Dear Future Entrepreneur: The Inc 500s' Messages to the Future

Robert X. Fogarty
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Steve Vicinanza
CEO, BlueWave Computing

"I spent a lot of years in school, and it occurred to me that 10 percent of that was usable," says Steve Vicinanza. His frankness might be less surprising if those schools weren't some of the best in the country, including Carnegie Mellon, from which Vicinanza obtained his doctorate. But he has realized that most business lessons are learned only firsthand. "You have to take the battle scars and put that into your business," he says. "You're in the best university in the world."