My name is Micah Merrick, and I’m the author and founder of Meritmark. In 2010, I began writing about higher education based on my experience getting an MBA at The Wharton School. In 2014, I published by first book called “Rethink the MBA – Why Business School is Riskier Than You Think“. The book highlights the risks of getting an MBA for the wrong reasons and takes a contrarian point of view regarding the value of higher education.
Meritmark is a continuation of my earlier writing efforts. I maintain my contrarian point of view, however, the primary goal of Meritmark is to understand how technology is changing the intersection of work and higher education in the United States, and in turn, the world. My vision is to create a blog and a newsletter that add value to your understanding of these trends.
My background includes an MBA from Wharton, a bachelors degree in Economics with Honors from Penn State University, and 15 years working for venture backed startups and in corporate venture capital. I live with my family in Mountain View, California.
Point of View
I write two kinds of posts: analysis and opinion. Analysis posts seek to uncover insights and highlight trends based on publicly available facts about a company, industry, or event. Opinion posts are exactly that: my own point of view about the topic at hand, based in part on fact, and in part on my own qualitative experiences.
Both types of posts are biased by my contrarian point of view that can be summarized as follows:
- I am short, U.S. higher education: If S&P created an index fund composed of the top 500 universities in the U.S., I would short it. Universities have huge fixed costs in land, buildings, labs, and tenured professors. However, their products: credentials, knowledge, training, and group learning experiences can in most cases be replicated at a much lower cost using technology. Time is the only thing standing in the way of a cost revolution in higher education.
- I am long, humans: Many commentators in the world of work take as gospel that software, robots, and narrow AI are going to eliminate the need for human labor in the future, and believe that general AI (i.e. the singularity) is inevitable. My point of view is that software, robots and narrow AI are merely tools, invented by humans and like every other tool in history will be used by humans to build and create new and amazing things. I am agnostic about general AI and have mentally outsourced solving this problem to OpenAI. If it happens, it happens, but for now, I prefer to operate as though general AI will exist in the distant future.