May 26, 2018

Not all successful CEOs attended Ivy Leagues

Harvard Business School. Photo: Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images

TechCrunch found that CEOs of U.S. companies —  funded in the last three years, and have raised "at least $100 million in total venture financing" — are relatively diverse in where they were educated.

The details: The two top schools were Harvard and Stanford with 24 total alumni who became CEOs of heavily funded startups. But also on the list were universities like University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Some of the most successful companies' CEOs have gone to a mix of schools:

  • Airbnb's CEO Brian Chesky went to the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • WeWork's CEO Adam Neumann attended Baruch College of the City University of New York (CUNY.)
    • Neumann also just finished his degree last year, TechCrunch reports, "15 years after he started."
  • Rony Abovitz, the CEO of Magic Leap, a startup working on an augmented-reality headset, went to University of Miami.

The bottom line: While not every successful CEO went to an Ivy League school or graduated college, those educations are still extremely prevalent.

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Trump says he will campaign against Lisa Murkowski after her support for Mattis

Trump with Barr and Meadows outside St. John's Episcopal church in Washington, D.C. on June 1. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Thursday that he would endorse "any candidate" with a pulse who runs against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Driving the news: Murkowski said on Thursday that she supported former defense secretary James Mattis' condemnation of Trump over his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's killing. She described Mattis' statement as "true, honest, necessary and overdue," Politico's Andrew Desiderio reports.

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Trump visits Mattis and the Pentagon in 2018. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty

Over the course of just a few hours, President Trump was rebuffed by the Secretary of Defense over his call for troops in the streets and accused by James Mattis, his former Pentagon chief, of trampling the Constitution for political gain.

Why it matters: Current and former leaders of the U.S. military are drawing a line over Trump's demand for a militarized response to the protests and unrest that have swept the country over the killing of George Floyd by police.

New York Times says Tom Cotton op-ed did not meet standards

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A New York Times spokesperson said in a statement Thursday that the paper will be changing its editorial board processes after a Wednesday op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), which called for President Trump to "send in the troops" in order to quell violent protests, failed to meet its standards.

Why it matters: The shift comes after Times employees began a coordinated movement on social media on Wednesday and Thursday that argued that publishing the op-ed put black staff in danger. Cotton wrote that Trump should invoke the Insurrection Act in order to deploy the U.S. military against rioters that have overwhelmed police forces in cities across the country.