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Disrupting the Entrepreneurial Process

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Since when did university become places to churn out mindless working drones for BFC’s (Big F**kin’ companies)? The verticals that have been built in universities that are based on profession have completely deviated from the humanities, which teach skills transferable to any job. Unfortunately, students, like me, have been put through a system that encourages herd behavior instead of a culture of innovation and leadership. We have been so closed from each other that we rarely get to work with people of different skillsets until we hit the “real” world. I believe projects should be cross-disciplinary. Perhaps, a business major teams up with a computer science major and an advertising major to create the next best IPhone app that you’ll be Tweeting about tomorrow. Maybe a fashion designer joins an architect to build an art museum with inspiration from the history of fashion. There’s no end to the combination of creativity that can occur when diverse minds come to bear. It’s the system itself that has given students a hard time finding the expertise they need for competent cofounders. Schools like Babson have turned initiatives into full blown colleges where every student has their own venture; a trial by fire. Now finding mentors is even harder. The city is the “real” world and has an ecosystem of its own, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are millions of interactions made possible by an open accessible campus and city that allows students to get out of its “bubble”. Imagine a platform that could bridge the gap from capitalism 1.0 into capitalism 2.0, where resources are distributed and democratic. I dream of a world that doesn’t stand for stop-gap solutions, but gets to the heart of the problem and proposes many solutions, and allowing anyone to learn how to create wealth. No longer a world where you are born at the top, but where anyone can share their idea, find a team, execute, and prosper. There will be less for-profit focus and more for-benefit focus. So far there are many scattered solutions springing up: Startup America Partnership, Angel List, Y Combinator, but what will horizontally integrate them all to make one hub for easy collaboration and action?


Jonathan Van CEO uThinkTank

Future15 Speaker: Disrupting the Entrepreneurial Process

CEO of startup called uThinkTank where we strive to spread the ideavirus that every student can change the world in addition to giving them the tools necessary to do so. Watch out for us expanding from UT and beyond. What starts here changes the world.

I'm a Marketing/MIS major at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

I'm a student entrepreneur. I'm a connector. I'm obsessed with creation of wealth and value. I am relentlessly resourceful. I'm constantly curious.

I believe Peter Diamandis' Laws and his theory of Abundance. I believe anything is possible with the right people, technology, and capital. I believe and strive for singularity and an optimal way for technology and man to co-exist and co-evolve.

I'm obsessed with the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Now that's a lot of "I's," so how can I help YOU?

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." - Marianne Williamson

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