Does College Matter?

With soaring student debt, innovative technology, and new-fashioned careers—we wanted to ask the question: does college still matter? The second season of “Does College Matter?” will bring you insights from role models who have navigated a variety of worlds – from college and entrepreneurship to coding academies and the work place. With thought leaders such as Google’s Chief Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap; the CEO of Remind, Brett Kopf; and Sarah Green-Carmichael from Harvard Business Review chiming in, we ask entrepreneurs, podcasters, educators, and students alike: did college matter for you?
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Jul 21, 2015

SF Fed President John C. Williams shares his views on the value of college, why education is critical for a healthy economy, the importance of lifelong learning, and what it was like to have Janet Yellen as a mentor.

Show Notes:

President John Williams’ Bio

The Value of Lifelong Learning

The View from Here: The Economic Outlook and Its Implications for Monetary Policy

Jul 14, 2015

In our conversation with Pat Flynn, host of the massively popular Smart Passive Income podcast, we talk about how he manages to continuously evolve his thinking, how he fared during the economic downturn, and what the most important thing he learned in college was.

Show Notes:

Pat’s Website

Pat’s Blog

Pat’s Film Debut

Jul 8, 2015

In our conversation with Nick Loper, host of the Side Hustle Show podcast, we talk to Nick about his views on the value of college, why it’s essential to keep developing opportunities for yourself, and his hypothesis that the next 100 years will be the age of mass entrepreneurship. 

Show Notes:

Nick’s Bio

Nick’s Tedx Talk: “The Entrepreneurial Generation”

The Side Hustle Show Podcast

Jul 1, 2015

In our conversation with the hosts of the Being Boss podcast, Kathleen Shannon and Emily Thompson, we talk creative entrepreneurship, doing work that feeds your soul, and how motherhood fits into it all.

Show Notes: 

The Being Boss Podcast

Indie Shopography

Braid Creative



Jun 25, 2015

In our interview with the managing editor of EdSurge, Tony Wan, we talk about the impact of technology in the classroom, his previous start-up Lucky Bird Games, and how his degree in East Asian Studies has shaped the work he does today.        

Show Notes:

Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Profile on Tony

Tony’s Articles on Fast Company 

Tony on Twitter


Jun 16, 2015

In our conversation with Mignon Fogarty, Grammar Girl and Head of Media Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada, Reno, we talk Silicon Valley, how to live (and learn) entrepreneurship, and the future of journalism.

Mignon Fogarty’s Bio

The Grammar Girl Podcast

The Reynolds School, University of Nevada, Reno

Other Resources

Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

List of Colleges with Majors in Entrepreneurship or Small Business (Saint Louis University)

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship

Jun 9, 2015

In our conversation with Susan Yamada, Executive Director of The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, she shares her thoughts on collaboration, whether entrepreneurs are born or made, and what an entrepreneurship degree offers.

Susan Yamada’s Bio

The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship

Jun 2, 2015

In our conversation with Fernando Santos, founder of Beast Oakland, he shares his story as a former graffiti artist, explains how his professor inspired him, and how he gets his numbers right.

Beast Oakland

Beast Oakland on Instagram

Fernando Santos’ Bio and Profile with The Pioneer

Chabot Community College

May 26, 2015

In our conversation with Divya Nag, voted “30 Under 30 in Science & Healthcare” by Forbes, she explains how she deals with set-backs, what compelled her to start Stem Cell Theranostics and StartX Med, and why mentors are so important.

Stem Cell Theranostics

StartX Med

Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Program

May 26, 2015

In our conversation with Trever Bostrom, co-founder of Vivid Roots, he shares the story behind his apparel start-up, why it was important for them to have a social mission, and how advisors have helped make Vivid Roots a success. 

Vivid Roots

Boise State University, Venture College

University of Idaho

Balancing Passion with Practicality: An essay highlighting the investments being made in training entrepreneurs

May 19, 2015

In our conversation with Aaron Gagleard and Stephen Walden, the co-founders of Bosse Tools, we discuss where they got their idea, what Arizona State University is doing to support their start-up, and the significant roles mentors have played in their success.

Bosse Tools

The Ergonomics behind the Bosse Tools Shovel

Arizona State University's Entrepreneurship Program

Stephen and Aaron's Bios

May 13, 2015

In our conversation with the Art of Charm’s Jordan Harbinger, he shares tips on the power of networking, why bringing passion with you is a great career strategy, and when choosing a work experience over a college experience just might be the best route to follow.

Art of Charm

The Art of Charm Podcast

More info on Jordan and his co-founder, AJ

Balancing Passion with Practicality

May 7, 2015

In our conversation with College Info Geek’s Thomas Frank, he shares his learning journey, the secret to how he paid off his student loans before he graduated, and insights from his book, 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades.  

Get Thomas Frank's book here.

Check out The Value of College Calculator.

May 7, 2015

In our conversation with Mary Daly (an SVP at the SF Fed, who has been described as “The People’s Economist”), Mary shares her thoughts on why a four year degree is still a great investment, how to use a new online tool to calculate your return on college, and just how important mentors are to success.

Read the full report.

Check out The Value of College Calculator.

Check out Mary Daly's bio.