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Young & Entrepreneurial: How This Stanford Dropout Went From Bootstrapping to Closing Fortune 500 Companies

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.17.2017 | Business
David Ongchoco

This article is part of the Young & Entrepreneurial series that features young startup founders and entrepreneurs. You can see past features here. To ...

Young & Entrepreneurial: Harvard Student Drops Out To Pursue Social Network for Research

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.16.2017 | Business
David Ongchoco

This article is part of the Young & Entrepreneurial series that features young startup founders and entrepreneurs. You can see past features here. To ...

Wearable Technologies: Sci-Fi Novels Gone Awry?

Sanjna Verma | Posted 09.02.2016 | Technology
Sanjna Verma

My hopes for wearable technology is that it evolves to assist our human evolution, not handicap it. I don't want to see our blood types poisoned by inserting chips unnecessarily into the crevices of our body, but I do want wearable technology to create longer lifetimes, invent eco-friendly homes, and above all, sustain the planet and humanity.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Carol J. Carter | Posted 08.19.2016 | College
Carol J. Carter

Shantanu Bala doesn't like being called self-motivated, but from wherever he gets it, the 21-year-old ASU graduate has motivation in scads.

5 Non-Traditional Education Systems Doers Should Consider

Chirag Kulkarni | Posted 01.13.2015 | College
Chirag Kulkarni

Education doesn't have to be tedious, boring, and repetitive, but it should be a self-discovery process that encompasses not only your intellectual growth, but also your professional and personal development.

10 Game-Changing Ideas on Entrepreneurship from Peter Thiel

Kiyan Rajabi | Posted 11.19.2014 | Business
Kiyan Rajabi

Thiel's talk heavily focused on the concept of zero-to-one innovations -- revolutionary inventions like the first airplane or home computer, which require "intensive, vertical, zero-to-one progress" -- and how to get there.

Billionaire's Failed Education Experiment Proves There's No Shortcut To Success

XPRIZE | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology

By Vivek Wadhwa Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University. Frustrated that Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs "were not on focu...

Independent Learners

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.28.2013 | College
Jonathan Haber

While I wish I had studied more about finance, management and marketing before I started my own business many years ago, I don't regret having dedicated my college years to "less practical" subjects such as chemistry, history and literature.

20 Students Get $100K Each To Drop Out

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.10.2013 | Small Business

Peter Thiel has lured yet another group of young kids out of college into the startup world. On Thursday the billionaire venture capitalist's Thiel...

Dropping In on Dropping Out: A Book Review

Zac Hill | Posted 05.04.2013 | Home
Zac Hill

There is something vaguely pyramid-scheme-feeling about a college dropout becoming successful by talking about how successful he's managed to be as a college dropout.

Here's What Happened To Those Genius College Dropouts

The Huffington Post | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.23.2012 | Small Business

Last Fall, Facebook investor Peter Thiel gave 24 young adults $100,000 each to drop out of college. The Silicon Valley billionaire did so in part t...

$100K To Skip College And Build A Startup

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2011 | Small Business

(Reuters - By Deborah L. Cohen) - Dale Stephens was homeschooled for most of his academic life, so when the 19-year-old was offered $100,000 to skip c...

Ignorant and Free

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 08.14.2011 | College
Brian Rosenberg

Peter Thiel has drawn much attention for arguing that higher education is a "bubble" along the lines of the housing market and tech stocks because "people are not getting their money's worth, basically, when you do the math."

Peter Thiel Discusses His College Experience (VIDEO)

Posted 08.03.2011 | College

Paypal founder and Facebook investor Peter Thiel, is paying students 100,000 dollars to drop out of college. But what was his college experience (at ...

Thiel's Dropout Deal Misses the Point

Andrew P. Kelly | Posted 07.27.2011 | College
Andrew P. Kelly

A four-year degree program is certainly not a good a fit for everyone, and we clearly need a broader array of high-quality postsecondary options. Unfortunately, Thiel's provocative brainchild does nothing to inform this debate.

Amanda M. Fairbanks

Pop Goes The Higher Ed Bubble? | Amanda M. Fairbanks | Posted 07.03.2011 | College

NEW YORK -- The average college graduate leaves school with $24,000 in debt and one in 10 are unable to find work of any kind. By year's end, student ...