College is as much about the experience as it is the academics.  It’s a process that gives you the skills to succeed in both the personal and professional spectrum.  Here, some of the most successful CEOs and innovators in the world of cutting edge technology share their advice.

 

Jeff Bezos, Amazon, CEO

 

A graduate of Princeton, Jeff Bezos has a background in computer science and electrical engineering.  After leaving Princeton, Jeff joined a startup company called Fitel and even turned down several job offers from both Bell Labs and Intel.

Lesson Learned: His message is clear listen to your gut and go where your instincts tell you to.  Don’t just listen to the money or salary offers.  Your personal happiness is worth so much more.

 

Larry Page, Alphabet, CEO

 

Larry Page is CEO of the company, Alphabet, a parent company to Google.  He has a Ph.D. from Stanford and an undergraduate degree from Michigan.  Larry met his partner, Sergey Brin, at Stanford and together they developed “Google”.

Lesson Learned: Larry’s message for success is that you don’t have to wait till you graduate to achieve greatness.

 

Elon Musk, Tesla, CEO & Co-Founder

 

Elon Musk is the co-founder, CEO and driving force behind Tesla, in addition to the company Space-X.  He graduated with a business degree from The Wharton School and a second degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania.  Though he has two degrees, Elon’s experience with college was not positive.

Lesson Learned: His message you don’t need a college degree to find success.  College isn’t a one-size-fits-all option.

 

Travis Kalanick, Uber, Former CEO & Co-Founder

 

Travis Kalanick is no stranger to challenges, he dropped out of UCLA to work on a company called Scour but was later sued and had to file Chapter 11.  His rebound company was Red Swoosh, which he sold for over 23 million before moving onto Uber.  He has since left the company.

Lesson Learned: Travis has learned that humility is just as important as having a great idea.