Last updated on: 11/26/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Christian Yang Biography

Title:
Cofounder of ReelSurfer
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"
Reasoning:

“Steve Jobs did it in 1972. Bill Gates did it in 1974. More recently, so did Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey… In recent years, dropping out [of college] to pursue a tech startup has become the new American Dream… I’m here to say *don’t* do it – do NOT drop out of school… It’s pretty easy to come up with success stories, but what proportion of the whole do they actually make up? If we use wealth as a measure of success, Forbes’ January 2012 edition reveals that about 85% of America’s 400 Richest People… do, in fact, have a college degree… I looked through this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 in the Tech category and an overwhelming 92.5% stuck to school. Even in a fuzzy category like Art & Style, 87% had undergraduate degrees or better.”

“DON’T Drop out to Do a Startup,” blogchristianyang.com, Jan. 2, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Cofounder, ReelSurfer, 2008-present
  • Director of Technology, Emeritus, Supporting Initiatives to Redistribute Unused Medicine (SIRUM), 2008-present
  • Software Design Engineer, Program Manager, Microsoft, 2006-2012
  • Software Engineer, Google, 2006-2008
  • Systems Designer, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005-2008
Education:
  • BS, Computer Systems Engineering and Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
  • Graduated Miramonte High School
Contact Info:
Phone
650-488-7434
Email
None found
Website
Christian Yang's blog
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Is a College Education Worth It?