduate school and that was theopposite. It made sense for me. I just killed itbecause it was all about making, with a littlebit of reading and writing. Maybe not enoughof that actually.”
YVES BEHAR of fuseprojectAt these Internet parties, over-stimulatedMBA guys would be like, “We’re doing thisvirtually. We’re shipping toys to people.” And Iwould tell them, “I actually make the stuﬀ. Imake tangible goods that people can enjoy.”And their eyes would just completely glazeover, and like “poof!” I disappeared from theconversation. It was like, “is guy isirrelevant, who else can we talk to?” en thebust happened.
CHRISTINA BRODBECK of theicebreak“While I was at NASA, Max Levchin from PayPalstarted an incubator called MRL Ventures andone of the companies was looking for a designer.I knew this was my chance. I really had to provemyself because even though some of them weremy friends, they weren’t just going to give me ajob. I did work for them to prove that they shouldhire me while still working at NASA. Some dayswhen I was “working from home”, I was really inthe city working to convince my friends tohire me.”
SCOTT BELSKY MATIAS COREA of Behance“e funny thing is if you look at the initialmockups from 2005, we had no fucking cluewhat we were doing on the technology,product side. But we were both real students.”
SCOTT BELSKY of Behance“Probably a lot of people aren’t cut out for this.It’s a tumultuous roller coaster of a journey andthere are many times when it would be a loteasier to have my paycheck and my healthinsurance and just check in, check out andknow I’m going to have a job in three years. Butfor people who have the drive, who want tocreate value in this world, that’s the start ofwhat you need to become a founder.”
SUMMARYSchool major isn’t always a predictorBuild on small winsBe ahead of the bustStep up and prove yourselfFind a complementary partner