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Despite the difficulty of making his way in Silicon Valley, the Latino who decides to undertake his path there will find more support than in the past.

Numerous partnerships accompany new Latino entrepreneurs to further their success in the difficult world of start-ups.

[OP-ED]: What happens when you pay entrepreneurial teenagers $100,000 to not go to college?

 03/02/2017 - 15:06
Wall Street Journal reporter Alexandra Wolfe tells us how it all panned out for the first class of “Thiel Fellows” in her deliciously detailed book “Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story.”

In 2011, billionaire Peter Thiel made headlines when he announced that he would pay 20 teenagers $100,000 each to drop out or delay college and start businesses in biotechnology, finance, energy and education.

Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, a venture capitalist and early investor in Facebook, wanted to underscore his belief that college costs too much, isn’t as intellectually rigorous as it once was, and leaves recent grads burdened with student loans that keep them from taking the entrepreneurial risks needed to spur the economy.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: ¿Qué pasa cuando se les paga 100.000 dólares a adolescentes para que no vayan a la universidad?

 03/02/2017 - 15:02
La reportera del Wall Street Journal, Alexandra Wolfe, nos cuenta cómo resultó la experiencia de la primera clase de “Fellows de Thiel”, en un libro deliciosamente detallado titulado: “Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story”.

En 2001, el multimillonario Peter Thiel hizo noticia cuando anunció que pagaría 100.000 dólares a 20 adolescentes, si abandonaban sus estudios universitarios o los retrasaban para iniciar empresas de biotecnología, finanzas, energía y educación.

Thiel, co-fundador de PayPal, capitalista de riesgo e inversor temprano de Facebook, quería recalcar su creencia de que la universidad cuesta demasiado, no es intelectualmente rigurosa como lo era antes y deja a los graduados con la carga de préstamos universitarios que les impiden asumir los riesgos necesarios para activar la economía.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Meaningful work need not be ‘fun’

 02/16/2017 - 10:21
Snagging a decent paying job as an accountant, lawyer, engineer, doctor or any sort of analyst takes an awful lot of time and intellectual effort, none of which could accurately be described as “fun.”

My students know I care deeply about them. They know I love to joke around and keep things interesting as we investigate topics they might find dry. But they also know I am waging a one-woman crusade against “fun.”

It’s not that I don’t like to have fun, it’s just that young people moving from high school to college and, ultimately, into adult life have to understand that achievement -- be it academic or career-related -- is hard work. And hard work is many things, like character-building, but rarely is it giggles-all-day fun.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: El trabajo gratificante no es necesariamente “divertido”

 02/16/2017 - 07:35
Obtener un puesto de remuneración decente como contador, abogado, ingeniero, médico o cualquier tipo de analista, requiere una enorme cantidad de tiempo y de esfuerzo intelectual, ninguno de los cuales puede describirse correctamente como “diversión”.

Mis estudiantes saben que ellos son muy importantes para mí. Saben que me encanta hacer bromas y que intento hacer interesantes los temas áridos. Pero también saben que libro una batalla unipersonal contra lo “divertido”.

No es que no me guste divertirme, es que los jóvenes que pasan de la secundaria a la universidad y, finalmente, a la adultez, deben entender que para triunfar--ya sea en los estudios o en la carrera--hay que trabajar arduamente. Y el trabajo arduo puede ser muchas cosas, pero pocas veces provoca risas de diversión.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

Trump Meets with the Nation's Top Tech Executives

 12/15/2016 - 04:49

President-elect Donald Trump met with the nation’s tech elite to discuss future ways of collaboration between the White House and the tech industry.
The gathering included Jeff Bezos of Amazon; Elon Musk of Tesla; Timothy D. Cook of Apple; Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook; Larry Page and Eric Schmidt of Alphabet, Google’s parent company; and Satya Nadella of Microsoft, among others.

Disrupting Burguers

 12/07/2016 - 03:48

Can Silicon Valley disrupt the fast-food industry? Well, for those entrepreneurs who dream to 'save the world', motivations are strong: reduce meat consumption and eliminate foods that have big environmental and social impacts, like processed food or heavy dependent on intensive agriculture.