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Jobs didn't need a college degree to be a good CEO.

In my opinion, college degree is not neccessary to be a competent CEO. Leaders are praised for different qualities than those which can be simply taught in a school.




"Jobs didn't need a college degree to be a good CEO."

Jobs didn't lie about having a degree either.

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No, but he lied to his friend about a 50/50 split on work for $5000 claiming it was $750 and claimed he was sterile after fathering a child.

http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2011/02/10-unusual-things-i-did...

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I remember seeing the story of SJ lying to Wozniak, sometime back. And, I think that along with the 'fathering a child' lie, make up for much bigger lies and actually hurting others much more.

The kind of lie which Yahoo CEO made, is much softer in comparison. And its obviously a mistake which he made when he was young, and then got stuck with it.

The strong reaction on HN, perhaps, is a result of too many young people out here who put a greater importance to degree. I think, it matters to them much more, being just out of college.

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Agreed, but that wasn't the point...

Would you approve of a CEO lying on public investor documentation?

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It's less about whether he needed the degree, and more about whether he lied on a filing to the SEC about him having the degree.

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Lying is inexcusable, but I'm more interested in what prompted him to make the lie in the first place. I mean, who really cares if he has a CS degree or not? What did he stand to gain?

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I agree, but honesty is necessary to be a competent CEO, especially honesty to government authority that can close the company down.

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It is highly unlikely that the SEC would be able to come anywhere near shutting down YHOO. The CEO could come under criminal prosecution & most certainly would be sued (but most likely settled) by the SEC.

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You are right. Even if he has the best experience, lying to the public and authorities is a big mistake.

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That makes the lie even more foolish.

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