This ranking of universities looks roughly correct. The big mistake in the artic... | by Paul Graham

Paul Graham

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This ranking of universities looks roughly correct. The big mistake in the article is the claim that the higher ranked universities are better at "producing" founders. t.co/mad4l20LMV

In fact the recipe for having the most founders is simply to be (a) a great science and engineering school (b) in a place with lots of startups. The latter accounts for the difference between e.g. Stanford and CMU, not something Stanford does to prepare founders.

This has practical implications. It shows that there are a lot of students at schools like CMU who could start successful startups, but don't.

So if you're a CMU (or Cambridge or Johns Hopkins or University of Chicago) undergrad unsure whether to take that job at Google or start your own startup, start the startup, because the you who went to Stanford will.

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