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Be Cool Stay In School

Be Cool Stay In School

The Case for College: You Say Keg Stand Like It’s A Bad Thing

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Minority Report is a guest column by Sarah Kunst, who does business development and product at fashion app Kaleidoscope. She’s a black, non-engineer female in tech, but plans to IPO anyway.

Few founder origin stories capture the nerd mind like “Hacker as dropout.” From Bill Gates at Microsoft to Box’s Adam Levie, and of course a little-known CEO named Zuck, the allure of leaving the dorm room behind to rake in billions seems irresistible.

Recently, this middle finger to the establishment of higher education has been codified by billionaire rabble rouser Peter Thiel. This past Sunday, for the second time in three months, the New York Times found cause for a close examination of the virtues of Mr. Thiel’s 20 under 20 Fellowship as a way for exceptional teenagers to pass college and collect $100,000 to spend on changing the world. Granted, participants aren’t your typical undeclared freshmen at State College U. Rather, they’ve already exhibited Mensa-level intelligence, with a work ethic to match.

What doesn’t coordinate quite as well? Their social lives. A recent night saw several Thiel fellows–all under legal drinking age–at a San Francisco house party described by one attendee as “tech hippies doing drugs and sitting in a cuddle pile.” Read More

Be Cool Stay In School

Tech Companies Attempting to Lure Students Outside the Ivory Tower with Free Food, Fat Paychecks

It would take a lot of money to make us leave this. (flickr.com/Hugo Pardo Kuklinski)

Computer science majors are the new star basketball players. That is seriously the thesis of this Wall Street Journal article. Welcome to America’s tech industry in 2012, which is apparently one steroid scandal away from becoming completely analogous to professional sports.

There’s no question the developer talent crunch has filtered down to our nation’s institutions of higher learning. Startups and established companies alike are jockeying to remove students from said institutions as quickly as possible, and to that end, they are plying them with free food and free Android pajamas (no, really). According to one student:  Read More