I was browsing the Merc today and came across this interesting article titled “San Jose Mercury News – Forget the Ivy League: Most valley CEOs went public” about how two-thirds of the CEOs at the largest public companies in Silicon Valley got their undergraduate degrees at public institutions. It was a good read in terms of the backgrounds of folks who lead the top public companies here in Silicon Valley. A few other interesting facts:
-The 150 CEOs in this study have a total of 266 degrees, or almost 2 degrees per person.
-50% of these CEOs have degrees in computer science or engineering fields
-About one-third of these CEOs have undergraduate degrees in electrical engineering. That says as much about the Valley as it does about the folks who ultimately succeed here.
There are lots of other good nuggets in the article about how top companies think about hiring undergraduate talent from top schools vs public institutions.
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