If You Want To Start A Company, Get An Engineering Degree

Revenge of the Nerds

Photo: 20th Century Fox

It’s been hinted at time and again that MBAs don’t quite measure up to engineering degrees in the startup world. Now there’s data to back up that claim.In a report out by Identified, a startup that pulls Facebook data to track employment trends, the difference isn’t seen in the undergrad degrees. The spit happens in graduate school.

“The company found 3,337 founder/CEOs have an advanced engineering background compared with 1,016 MBAs,” according to the report, which looked at 36 million profiles in the company’s database. 

Startup founders are getting younger too: the average age is now 33, rather than 36.

As it turns out, most startup guys gravitate towards starting a company in the IT, social, or mobile spaces. And even if the tech guys aren’t out doing their own thing, they will likely get hired by companies like Quora, Dropbox, and Palantir. 

NOW WATCH: Tech Insider videos

Want to read a more in-depth view on the trends influencing Australian business and the global economy? BI / Research is designed to help executives and industry leaders understand the major challenges and opportunities for industry, technology, strategy and the economy in the future. Sign up for free at research.businessinsider.com.au.