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  • Got to ask you a couple questions about M.

  • IT you know, I got there in 89 so I missed you by a couple of years.

  • But you know it's a very special place and uh I still remember walking through that front door of lobby seven and looking up at the dome and even though I was this punk kid, I still somehow felt honored to be there and I think it changed me in so many ways.

  • Some I don't think I'll ever really understand.

  • Um I also had a fraternity experience there which was a really important of my evolution as well as as kind of like a man.

  • Um just curious what the experience was like for you and what was it like as an 18 year old kid from Ohio, going to boston Cambridge and go into a place like M.

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  • Well it was definitely a very very maybe the most important formative experience of my life.

  • Everybody think about the impact it had on me when I graduated from high school, I was the valedictorian When I got to mit.

  • I was one of 400 valid for it.

  • Every single person at MIT was was the biggest overachiever in their various community.

  • And so it was interesting to be surrounded by so many overachievers.

  • Also.

  • I came from a middle class family in a public school and I came in contact with a lot of of Children from upper class families and private schools and they had had two years of calculus or or or they had two years, 1 to 2 years of college education before they showed up and we were just going to college.

  • So I saw people from every class I saw I think out of my nine fraternity brothers there were like six or seven eagle scouts, it's got to be cut as silly.

  • And then I saw people from everywhere in the world, right?

  • So m I.

  • T brought together global elite overachievers.

  • That was that was interesting.

  • I think the other thing was interesting was mitt had this ethos of do it yourself, think for yourself and be fearless.

  • So you know, they would give you a very difficult problem and they expect you to solve the problem from first principles and they gave you the tools to do it.

  • I think the third thing I saw was I had some of the most brilliant fraternity brothers, you know, they're the kind of guys that I mean 18 year old, 19 year olds and they're the kind of guys that get bored and somebody took the car apart, put it back together again, what one of them took cars apart for a living and put it back together again.

  • The other one had launched a computer software gaming company, you know, while he was in high school and launched a pacman knockoff successful enough to get a cease and desist letter from, you know, from a Tory and so you just saw all these examples of excellence and it gave me a lot of confidence.

  • I think that's what I took from MIT confidence and that fraternity experience.

  • I mean how can how can you describe that to someone?

  • Because I think it's so often misunderstood.

  • I bet it doesn't even necessarily exist anymore the way we knew it.

  • But for me it was it was so important.

  • I spent four years living in my fraternity.

  • I never lived in any other public housing.

  • I grew up like you said with people from all over the world, different classes that were the guys that couldn't afford pizza and the guys that could afford pizza that was like the divide.

  • But you know, what was that?

  • Because I know you, you co founded Microstrategy with one of your fraternity brothers.

  • So what was that like?

  • It was if you dumped a bunch of brilliant eagle scouts together into a house to the age of 18 and 22 they all spontaneously organized the government, then that's what a government and ecosystem and a culture.

  • That's what I saw at MIT.

  • Uh, it's, it's in retrospect.

  • It's quite amazing.

  • Um, We ran our own finances.

  • Uh, we ran our own work week where we would maintain the house.

  • We had very, we had sophisticated everything.

  • I mean, we, we had elections, we had a CFO, we had a head of maintenance.

  • We had a social chairman and we orchestrated the most elaborate social events, the most elaborate construction development events, fundraising events, you know about rush week and all those events trips.

  • And, and You kind of took for granted that a 20 year old could, could run an elaborate enterprise would due process.

  • We had parliamentary procedure with House speedy's, we had votes.

  • We had all manner of intricacy.

  • So it was a microcosm of the world run by a bunch of people that were 12-36 months out of high school and uh, you know, looking at it today, so many people expect, you know, big institutions to do everything for them.

  • But we were completely self reliant time.

  • Yeah.

Got to ask you a couple questions about M.

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Think For Yourself And Be Fearless ? Michael Saylor Shares His MIT & fraternity Experience

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/07/25
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