8 thoughts on “What Do Don Draper and GitHub Have In Common?”

      1. Didn’t Microsoft do the same thing in the early 90’s. I seem to recall that they were accused of hiring the “smartest” not because they had jobs for them but only to get them out of startups and competition. Which I called intellectual inbreeding back then. Now back to, is MS dead or a thriving company … intellectually.

      2. Om,

        Your response is a nice little sound-bite, but it is sorely lacking in substance.

        Firstly, we don’t know the exact ratio of ‘pedigreed’ vs ‘non-pedigreed’ people at FB. Last I heard, most of the new hires at FB, especially in senior positions were people with great degrees and pedigree. Remember, the found himself is from Harvard. Just because FB may not be as fanatic about educational background as Google doesn’t mean the majority of people at FB don’t have a fine education.

        Secondly, FB is nowhere close to Google in how much social and non-social data it has about people. Your repeated attempts to compare and equate Google and FB is beginning to sound like the way the US government historically compared and equated India and Pakistan for any and every topic. You know as well as anybody else how pointless that comparison is.

        A S

  1. Great post. Though I am probably biased as it reflects my view and feelings and also reality working in web development sector. Diploma is rarely asked. Portfolio and test term in which your skills are tested is a norm.

  2. Om,

    I think you could have made the point of this post without bashing on college education. At a time when the rest of the country seems to be losing sight of the importance of education and being anti-intellectual is encouraged among the common people, it is important that people in the tech industry don’t start bashing on education.

    I doubt that companies like Google, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, FB, etc. would have been started merely by people being social and sharing, without going to good schools, without having a good educational background (even if it was at the highschool-level) and emphasis on education from their parents.

    This is a dangerous line of argument to make in these times.

    A S

    1. I don’t think he bashed an education. He just emphasized why accomplishments and abilities are more important than education.

  3. Traditionally, the industry and academia have always been slow in catching up with each other. Often, it can take many years for cutting edge academic research to find its way to industrial applications. Conversely, industrial innovations take many years to make it into college textbooks. That doesn’t mean they should look down on each other.

    In these modern times, when the pace of industrial changes and innovations has become extremely fast, academics have been a little slow in catching up. But make no mistake, the majority of people who keep the tech industry up and running are people with proper educational backgrounds. No start-up company makes it truly big and continues to grow and sustain for years and decades without the help of ‘professional management’, ‘professional enginneers’ and other professionals. These professionals are all usually well-schooled people. If not for them, the start-up would remain an unstable, medium-sized company at best.

    A S

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