“Is College Necessary for Entrepreneurs?” While there are certainly good arguments for both sides, it’s a fact that a college degree does not guarantee success.There are countless determined entrepreneurs who have proven that success can be achieved despite a lack of higher education. There are hundreds (if not thousands) more entrepreneurs who have achieved success without a college a degree. The following entrepreneurs have made their way to the top without college education.
David Karp, founder of Tumblr. Dropped out of school at 15, then homeschooled. Did not attend college.
Bram Cohen, BitTorrent developer. Attended State University of New York at Buffalo for a year.
Ashley Qualls, founder of Whateverlife. com. Left high school at the age of 15 to devote herself to building her website business. She was worth more than a million dollars by 17.
Jake Nickell, co-founder and CEO of Threadless.com. Did not graduate from college.
Kevin Rose, founder of Digg.com. Dropped out of college during his second year.
Larry Ellison, billionaire co-founder of Oracle software company. Dropped out of two different colleges.
Richard Schulze, Best Buy founder. Did not attend college.
Tom Anderson, co-founder and “friend” of MySpace. Dropped out of high school.
Pete Cashmore, founder of Mashable. com at the age of 19.
Shawn Fanning, developer of Napster. Dropped out of college at the age of 19.
Ted Murphy, founder of social media company Izea Entertainment. Dropped out of college.
Dustin Moskovitz, multi-millionaire co-founder of Facebook. Harvard dropout.