The degrees of South African tech entrepreneurs

Beachless

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No dropouts? That's disappointing.
To be fair none of those are unique innovations (maybe Shuttleworth) like Gates, Zuckerburg etc mentioned in the article. A business degree makes sense when starting a normal business.
 

Ecco

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Only 1 MBA in the list. Would be interesting to see the business schools thoughts on this.
 

krycor

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Depends what u want out of the MBA. The old days of an MBA being a golden ticket is mostly over unless you are connected politically (better than matric haha) but then if you getting one you likely good especially if as a 2ndary to a specialist/profession.

Back to what I was saying.. It's about what you want from the degree. The BCom guys would likely benefit the least pending what they studied where as the eng etc would gain a lot. I reckon the expectation was wrong based on title.. Entrepreneurs. i.e. Guys that need to start a company from scratch and unsurprisingly technical skill is what's need more.. but business skill is also with the latter often picked up or gotten from vc. Look at tech startups in the US you see they sometimes lack the business side of things and with the tech startup bubble getting ready to go boom you see the ones which lack business skills at the top or just bad ideas bursting.
 

WaxLyrical

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So no need for a business qualification
Those looking to study for an MBA have no entrepreneurial ambitions because if they did, they'd use that R200k tuition fee to start a business and be their own boss.
But once MBA is achieved its time to look for a job to work for someone who in all likelyhood doesn't even know what an MBA is.
 

Swa

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Well, the real point nobody has touched on here is that most have degrees not related to their field so their are unqualified. I think most just do their degrees because they don't know what to do or have a different career in mind then something else comes along.
 
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