The VFA Blog

    Join the Interns for America!

    Join the Interns for America!


    Don’t want to wait until after college to experience VFA firsthand? We’ve got you covered. Our summer interns will spend time both at HQ and at our Fellow Training Camp, gaining real work experience, making an impact, helping us grow—and learning what it means to join the #VFAmily. What we’re looking for We’re looking for energetic, reliable […]

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    Why Women Are the Best Opportunity for Businesses

    Why Women Are the Best Opportunity for Businesses


    Originally published on Entrepreneur.com The Honest Company, which makes natural eco-friendly household products, is set to go public. It was recently valued at $1.7 billion with more than $150 million in revenue. Jessica Alba first got the idea for the Honest Company in 2009, when she had an allergic reaction to an infant detergent recommended […]

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    Why Entrepreneurship is like Raising a Child

    Why Entrepreneurship is like Raising a Child


    Originally posted on Forbes I recently became a parent for the second time.  And I’ve now started several companies – one that failed, one that did all right, and one that is currently ongoing. It’s struck me that there are tons of similarities between being an entrepreneur and being a parent.  For people who have […]

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    How We Built a Tech Startup Without Tech

    How We Built a Tech Startup Without Tech


    Originally published by Mike Wilner ’13 on Medium.com Mark Zuckerberg had a programming tutor at age 11. Bill Gates was excused from Math class at age 13 so he could write code. I learned what HTML stood for after I graduated college. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I felt insecure about my lack of technical skills — it […]

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    Should Entrepreneurial College Students Go Big or Go Small After Graduation?

    Should Entrepreneurial College Students Go Big or Go Small After Graduation?


    Originally posted on Entrepreneur.com I spoke to a group of University of Virginia students last week who were interested in entrepreneurship. One of them asked me, “Isn’t it a good idea to go to a big-name brand firm straight out of college? You can always go to a small company or start your own business later.” It’s a very […]

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    What’s Eating Silicon Valley

    What’s Eating Silicon Valley


    Originally published on Quartz.com  Like most people, I look up to and admire the heroes of Silicon Valley (the real ones, not the ones from the TV show). They’ve given rise to services (e.g., Google, Facebook, Uber, LinkedIn, Airbnb) that we use every day and make the world a better place. They’ve created value, wealth, […]

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    What I’ve Learned About How Startups Can Use Video

    What I’ve Learned About How Startups Can Use Video


    Name: Lynsey Chediak ’14 Alma mater: Claremont McKenna College Job: Growth Strategist Company: IndieWhip, a media production company Slack. I love it. You love it. The startup world nearly ended when it went down for a few hours. Want to know the singular thing that helped Slack take off? It’s amazing video. You’ve probably seen it. If not, […]

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    VFA from a Parent’s Perspective

    VFA from a Parent’s Perspective


    Judy Bain is the proud parent of Lena Kelly, a 2014 Fellow in Cleveland. She recently retired as Vice President and General Counsel, Epson America, Inc. and is happy to answer questions about VFA from a parental perspective at judy_bain@yahoo.com. To read about how Lena fell in love with Cleveland, check out her blog post. Grad School […]

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