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This College Dropout Thinks He Can Teach You How to Get a Silicon Valley Job

The founder of a new startup school wants to prove you don't need a degree to break into the technology industry
Students at one of Make School's classrooms in San Francisco
Courtesy of Make School

Ashu Desai built his first iPhone app when he was 16; a 99¢ game called Helicopter. It was a modest hit, with 50,000 downloads. A few years later, sitting in massive lecture classes as a freshman at the University of California at Los Angeles, Desai found himself bored stiff.

"I was pretty disappointed in what I was learning," Desai says. He wanted to learn how to build more products, not regurgitate textbook chapters, and he began to doubt that the six-figure cost of a four-year degree was worth it.