From MBA to Stand-Up Comic & Author
(from blog.accepted.com: http://blog.accepted.com/2016/04/20/tuck-tales-stand-comic-author-episode-150/)
(Also, Paul Ollinger was interviewed by Wharton Prof Stew Friedmann on SiriusXM 111, "Work and Life", during the week of June 5, 2016; an interesting and enjoyable interview)
A funny thing happened on the way to the open mic. Paul Ollinger got a Tuck MBA, had a career in Silicon Valley, grabbed a gig at a little start-up called Facebook, and then wrote a book on MBA admissions. Let’s hear his story.
Meet Paul Ollinger [0:50]
He’s a Tuck MBA who discovered a passion for stand-up comedy – while in business school. We’ll learn about his subsequent career in Silicon Valley (including stints at Yahoo and Facebook). Welcome!
Why he chose to pursue an MBA [1:51]
He wanted to accelerate his career. He’d assumed he would go into a corporate job, and had never thought about comedy. At Tuck, he co-hosted a talent show and realized performing and comedy were important to him.
What he values most from his MBA experience [4:05]
The people and relationships. Tuck has the reputation of being a cozy, collegial environment, and it really is: he made lifelong friendships there, along with relationships that are still benefiting his career.
How did Tuck help his career? [5:20]
The standards he observed people setting for themselves showed him a model for business success – and also how to work extremely hard without burning out.
His career path and how he broke into standup comedy [7:40]
After working at Launch and then Yahoo, he moved to LA to do stand up full time. After that, he joined Facebook as a startup. After leaving Facebook 4.5 years ago, he started a blog and found that he enjoyed writing. He briefly went back to work for a small software company, but realized what he’d always been passionate about was writing and comedy. So he decided to write a funny book about business.
Writing You Should Totally Get an MBA [10:10]
To read the rest of the interview and learn more, go to this link: blog.accepted.com: http://blog.accepted.com/2016/04/20/tuck-tales-stand-comic-author-episode-150/)
He set out to write a funny business book, and realized it was becoming something of a b-school guide book. The title is tongue-in-cheek, but also kind of a sincere look at who should get an MBA.