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Entrepreneur academic stage data

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This page collates available data on the last academic stage that startup entrepreneurs reached before they quit studies to move full-time into their startups.

Entrepreneur name Known for Last academic stage completed More details
Mark Zuckerberg Principal founder of Facebook Two years as an undergraduate at Harvard University (left in 2004) Facebook, which launched on February 4, 2004, had already reached about a million users in August 2004 when Zuckerberg decided not to return. In the period February-May 2004, while Facebook was still young, Zuckerberg was juggling working on Facebook with his academic course load.
Dustin Moskovitz Co-founder of Facebook, later co-founded Asana Two years as an undergraduate at Harvard University (left in 2004) Was involved in Facebook's backend code from shortly after Zuckerberg started it. Made the decision to drop out along with Zuckerberg.
Bill Gates Co-founder of Microsoft, one of the world's richest people Two years (second year not complete?) as an undergraduate at Harvard University Gates started his company after dropping out. However, he already had impressive accomplishments, including solving an unsolved problem on pancake sorting, and a lot of experience programming (at a time when personal computers didn't exist). Gates also had supportive wealthy parents.

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