Should startups hire MBAs? The great debate continues!

Investment banking and management consulting positions still capture the career interest of many MBA students and grads.

Harvard Business School - Baker Library

Harvard Business School – Baker Library

However, over the last several years there’s been a focus at many business schools to beef up their entrepreneurship programs as more and more MBAs want to strike out on their own or join a startup after graduation.

Should startups hire MBAs?

Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz thinks so, one reason being that he thinks the world largely beat the arrogance, overconfidence and sense of entitlement out of the current crop of MBAs. (his words, not ours! 🙂

Others aren’t so excited about the prospect of hiring MBAs. For example, Matt Robinson, Founder of GoCardless, would never hire an MBA for his startup and shares the reasoning in this post.

What do you think? Are you an MBA degree holder or a hiring manager at a startup? Let us know in the Comments below.

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