Nikola Tesla (July 10, 1856 - January 7, 1943)

Without Tesla, we might not be able to affordably power our home. His inventions helped pave the way for alternating current (AC), electric motors, radios, fluorescent lights, lasers, and remote controls, among many other things.

Tesla was a bright student. He went to the Austrian Polytechnic in Graz. However, he left to gain employment in Marburg in Slovenia. He later enrolled in the Charles Ferdinand University in Prague, but again he left before completing his degree.

When Edison died, coverage by the New York Times included this quote from Tesla : 'If he had a needle to find in a haystack he would not stop to reason where it was most likely to be, but would proceed at once, with the feverish diligence of a bee, to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. I was almost a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him 90% of his labor.'

Edison vs Tesla

Edison's method of invention was relentless experimentation. Tesla, on the other hand, preferred to work out the theoretical approach before implementing it with physical designs.

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Bill Gates - Founder of Microsoft

Completed 2 Years at Harvard

Larry Ellison - Founder of ORACLE

Completed 1 Year at University of Chicago

Michael Dell - Founder of DELL

Completed 1 Year at University of Texas

Does a College Degree Still Matter?

Elon Musk insisting that when it comes to hiring talent for his team, it does not even matter if a candidate has a college degree or a high school degree.

Internet giant Google has moved away from their early focus on hiring from a collection of top schools, and as of 2013, up to 14% of some Google teams were filled with people who had never even gone to college. In fact, Google’s senior vice president of people operations is on the record saying that grades are “worthless as a criteria for hiring.”

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