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June 25, 2018

For Matt Glickman ’87, entrepreneurship is not about creating something new, but about taking the best ideas from a wide range of disciplines—a bit like a bee among a field of flowers—and apply them in new places.

For Matt Glickman ’87, entrepreneurship is not about creating something new, but about taking the best ideas from a wide range of disciplines—a bit like a bee among a field of flowers—and apply them in new places.

In this sense, the Amherst economics and French major, who now teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford Business School, says a liberal arts education is the perfect opportunity to unite a wide range of new concepts with innovative uses.

Glickman practices what he preaches. After realizing that there was a global deficit of information on how to support children early in life, he started a non-profit for entrepreneurs working on early childhood development.

“Entrepreneurship is the fundamental building block of improving people’s lives and improving the lives of society,” says Glickman, adding that it’s also about “not seeing problems as problems but as obstacles that you can surmount.”