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Risk elimination. Risk minimization. Risk mitigation.

by Larry Chiang on April 30, 2012

Risk exposure for us engineers should be lower because our major was 90x harder than studying business.

By Larry Chiang


As engineers, we don’t need to take risk like Econ majors. Have you ever played Risk, the Parker Brothers game?! The winner sits in Australia protecting one border and never ‘risks’ ANYTHING.

They should rename that game, “Sit-and-wait-on-Australia-so-you-slowly-conquer-Asia”. 9 armies. 3 borders. Zero risk. True story.

Risk elimination. Risk minimization. Risk mitigation.

You see as engineers, we already have our Australia. We already have a guarantee. Are we going to listen to an Econ major VC out there telling us to ‘chance it all’?!

I took 27 calculated risks to get ranked #1 in entrepreneurship education. The majority of those risks were damage-controlled, risk mitigated and risk minimized endeavors.

Here is how I recommend engineering undergrad entrepreneurs take a HUGE CHUNK OF DANGER out when starting a business:

Pattern recognition. Pattern replication. Pattern iteration.

And Treasure Management.

And charming a mentor to coach us.

You should probably get busy googling:

Pattern recognition. Pattern replication. Pattern iteration. Treasure Management. Charming a mentor

In 2013, I’m teaching Ga Ga Guaranteed exits. Study ahead and Easter egg hunt the LarryChiang twitter feed from Sept 2011 to April 2012. The ga ga guaranteed exit ideas are labelled at

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