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11 Notable Entrepreneurs Teaching the Next Generation

Ask any entrepreneur about the most valuable asset a startup owner can have and the answer will nearly always be "a mentor."

While the details of the startup world change constantly, there are a number of patterns that remain consistent — and there's no better way to navigate those than the counsel of someone who has been there.

While traditional mentoring is alive and well in Silicon Valley, a number of veteran entrepreneurs are taking to the classroom to pass on their experiences. The benefits extend beyond passing the torch to the next generation of big thinkers. Many long-time serial entrepreneurs are today's angel investors and venture capitalists — and the classroom gives them an early glimpse at the potential next big names in emerging fields.

Here are 11 notable entrepreneurs who have taken to the classroom.

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