The startup culture largely rejects the traditional career path, particularly in the tech world. Many entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley launched their startups while still in college, or worked for a startup immediately after college, adopting an entrepreneurial mentality early on that allowed them to bypass the hierarchy and bureaucracy that comes with working for a large company.
Michael Baukes, a co-founder of ScriptRock, doesn't discredit this approach. However, he rejects the notion that working for large companies discourages innovation or entrepreneurship.
"If we hadn't have been in IT for as long as we were and seen as much as we had, there was no way we would have even been able to conceptualize that this is a big enough problem to even attack it," Baukes says.
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