How Entrepreneurs Can Make the Most of Business School

Despite the sizable commitment an MBA requires in terms of time and money, there are positive steps you can take to guide a business education toward launching a start up. 

What's the Latest Development?

Some argue that getting an MBA is a mistake if you want to start a business. They say the process kills creativity, wastes time and imposes a huge financial burden. Whether that is right or wrong, co-founder Jay Bhatti offers some tips on how to use the MBA process wisely to help start your own business. "Only get an MBA from a top-5 school," he says. "An MBA is expensive and time consuming. It's just not worth the opportunity cost going to a school that does not have access to the best professors, highest quality students, or influential alumni."

What's the Big Idea?

Of course, there are exceptions to that rule, not the least of which is that fact that the leaders of Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle do not even have a college degree. But if you are in an MBA, you should (1) take advantage of as many 'tech treks' as possible, visiting places like Silicon Valley, New York, Japan, or other tech hot-spots; (2) base all your elective classes around a start up idea, applying your best business concept even if you do not have that killer idea yet; (3) save money during your MBA experience so you can begin launching your start up as soon as you graduate.

Photo credit:

​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

Big Think Edge
  • Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
  • At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
  • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
Keep reading Show less

Is this why time speeds up as we age?

We take fewer mental pictures per second.

(MPH Photos/giphy/yShutterstock/Big Think)
Mind & Brain
  • Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
  • In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
  • The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
Keep reading Show less

Trauma in childhood leads to empathy in adulthood

It's not just a case of "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

Mind & Brain

  • A new study suggests children who endure trauma grow up to be adults with more empathy than others.
  • The effect is not universal, however. Only one kind of empathy was greatly effected.
  • The study may lead to further investigations into how people cope with trauma and lead to new ways to help victims bounce back.
Keep reading Show less

Why are so many objects in space shaped like discs?

It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?

  • Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
  • Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
  • Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.