A nice speech but a little more on the entrepreneurship side than the technical side. No code or theorems for a compsci submission. :(
Maaaaaybe the person tag would work with this?
Reading the title, I expected to trash this, because our industry’s dropout encouragement is downright dangerous. (Gates and Zuckerberg could drop out because they had make-things-happen, 1-percent connections. If you’re part of the 99%, then stick with school.) That said, having read the article, he has some valid points (and he’s not a dropout). It’s always interesting to get the perspective of someone who saw a different time.
That said, his depiction of the business world is radically different from what most programmers, even in startups, experience. He had the resources available to become a founder and create a company with an apparently good culture (e.g. killing useless meetings). If you don’t have any contacts, don’t expect it to happen for you. It probably won’t.
He’s also out of touch on things having gotten better for women. The numbers don’t bear that out. Female CS enrollment is dropping and it seems to be much more common for women to be harassed out of tech companies in this era of alpha-jerk business-driven brogramming.
I wish that OP’s experience of the tech industry were accurate but, to quote from The Wire, it’s the other way.