Gilded Graduation

Reflections on MBA experience

by Tim Berry

The prestige of the MBA degree is tarnished quite a bit since I got mine in the early 1980s. And that's for pretty good reasons. With the world of startups like it is, and the progress of high tech, there are some good arguments against stopping a career for two years to go back to school. Still, my two years with the MBA were the right thing for me, for my family, and for my entrepreneurship. Everything is case by case. Read More »

Education and Experience

Does Business Education Stifle Creativity

by Tim Berry

Business Education vs. Creativity Does business education stifle innovation and creativity? You probably already know Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk, from 2006, Do Schools Kill Creativity? It’s one of the five or so most viewed and most discussed TED talks. His basic idea is that school focus too much on the academic, not enough on other... Read More »

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We’re Raising Girls to be Perfect, Boys to be Brave

by Tim Berry

Friday video, a TED talk, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani is out to change the way the world looks at girls, tech, and girls in tech. Her non-profit Girls Who Code inspires high school girls to study computer science.  She aims to enroll one million women in the program by 2020 — and tech has... Read More »

Gilded Graduation

Two Big Problems with MOOCs

by Tim Berry

You know of MOOCs, right? Massively Open Online Courses. It seems like such a great idea, a solution to education, productize courses and make them available. If only it were just about the learning. We have Udemy, Udacity, Khan Academy, and dozens of others. After all, learning is learning. It doesn’t take tens of thousands... Read More »

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Does Business Education Keep You in a Box?

by Tim Berry

Last week, I posted a rant about the stupid meme that pits entrepreneurship against education, as if young people are supposed to choose one or the other, but not both. I called it Young Entrepreneurs: They are Lying to You. But I like paradox, and I like uncertainty, and I also like to remember that... Read More »

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Young Entrepreneurs: They Are Lying to You

by Tim Berry

All over the web, on Q&A sites, blog posts, and so on, in panels and conferences, and in the occasional book, know-it-all alleged experts are lying to young entrepreneurs about the value of education. They sprout clichés that are unrealistic, impractical, and that when taken to an extreme, are even tragic. Lie: A startup is better... Read More »

Steps to Entrepreneurship

I Want to be An Entrepreneur. What Steps do I Take?

by Tim Berry

What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a... Read More »

MBA and tech startups

Does an MBA Help in Running a High-Tech Business?

by Tim Berry

Question (on Quora): Does an MBA help in starting up and running a technology-based business?  My Answer on MBA for High Tech I have an MBA degree and I bootstrapped a software company past $10M annual sales and was a co-founder of another software company that went public in less than four years. And the... Read More »

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Infographic: Stats and Rankings on Schools Teaching Entrepreneurship

by Tim Berry

I don’t agree with everything in this infographic,but at the very least it’s an interesting summary. Notice the huge increase in the number of institutions offering courses on entrepreneurship. The question it asks — can schools teach entrepreneurship — isn’t one to be answered with statistics and rankings. Of course that takes a qualitative answer,... Read More »

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Top 10 Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs

by Tim Berry

For some really good startup advice, and lots of good reminders, here is Guy Kawasaki’s Top 10 Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs, on YouTube, courtesy of Stanford Business. I don’t agree with everything Guy says here but I really like his being comfortable with his own opinions, and how he presents them as opinions, not fact. This... Read More »