Founders on the Value of MBAs and Entrepreneur Courses

Does it help you to create a company? Elon Musk says no, but what does the rest of the world think?

Lance Ng
1 min readJul 15, 2021


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Elon Musk’s critical opinion of MBA graduates is well known. He has, on many occasions, talked about this publicly. Here’s a few quotes:

“MBA Graduates May Be Good at PowerPoint, But They Don’t Know How Things Work.”

“There might be too many MBAs running companies.”

“As much as possible, avoid hiring MBAs. MBA programs don’t teach people how to create companies.”

Sure, he’s probably the most famous and celebrated startup founder right now, but that’s just an opinion of one — albeit a very rich and successful one.

Mustering Better Answers

Since I have a lot of MBA holders and startup founders among my LinkedIn network, I decided to do my own survey to gather a more representative opinion of the value of MBAs to an entrepreneur.

Here’s what I found out.

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