Steve Blank Discusses Origin And Future Of Lean Startup Movement - Page 3
Do You Need MBA To Be A Startup Warrior?
One of my first posts was entitled, “The MBA Education And Other Oxymorons.” MBA’s are frequent targets of derision in the startup world, as their career expectations are often misaligned with the scrappy reality of most venture’s early days.
Steve provides a thoughtful and nuanced explanation as to why business schools often fail when they attempt to teach entrepreneurship. ”My position is fairly radical... that says, ‘No. Most of the things you learn on how to execute (at) a company are actually destructive in the first year or two at a startup; eventually they converge. But you need a different body of knowledge that you will not get as a Business School Professor consulting for large corporations. This is why entrepreneurship in universities… are helped when they are taught by adjuncts with startup entrepreneurial experience either as venture capitalists or as retired entrepreneurs.”
As a retired serial entrepreneur and current venture capitalist who teaches entrepreneurship at UC Santa Barbara, I could not agree with Steve more.
I strongly encourage emerging entrepreneurs to seek out all of the books referenced by Steve during our talk, especially the newest of the bunch, The Startup Owner’s Manual.