I wrote this blurb before lunch on a slow Friday.
The preface of this conversation with a friend who I work with on a different project is about travelling globally, becoming more "cultured" – whatever that's supposed to really mean, and how the university one attends affects their national or global outlook.
So let us assume that things are the way they are for the all the right reasons. Stochastic process, pure randomness – what scientists call "brownian motion"?
A national perspective would mean that i care about what's happening per area (ie. state or timezone) in terms of innovation and advancement. Silicon valley is simply a microcosm of experience; rather I've found that when you talk about going international, there's the macrocosm of technology centers around the world. And some I have seen for myself in person. But seeing is not experiencing, it's hard to put yourself in others' shoes.
Shenzhen in china is often called the silicon valley of china; Tallinn, Estonia (the country where i got my georgel.ee / .ee website domain) is often seen to be one of the forefront leaders of digital technology transformation in terms of supporting entrepreneurs with digital businesses
The point I'm trying to make is that the world is far too large and for me to precisely pinpoint an area to want to grow in is hard. I don't know that many people in other tech hubs, as much as I'd love to spend time in Tallinn.
I went to UMD, the school has more of a national footprint. Ian and I discussed the surprising synergy between schools and the footprint that their graduates serve
How many people do you know from UMD who are graduates who have gone international for their careers full time (not just traveling there for a few months on consulting)?
Perhaps this is a question i should pose to Alex (Dean of Smith) later today; it's not fully answered and there are a few parts i'm still ruminating against looking at linkedin/umd, and the locations people go to
There's the local population of smith grads, and then there's the population of umd grads in general; both statistically are large enough for me to draw general conclusions, however you were the privileged few who traveled because a company had international work that required your parents to work in a different country
A person I know, Daniel, whose parents work at the world bank attended Stanford about 30 years ago and spent time extensively in China, Africa, etc; it seems like a lot of my friends who have international experience have parents who attended notable schools and have international exposure due to the connections their school had.
Heck, even one of my former roommate's parents were like that. His mom attended Brown and entered foreign service. These schools quite often seem to relate to the national or international opportunities that lend to their future.
Of course, my analysis is not one size fits all and purely observational. There are a few people who still end up going international, but Maryland is a state school and is well acclaimed from a regional level.
Your perspectives are infinitely valuable, and so I have more questions for you after this afternoon with my conversation with Alex.
I've put a lot of thought into this. Unfortunately this type of data rarely lies.
Increasingly, I've started to notice that the ivy league grads and people from these top schools are beyond the search for money; some have enough of it, some don't care about it, and some seemingly reject the crux of capitalism entirely. Instead, many seem to be focused on recognition, power, and influence because the yield you can get from that is far higher;
Of course, the responsibility is far more dangerous as a whole
The future appears to be a fight for control of others, as opposed to materialistic desires as everyone starts to be able to get not only the basics, but certain luxuries as well. For this class structure to continue to fare in this capitalistically built society, certain changes will be made and many may have to be done under the curtain.