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Wharton: “Where Entrepreneurship Comes to Die”

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We’ve covered the ongoing debate over “teaching” entrepreneurship. Now we have a report from the front lines.

Ravi Mishra, a University of Pennsylvania junior double majoring in engineering and business who still describes his location as “Silicon Valley, California”, writes a blog post titled Where Entrepreneurship Comes to Die.

He tears apart his fellow b-schoolers’ business ideas with an entertaining vengeance usually only seen in a venture capitalist (I wonder what he scored on the VCAT), which includes building the craigslist for college students (as if craigslist isn’t the craigslist for college students) and a plan to bring the campus meal plan off campus.

Yet Ravi doesn’t lay all the blame on his Ivy compatriots. He says of the class:

And Penn wonders why their precious school doesn’t churn out high profile start ups. So where’s the problem? In this case, part of it is apparent: the class itself is atrocious. For half a semester, I’ve listened to our Professor use the same Marketing 101 buzzwords in an attempt to describe what is different about getting the word out for start ups. And, for that half a semester, he’s really said nothing.

Is this an example of teaching entrepreneurship gone wrong or is teaching entrepreneurship a hopeless pursuit altogether? Or, perhaps, does Ravi just not recognize truly genius business ideas?

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