Quit college to send the right signal

  Top venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz looks into four things when considering an investment: the idea, the entrepreneur, the market, and the business model. When it comes to the entrepreneur, the single most important quality is courage.  Ben Horowitz believes only those with courage will stick with it when the going inevitably gets tough…

Peyton Manning, Chip Kelly, and strategy versus execution

I enjoy watching football and I naturally connect typically non-business things in life to business (Game of Thrones, sports, the ocean…). As I watched Peyton Manning’s Broncos systematically destroy Chip Kelly’s Eagles yesterday, some ideas I have been mulling related to success came to mind. These thoughts involve the relationship between strategy and execution. Specifically,…

Lessons from German engineers

Here at Praxis, we believe that you don’t have to sacrifice real-world experience while gaining an education. In fact, we’re here to prove the two go hand-in-hand. Earlier this week, the BBC published a story on engineering apprenticeship programs which are popular in Germany. These programs combine real-world engineering experience with university education. Participants in…

It’s not about getting discovered

People who get “discovered” are usually found while they’re in the middle of doing something constructive. It’s pretty hard to discover someone when they’re hiding in the shadows waiting for permission to be creative or when they’re blending in the with crowd because they’re too afraid make unconventional choices.. Success is a reward for creating…

Spontaneous order and what it means for education and entrepreneurship

A few interesting articles I recently came across… This from Forbes, about lessons of entrepreneurship from the study of complex systems. [T]he environment, the human brain, the economy, and other complex systems have much in common: Order in them emerges not from top-down command and control but bottom-up from the interactions of large numbers of interconnected elements.  These…