Succeeding with Unusual College Degrees: 4 Entrepreneurs Share How They Did It


If you're in college right now studying something you love, don't worry so much about finding a job in the future. Here are 4 entrepreneurs who succeeded in business using their not-so-common degrees.

Practice and physics

Niccolo de Massi, executive chairman of Glu Mobile, a 3D gaming was a physics major

Back in college, they were trained to: quantify and solve problems; build predictive models; understand determinate and probabilistic systems; and turning theory into practice. Knowing these skills gave Niccolo an intellectual confidence that allowed him to calmly sit down in meetings and try to understand seemingly complex business problems and eventually find solutions. For him business requires the same core skill: the ability to turn theory into practice.

Anthropology and understanding

A colorful career taught Jamie Hodari the need to move fast in new and uncomfortable situations. Cofounder and CEO of Industrious, a company that offers private and hospitality-based co-working spaces for professionals and businesses.

The former journalist, corporate lawyer, hedge fund analyst and chief executive of both for profit and nonprofit organizations says that the ability to learn is central to having a successful career. Universities prepare us for the constant learning process in our careers and professions.

Anthropology according to Jamie offers an important discipline: understanding people. An essential skill in running a business, dealing with customers and team members.

Music, analysis and creativity

Georgina Hill credits her interest to technology and software development to her passion for music. As a music major, she focused on music technology and became familiar with identifying patterns and logic that made it easier understand programming.

Analytic and critical thinking is important when studying music because you work within the music theory which provides the rules and framework in writing musical compositions. The audience should appreciate whatever you're creating, like a positive customer experience,

Georgina is of growth at Weebly.

Points for philosophy

Philosophy major Richard Moross said it taught him how to make structured arguments that gives him confidence to present his case strongly and get his point across.

After college, he found few opportunities that suited him so he tried to be an entrepreneur.

Richard is CEO and founder of a print-on demand company called MOO. The company specializes in printing business cards.

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