Two years ago, however, I hired a Philosophy major. As it turns out, it could not have worked out better. Our resident Philosophy major was no stranger to hard work and analytical rigor.
My secret’s out of the bag: Maybe I’m on to a start-up hiring trend. Samidh Chakrabarti points out that several entrepreneurs I respect have Philosophy degrees, including Amol Sarva (Peek), Ken Reisman (TLists), Damon Horowitz (Aardvark), Patrick Byrne (Overstock), Josh Snyder (Treeline Labs), and Chris Dixon (Hunch). I can’t help but agree that students of Philosophy have many of the characteristics needed to succeed in an entrepreneurial environment. It’s great to see that these philosophical founders have already blazed a path. Maybe they can teach me a thing or two about where to find talent that has the desire, discipline and drive to start a company one day.
Therefore, this year, as we look for top new graduates to join our teams, we’ll be interviewing Philosophy majors in addition to the usual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math majors.
BTW: If you’re about to graduate from a top school with a STEMP degree, and would like to try your hand in the entrepreneurial world, please call me or email me your resume.