$100,000 to Drop Out of College
Laura Deming, a 17 year-old undergraduate, was paid $100,000 by a California venture capitalist to leave her university. The offer is part of a bold business/education experiment.
What's the Latest Development?
Laura Deming, a 17 year-old undergraduate student, recently left MIT to pursue a venture capitalist career in California. The child prodigy, who learned calculus at 11 and was helping perform genetic research at age 12, now looks for donors willing to back new research into curing age-related disease. A large part of Deming's inspiration came from billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who is offering a select group of students $100,000 each to drop out of college. A small dilemma Deming faces is not being legally old enough to sign up investors.
What's the Big Idea?
Thiel's anti-scholarship, if you will, is a bold business/education experiment following from his view that today's higher education system is ball and chain which leaves students shackled with too much debt to strike out on their own. Receiving Thiel's funds requires a two-year fellowship during which young individuals must promise to stay out of college. Some of Thiel's chosen students have already seen success: Eden Full, 19, won $260,000 for her efforts to improve solar energy in developing countries.
Photo credit: shutterstock.com
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
Detailed (and beautiful) information on 57 million crop fields across the U.S. and Europe are now available online.
- Using satellite images and artificial intelligence, OneSoil wants to make 'precision farming' available to the world.
- The start-up from Belarus has already processed the U.S. and Europe, and aims for global coverage by 2020.
- The map is practical, and more — browse 'Random Beautiful Fields' at the touch of a button.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.