Giving It the (Anti)-College Try: 5 College Students Who Dropped Out to Start Up

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The fellowship that raised eyebrows

It's been three years since PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel first announced that he wanted to pay students $100,000 to forgo college for the short term and pursue a business instead. The move naturally caused quite a stir on campuses across the U.S. "You would almost think the world was ending," Ross Gillfillan, head of communications for the Thiel Foundation said. He says people seem more accepting of the idea that taking a gap year or two to dabble in entrepreneurship is a good way to prepare to be an entrepreneur. The following founders prove he's right. -- Laura Montini