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Wharton: "Where Entrepreneurship Comes to Die"

We've covered the ongoing debate over "teaching" entrepreneurship. Now we have a report from the front lines.

Ravi Mishra, a University of Pennsylvania junior double majoring in engineering and business who still describes his location as "Silicon Valley, California", writes a blog post titled Where Entrepreneurship Comes to Die.

He tears apart his fellow b-schoolers' business ideas with an entertaining vengeance usually only seen in a venture capitalist (I wonder what he scored on the VCAT), which includes building the craigslist for college students (as if craigslist isn't the craigslist for college students) and a plan to bring the campus meal plan off campus.

Yet Ravi doesn't lay all the blame on his Ivy compatriots. He says of the class:

And Penn wonders why their precious school doesn't churn out high profile start ups. So where's the problem? In this case, part of it is apparent: the class itself is atrocious. For half a semester, I've listened to our Professor use the same Marketing 101 buzzwords in an attempt to describe what is different about getting the word out for start ups. And, for that half a semester, he's really said nothing.

Is this an example of teaching entrepreneurship gone wrong or is teaching entrepreneurship a hopeless pursuit altogether? Or, perhaps, does Ravi just not recognize truly genius business ideas?

Posted by Greg Galant on Dec 5, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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Thanks for the link and glad to have contributed to the ongoing debate (though I can't say that was my objective). I'd love to talk more about it with people who are interested. Feel free to comment on the post and email me at ravimishra at gmail dot com. And Greg, I sure would like to know how you found my blog in the first place...

Posted by: Ravi at December 6, 2006 8:46 PM

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