2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Should You Drop Out of School to Start a Company?

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As the average student loan debt rises over $30,000 and options such as starting a company become more feasible for college-aged entrepreneurs, more young people will consider dropping out of college altogether. This panel will discuss multiple perspectives surrounding this question, including the value of staying in school for starting a company to dropping out to accelerate a career in entrepreneurship.



Andrew O'Hara

Founder & CEO

Chiron Health

Andy O’Hara is the Founder and CEO of Chiron Health. A native of Iowa City, IA, Andy completed his bachelor’s degree in Finance at the University of Iowa. He spent the next four years as a stock analyst at William Blair & Company, a Chicago-based investment bank, covering the healthcare IT sector. While in Chicago, Andy also began a master’s degree in Medical Informatics at Northwestern University. Following this, Andy enrolled in the full-time MBA program at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, but took a leave from the program in October 2013 to found Chiron Health. In his free time, Andy enjoys playing music (primarily piano and guitar) and is an avid skier and tennis player.


Cam Houser


3 Day Startup


Connie Bourassa-Shaw

Dir, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

University of Washington


Michael Gibson

VP of Grants & Investor Rel

Thiel Foundation

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