By Larry Chiang
Bad news MIT.
Paul Graham threw up his arms and left you.
Maybe he did not think MIT was good, maybe he believed the stereotype that MIT students build cool stuff for the PrePubescent boyish vanity of building cool stuffs. Yes, the plural of stuff is stuffs. Mr Paul and his organization, Y combinator have left you for Palo Alto.
Relax and do not fret MIT.
You’re one keynote and 22 pieces of French toast away from making the transition from engineer to entrepreneur. It’s the journey that took my father, Remmington Oxley IV aka R4Ox4, 20+ years.
Remember that for as great of a tech institution that MIT allegedly and purportedly is, all y’all see
– MIT is incredibly limp in entrepreneur energy. At MIT’s tEqualsZero conference, half the speakers canceled because no one coordinated and wrangled them after the emailed invite
– Me, I showed up to speak anyway because that is my MO (modus operandi. It’s Latin for mode of operation)
– MIT is incredibly administrator heavy
– MIT’s frown on low brow activities like sales, selling and doing a E145 lemonade stand business
– MIT’s are ok with the cliche of working for Harvard alum or worse A Street Smart Harvard athletics econ majors. Or female MBAs from HBS (heck I’d be ok with leaving my role at Stanford, 12 board positions, ceo at Duck9 or my cash GP position as a VC. Err I mean cush position.
This is the point in the formulaic Larry Chiang blog post where I execute and solve a problem. Your problem.
But I won’t.
I too am like Paul Graham.
But like Star Wars episode iv, all y’all do have a new hope. I’ll be leading up the effort to recruit a VC intern to park at Polaris. Magic spews out of Polaris Dog Patch Labs’ Gua Gua Guacamole Pit.
YOU will be conjuring up entrepreneur magic in method and manner that will impress Paul Graham. Impress me this summer and I’ll wrote you a recommendation letter (it’ll be the first ever, because Larry Chiang doesn’t wrote recommendation letters– I mean why wrote you a recommendation when I wrote you a blog post?!)
Do well and I’ll write you a recommendation letter for Paul Graham’s y-Combinator.
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