Why Are You Here and Not Somewhere Else


What do Chicago Booth, Entrepreneurship and Modern Art have in common? Check out this recent BusinessWeek profile video to find out.

Last week when BusinessWeek released its bi-annual business school rankings it also released The Best B-Schools Roadtrip video series highlighting different programs. To my delight, they did a great job of capturing Booth's distinctive values and culture through the voices of three people:

  • Coco Meers is a 2012 graduate who is the CEO and founder of Pretty Quick a beauty site that is looking to revolutionize the way beauty appointments are scheduled. Coco is one of many CEOs of companies started by Booth grads. In fact, in the last three years alone, 13 companies started by Booth students have raised over $205 million from some of the world’s top VC firms.

  • Professor Austan Goolsbee, Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics and former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors for President Obama, shares his insights on what makes the culture here distinctive for entrepreneurs. At Booth “it’s all about the quality of your ideas. It doesn’t matter who you are.”

  • Professor Canice PrendergastW. Allen Wallis Professor of Economics and art director for the Harper Center collection, provides an interesting perspective on how even our physical environment represents the core values of Booth. I found this portion of the video particularly insightful. I have watched the art collection grow over the years and found myself frequently asking the question “what is this supposed to be?” or “why did we select this piece?” never fully realizing that those questions were precisely why the pieces were chosen.

Ideas are what we are about at Booth. It does not matter whether or not they can be commercialized, or who they come from, or what physical form they take. What matters is the quality of thought they demonstrate and the amount of inspiration they provide to others to think more deeply about the world around them. This video really captures the essence of Booth. “It is truly a place where ideas compete and people collaborate around them.”

If you want to learn more about our people and our culture, make sure you check out the student profile BusinessWeek posted on one of our second-year students, as well as The Booth Experience and the Considering Booth on Facebook.