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Entrepreneur academic stage data
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.|
- Entrepreneurship and college attendance by Jonah Sinick (wiki co-author). Content from there will eventually be incorporated in modified form here.