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What an R2D2 Can Teach a Stanford MBA VC

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By Larry Chiang

Recently, the Jedi Order granted R2D2 a Jedi in Business Administration. A JBA is granted to a CS major who is technically trained engineer but able to kick butt in the field of battle.

Luke Skywalker is currently training for it. Anakin Skywalker, because of his fucking over two mentors, won’t. Yoda may dole out Jedi knightships posthumously to darth vader. Me, as EIR of JBAs won’t.

Here are things R2D2 can teach a Stanford MBA VC

– Don’t talk. Do.

R2D2 doesn’t reminisce about the time he saved Luke Chewbacca Han and Princess Leia in the Death Stars trash compactor. R2D2 doesn’t pontificate stories of when he sold a company in the 80s. R2D2 executes at inflection points and deflects credit to Luke Skywalker.

R2D2 vc are CS majors who code and promote like party promoters

R2D2 vc are CS majors who code and promote like party promoters


– Leverages inflection points to accelerate founders

Ok, to be fair Ron Conway does this too. But technically he’s an angel, not a VC.

R2D2 smells out inflection points and ratchets up his engineering game. When the Millenium Falcon couldn’t make the jump to light speed when Chewbacca, CTO, couldn’t fix it… R2D2 jumped in. When Luke Skywalker’s right engine on his x-wing fighter went limp. R2D2 engaged. Death Star mainframe?! R2D2 hacked it.

If a board of directors has a Subcommittee of Timely Ass Kicking, R2D2 would chair.

And my last point of my post, “What an R2D2 Can Teach a Stanford MBA VC”

– Hangs around other VC Partners (C3PO) as charity work.

R2D2 carries 99% of the work burden of their symbiotic relationship. C3PO is shiny, tall, pretty and speaks with an Oxford accent. He’d kill it on stage at a Web 2.o Summit VC panel. C3PO could give a dozen ETL talks and he’d pack the Stanford University, Huang Building, nVidia Auditorium EVERY TIME. Furthermore, C3PO could visit 655 Knight, wave his VC business card during an impromptu Arbuckle lunch drive-by from Sandhill Rd and pack Zambrano Hall / Cemex Auditorium.

FTC DISCLOSURE: Undergrads I teach at Engineering 145 financially and academically benefit from the Larry Chiang 100% Affiliate Program w/ events hosted at the GSB and the Engineering School.

While C3PO is headlining the VC talk-don’t-do tour… R2D2 will be accelerating Jedi’s.

This post is meant to be funny. Don’t get mad at me if you read this and come to the conclusion that you’re like C3PO. If you hate me so much, stop paying (me and undergrads) to pitch under the ReverseVC (open source) franchise here at Stanford, MIT, UT, IL, PU, GT and other schools.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I financially benefit from a business I co-founded that hacked the Fair Isaac credit algorithm.

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“What They Will NEVER Teach You at Stanford Business School” comes out 11-11-12

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Written by Larry Chiang

March 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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  1. […] For those of you who do not know what R2D2ing is, R2D2ing is giving the knowledge that your mentor taught to you to other people. If you are not doing this yet, you should start doing this right away. In fact, you should go read more about it here […]

    How R2D2ing works

    August 5, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  2. […] INCREDIBLY CLOSE ATTENTION TO “#R2D2vc” I hilariously argue that R2D2 is the new VC. He is an robot that’s awesome. He is indispensable. As sidekick to Luke Skywalker, he hacks […]


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