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September 01, 2005



Paul, I'm reminded of this speech, which supposedly Larry Ellison had given at Yale in front of a graduating class.

The letter that was circulated is an obvious piece of fiction, although I know enough about Larry Ellison to see why people would not put a act like that past the realm of possibility.

I have been in many arguments with people where I was determined to stress my point that a person with a college degree has less of a chance to get a job then someone who has work experience or a nice portfolio to back them up. I still think this is true, however if I could have gone to school rather then be a high school dropout who went strait into the job market then I would have loved to do so. I did at least get to go to a community college for a few semesters before I moved off to Silicon Valley to watch the dot com bubble burst.

The experience and networking possibilities alone are probably worth going. Just remember to stay on top of all of the latest advances to technology and development tools. In 1 - 2 years time the playing field can change quite a bit.

Best of luck to you. I would be lying if I said I wasn't the least bit jealous.

Paul Dix

Thanks! I plan on staying current. Some freelance consulting in addition to my ISV efforts should help keep me up to date. In the meantime, I'm just going to enjoy college life.

Michael Sica

Congrats and best of luck. If you've got the ability to do what you said you're about to do (go back to school and work on a startup), then more power to you!

Unlike Collin, I'm not the least bit jealous. I'm DAMN jealous. ;)

Good luck!

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