Friday, December 12, 2008

Michael Malone in the Santa Clara Magazine

My alma mater's publication, the Santa Clara Magazine, continues to impress. This month's issue had a great essay by Michael Malone, who believes America's future depends on its continued willingness to encourage entrepreneurs:

Half of all new college graduates now believe that self-employment is more secure than a full-time job. Eighty percent of the colleges and universities in the United States now offer courses on entrepreneurship. Sixty percent of Gen Y business owners consider themselves to be serial entrepreneurs. And, most tellingly, 18- to 24-year-olds are now starting companies at a faster rate than 35- to 44-year-olds.

Don’t think that the rest of Generation Y is still dreaming of a gold watch: 70 percent of today’s high schoolers intend to start their own companies.

It looks like the new college grads aren't buying into the seniority paradigm. That's what I like about Santa Clara County--with all the new people here from so many different places, corporate seniority is less respected. Results, not tenure, are what count, which is the way a meritocracy ought to work.

Of course, I had to pick the one profession, law, where seniority does count. Sigh.

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