So yesterday, I’m in my office trying to catch up on email when a student who I haven’t seen in a long time stops by my office. In the process of catching up, he asks me about how one takes a year off from MIT.
“Why are you taking a year off?” I ask.
Well, he tells me, he, an MIT friend, and another guy have started a company. He wants to take a year to devote himself fully to the start-up. And he’s trying to get a freshman I know to join the team, too, at least for the summer.
They’re in beta now, so if you run Windows (I don’t; MacOS and Linux coming soon, I’m told), you may want to sign up and try it out. Basically, it is a super-easy way to synchronize files across computers.
I love being at a place where students are so creative and are always starting amazing things like this. And I love randomly hearing about them on some random Wednesday afternoon.
From the You-can’t-make-this-up Department: Another student who’s taking a semester off to grow his now-successful startup just stopped by the office, while I was writing this entry. I didn’t plan it, it just happened.
More on entrepreneurship at MIT:
- MIT Entrepreneurship Center
- Entrepreneurship courses
- “MIT: The Impact of Innovation”
- MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
- MIT Enterprise Forum
Update from the comments: Drew ’05, founder of Dropbox, writes in:
hey — this is drew houston ’05 (founder of dropbox and the ‘mit friend’ from the article :)) — being a recent grad i can vouch for the kind of enthusiasm and support that the MIT community has for entrepreneurship (the E-club, enterprise forum, etc.); it makes the jump a lot easier.
if anyone has any questions about entrepreneurship at mit (or wants to learn more about dropbox :)) give me a shout at houston at alum dot mit dot edu. take care!