Stanford can’t seem to stay out of the news these days. The New Yorker has just published an in depth feature on Stanford’s entrepreneurial culture with a piece titled “Get Rich U.” The article is far more nuanced than the headline might indicate. Many national news sources have sought to explain the connection between Stanford and Silicon Valley, but Ken Auletta is the first to capture Stanford’s culture with such remarkable precision.
The piece contemplates the conflict between Stanford’s “Silicon-Valley” mindset and the ideals of a liberal arts education. Stanford has emerged as the most practical university in America, but many of Auletta’ interviewees suggest that something is being lost in the process.
Check it out. I’ll bet you know one of the many students quoted.
(The article is entitled “Get Rich U.”)