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Study finds most startup founders to be highly educated

New trend – skip college, found a startup?

With the rise in visibility of tech startups, many believe that college kids are dropping out to follow in the Steve Jobs and Bill Gates footsteps in lieu of completing their education. Tech advocates are encouraging brilliant kids to skip the debt of college and pursue their startup dreams, but are they following this advice? There is a growing belief that startup founders are starry eyed kids that live at home with their parents, and while there is a number of dreamers in that boat, most tech startup founders are highly educated, intelligent and driven.

Gist.com said, “We all know the college dropout/tech-hero legends of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and the late Steve Jobs. But what does the data really show us about this ‘we don’t need no education’ techie urban legend? Sure that recent history would reveal the cold hard facts and that data would support them — we got to work on this infographic comparing education and success rates among Y Combinator and TechStars founders with varying education levels. The data will surprise you.”

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Marti Trewe reports on business and technology news, chasing his passion for helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to stay well informed in the fast paced 140-character world. Marti rarely sleeps and thrives on reader news tips, especially about startups and big moves in leadership.

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