I once had a close mentor tell me: “If you want to know what NOT to do in life, look at what the majority of the graduating class of Harvard Business School’s MBA [Masters in Business Administration] program is going into in terms of industry and focus”. While the anecdote is arguably somewhat overgeneralized, the overarching conclusion of the dialogue rings true. Whether its the simple fact that overcrowded (red-water) markets are often conducive to hosting bubbles, or that MBA students are predominantly finance-driven in curriculum rather than social or environmental/societal bottom lines. In the context of Silicon Valley, it quickly becomes clear that there is a leading indication the influx of new MBA talent into startups is waning when we examine Stanford’s GSB split between graduating class employment on Wall St. vs. Silicon Valley. Interestingly, looking Wharton-Penn graduates who are on the east coast shows a different story, with a higher proportion of graduates going to the valley, quite possibly a literal manifestation of the “grass-is-always greener” mentality. Regardless, I submit that by looking at both the east coast and west coast graduation rate of these top schools, we can examine the insular and exterior confidence in the valley, and predict its growth and future efficacy as a world influencer and power.
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