Worried that student founders have become so absorbed in their fledgling companies that they are missing out on course work and campus life, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business is asking M.B.A. students to curb their startup ambitions until graduation and focus on getting their degrees. That is proving to be a tall order in a program frequently visited by venture capitalists who work on nearby Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Calif. In recent years nearly all Stanford M.B.A.s took entrepreneurship courses and 16% of this year’s M.B.A. class founded a new company...Yet some school leaders now wonder whether the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of startups. Founding a company can bring heartaches, and the vast majority of student ventures fail, said [Dean Garth] Saloner. [WSJ]
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