Have you been thinking about an MBA for entrepreneurship? I have.
But have you seen all the awesome resources for tech startups that are popping up in New York City?
Just three years ago, I struggled with the prospect of pursuing an MBA. Well back then, an MBA was really the only option for entrepreneurship other than just diving in and doing it… and I wasn’t ready at the time. I even studied for the GMAT for months and actually did pretty well. But then the Financial Crisis hit and gave me pause.
Less than a year ago, I discovered General Assembly via Startup Weekend NYC and my life has changed!
It started off with me joining the GA mailing list.
Then I learned about Quora, TechCrunch and followed all the important people to follow on Twitter, which gave me a good pulse on the market and taught me a lot of the lingo.
Through all that, I somehow found out about Startup Digest, which i read religiously now. It helps me snipe the classes I want most, and I genuinely try to take a class every 1-2 weeks, schedule permitting.
Then I started poking around the free content from AppSumo and Mixergy. I bought a few online courses, to learn the basics of Ruby, design/UI, and frankly a lot of random stuff that I am interested in.
Then suddenly Skillshare unleashed itself and BAM! I blinked and now I suddenly have tons of choices every week now… almost too many choices. So much to learn, so little time.
So back to the MBA? I dunno if I can justify the salary hit (x2 years) + cost of education… unless MAYBE it’s one of the very top programs. Paying “a la carte” is much cheaper and more specific to what I need now.People say the MBA is all fluff. I actually find that some of the classes I’m taking are too fluffy, so I can’t even imagine what an MBA class would be like now.I know I know, San Francisco is the place to be for tech startups.But the future is bright for New York Startups, led by FourSquare, Hunch, Etsy, Tumblr, Gilt Group, SkillShare and a host of others.
Oh yeah, how could I forget?
Now, Mayor Bloomberg is also looking to start a tech campus in New York City and hopefully, my alma mater is the favorite. To sign the petition to support Cornell, a NEW YORK school for NEW YORK CITY, sign it now!)
Why am I spending money on these classes?I look at it this way: I have an income. I can buy all these classes and courses while I have a “Real Job”. I can learn all the lingo and prepare as much as I can before I take the big leap……which I hope is coming real soon.
What do you think? Do other aspiring entrepreneurs still feel the need for an MBA?