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Many academics think they can run companies better than tech CEOs. Some of them are right! They should start companies and prove it.
This is one of the least culturally studied aspects of tech.

Many tech CEOs and VCs would in another life have stayed professors, jurists, journalists.

This set includes Paul Graham, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Peter Thiel, Mike Moritz, and more.
Computer science collapsed the distinction between the word and the deed, and turned a generation of intellectuals into software CEOs.
Many of the people who might otherwise have been caustic critics, supercilious scholars, or imperious bureaucrats suddenly learned how hard it was to build things, to manage people, to turn a profit, to be the one in the arena.
This is why I think it is healthy for journalists to try their hand at seed investing, for professors to see what spinning out their IP actually entails, for scholars to try coding their ideal privacy policies, for economists to actually contribute to GDP.
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