Last updated on: 12/10/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Sean Parker Biography

Title:
Cofounder of Napster and founding president of Facebook
Position:
Con to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"
Reasoning:

“Radical innovation is suffering. We need to foster a generation of innovators. If your goal is to become an entrepreneur, it would seem that college has become a very bad place to do that… The academic world has historically been one of the few places where you could try things and have big ideas. One of the consequences of modernity is this hyper-specialization. The college experience is not incredibly helpful and is perhaps less helpful than it used to be… There’s definitely like an incredible importance to a well-rounded education, people learning about a whole range of topics… This is definitely the case for people like Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerburg. Like they’ve learned how to learn on their own outside of a structured environment.”

CNBC interview for “20 under 20: Transforming Tomorrow,” foundercode.com, 2013

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Cofounder and executive chairman, Airtime, 2011-present
  • Board member, Votizen, 2010-present
  • Board member, Spotify, 2010-present
  • Board member, Yammer, 2009-present
  • Executive General Partner, Founders Fund, 2006-present
  • Cofounder, Causes, 2007-present
  • Investor, $15 million, Spotify, 2010
  • Board member, ooma, 2007
  • Founding President, Facebook, 2004-2005
  • Cofounder and President, Plaxo, November 2002-2004
  • Cofounder, Napster, 1999-2002
  • Former intern for Freeloader founder Mark Pincus [while Parker was in high school]
Education:
  • High school diploma, Chantilly High School, 1996
Contact Info:
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Website
Facebook Page
Other:
  • Sean Parker’s net worth was $2 billion as of Sep. 2013
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is a College Education Worth It?