The Technology Entrepreneur Center, or TEC Center for short, held their annual Silicon Valley Workshop and invited Malwarebytes and CEO Marcin Kleczynski, who is a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumnus, to take part.
Speaking to a majority of engineering students, Marcin relayed his experience of going to school while simultaneously running a company.
“Prioritize,” Marcin reiterated. “Prioritize or you’ll go crazy.”
Stressing the importance of staying in school and to build in some “me” time, the students listened and picked Marcin’s brain about various topics ranging from Malwarebytes’ place in the security vector to why he chose to get a degree even though he’s already built a successful company.
“My mom,” Marcin said with a laugh. “I got it for her mostly but for myself also.”
The TEC Center selected the top 30 students of University of Illinois from a record 240 applications for this yearly event.
Fourteen attendees have started their own company.
TEC provides students and faculty with the skills, resources and experiences necessary to become successful innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders who tackle grand challenges and change the world.
In addition to Malwarebytes, this year’s talks included the likes of Yelp, Optimizely, TinyPrint and BitTorrent.