Education

Liberal Arts and Humanities Education: Who Is Right—Bill Gates, or the Late Steve Jobs?

When students asked me what subjects they should major in to become a tech entrepreneur, I would say engineering, mathematics, and science. I used to believe that education in these fields was a prerequisite for innovation, and that engineers made the best entrepreneurs. That…

WSJ: Debunking the Myth of the Dorm-Room Billionaire

During the mid-‘90s, cardiologist and researcher David Albert had the idea to develop a handheld device that displays an electrocardiogram. He believed that this would save lives by providing immediate information to patients wherever they were. In those days, even the most powerful handheld…

MOOCs, sensors, apps and games: The revolution in education innovation

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been touted by some as the breakthrough that will transform education. Top universities such as MIT, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley are scrambling to make their lectures available online. Gov. Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) described one such program…

WSJ: The Truth About the ‘Age Premium’

 They don’t prepare you for this in college or admit it in job interviews. The harsh reality is that if you are middle-aged, write computer code for a living, and earn a six-figure salary, you’re headed for the unemployment lines. Your market value declines…

LinkedIn: Look Before You Leap Into That MBA

My Wall Street Journal article about why I discourage students who want to become entrepreneurs from doing an MBA provoked a far stronger reaction than I expected. The vast majority of the emails and comments were in agreement — including from business-school professors. What shocked me…

WSJ: Vivek Wadhwa: Why I Don’t Advise Startups to Hire M.B.A.s

  I have no doubt that my M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business was one of the best investments I ever made. It helped me climb the corporate ladder and become an entrepreneur. As a tech executive, I would readily pay…

Washington Post: Ray Kurzweil on the future workforce

By Vivek Wadhwa & Ray Kurzweil, Published: November 15 Singularity University, on the grounds of the NASA Research Center at Moffett Field in Silicon Valley, abounds in optimism, and, as Singularity’s Vice President of Innovation and Research, I have understandably caught the bug. I have written…

Read Write: Obama and Romney Should Quit Worrying About China And Start Worrying About Education

In the presidential debates both candidates focused much of their energy on job creation and the future of America. They missed the third part of that equation, namely, the role immigrant entrepreneurs play in economic growth—and why the exodus of these highly-educated workers is…

Mashable: Dear Peter Thiel: Let’s Fix College, the Right Way

Dear Peter Thiel: We disagree on whether college is necessary. First we debated whether too many kids go to college last October, and we just duked it out on CBS 60 Minutes. Judging by the feedback, America is deeply divided on this issue. Most…

Washington Post: Peter Thiel sings siren song to America’s youth

Attention high school graduates with dreams of becoming a doctor: That’s a bad idea. Instead, become a plumber. You’ll make more money. If you think that sounds crazy, that’s because it is. But that’s precisely the message noted investor and Libertarian Peter Thiel intoned…

CBS News/60 Minutes: Partying and its benefits

May 20, 2012 4:00 PM Entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, who teaches at Duke and Stanford, explains how the social skills gained in college actually help Americans get ahead.

CBS News/60 Minutes: Dropping out: Is college worth the cost?

May 20, 2012 7:02 PM (CBS News) One of the wealthiest, best-educated American entrepreneurs, Peter Thiel, isn’t convinced college is worth the cost. With only half of recent U.S. college graduates in full-time jobs, and student loans now at $1 trillion, Thiel has come…