Here’s the problem: If I look for talent in the same places everyone else does—at Stanford, Harvard, and MIT—I’ll have to fight crowds of investors and even other accelerators who are trying to do the same thing I am. I don’t like lines, and I hate waiting, so I don’t go with the crowd. I try to create value where others don’t recognize it.
So how do I decide where to scout for talent? I look for founders from underrated schools. Until now, I’ve been looking in places like Harvey Mudd, Columbia, Cornell, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, and Michigan, to name a few. I believe all of these schools don’t get the credit they should for engineering talent and innovation.