And anyway, when was Spiegel supposed to have gotten this degree? He’s 23 years old, and has been working on Snapchat since he and his backward-ballcapped buddies were living in the dorms at Stanford and trying to come up with a get-rich-quick scheme. He graduated in 2012 with a degree in product design. Had he taken two years to earn a postgrad degree, he’d just be returning to Snapchat right around now. Even if he pursued his MBA at night at Bob’s Upstairs Business College, it would seriously stalled Snapchat’s momentum—and momentum is really all Snapchat has. The product might turn out to represent some kind of business breakthrough, but for now it tastes like the flavor of the month. Timing is everything with companies like this.
Given the lunatic atmosphere of the startup scene at the moment, Rostan’s argument comes off as remarkably tin-eared and out of touch. CEOs of hot startups don’t care about your stinking case studies, they care only about their bank accounts, their egos and—maybe—the products they’re selling. Rostan’s plea is a little like when Chicago sportswriter Rick Telander infamously wrote in 1994 that, if only Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain had participated in organized sports as a youth, he never would have killed himself. Which might be true, but he also never would have founded Nirvana.