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Silicon Valley hires more alumni from University of California, Berkeley, than any other school

of California, Berkeley, ranked No. 1 in a list of the top
universities that send graduates on to careers in Silicon

Houser and Facebook/UCBerkeley

An elite university located on the outskirts of Silicon
Valley has proven itself as a pipeline for tech talent.

Silicon Valley hires more alumni from University of California,
Berkeley, than any other school, according to a new
analysis from online recruiting company HiringSolved.

Berkeley beat out Stanford University (No. 2), Carnegie Mellon
(No. 3), and the University of Texas at Austin (No. 5) in
becoming the university that sends the most graduates on to
careers at Silicon Valley’s top 25 tech companies by
revenue. Of the top 10 universities, none were Ivy League

The survey, which
was reported on by The San Francisco Business Times
, used
data from more than 10,000 public profiles for tech workers hired
or promoted to new positions in 2016 and the first two months of

Shon Burton, CEO of HiringSolved,
said in a statement
that tech industry recruiters are
looking for a “strong fundamental understanding of the basics of
technology,” above Ivy League credentials, in their
new hires.

“Often what separates say, a good engineer from a great
one, is a knack for understanding the baseline ‘how’s’ and
‘why’s’ of how things work – the physics of the technology,”
Burton said.

Berkeley sits about an hour’s drive north of the area
where major tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and
Tesla have headquarters. The university’s proximity to Silicon
Valley has long attracted aspiring tech workers who
hope to intern there or find capital to launch startups. Its
career fairs are well attended by top recruiters.

university of california berkeley
aerial photo shows the University of California, Berkeley,


Starting this fall, young entrepreneurs will have an
extra reason to attend Berkeley.

new program at Berkeley wants to launch future tech leaders

by teaching the variety of skills required of them in the real
world. The

Entrepreneurship, & Technology (MET) Program

provide students with dual degrees in business and engineering in
four years, in the hopes of giving graduates a command of
leadership and technology skills and putting them on an
accelerated path to CEO.

The program has already caught the attention of a top investment
firm. Kleiner Perkins announced it will give an interview to
every incoming MET student for its fellowship, which lets students
join its portfolio companies in design and engineering roles for
the summer.

“It looks like it is going to be the
elite tech leader factory there is,”
Michael Grimes, managing director at Morgan
Stanley and
 a founding advisory board member of
told Business Insider
 in April

Over 2,500 high school seniors applied for the 30 spots in
MET, making it more selective than Harvard, MIT, and Stanford,
with an acceptance rate of less than 2%.

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