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The VFA Podcast: Katia Beauchamp, Co-Founder & CEO of Birchbox

October 1, 2015

Listen to the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a original in collaboration with CBS! Today, Katia Beauchamp is the co-Founder & CEO of Birchbox—but growing up in El Paso, entrepreneurship wasn't even part of her vocabulary. In fact, it wasn't until attending business school that Katia even heard the word for the first time. She still knew right away it was her for her. Luckily, Katia had already developed the qualities necessary to launch…

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City as a Startup: Detroit

September 30, 2015

Earlier this month, we kicked off fall in true VFA fashion—hosting our second annual City as a Startup conference in Detroit. For one day, Fellows, team members, entrepreneurs, and civic leaders gathered at Wayne State University to talk urban development, emerging technology, and working together to build things. CasS was a one day event that packed a serious punch. Attendees heard from a wide variety of speakers: Mike Duggan, the mayor of Detroit, with Andrew Yang and Rip Rapson, the…

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Meet our Company Partners: BoxCast

September 11, 2015

One of the coolest things about VFA? Our Fellows work for some of the most innovative and high-growth organizations in the country. Our Company Partners vary in industry, size, and financial stage, but they all share a few common traits that we hold above all else: strong leadership, dynamic opportunities for the Fellows, and a positive, collaborative culture. In this new series, we're giving you an inside look at who these companies are and what their talented…

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Meet Team VFA: Will Geary

September 10, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Meet Team VFA! This week we’re checking in with the data-loving, bike-worshipping, low-key Instagram-famous Will Geary, our Company Partnerships Associate. Will hails from the Boston area, and spent a few years cutting his teeth at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Food52 before joining the #VFAmily, where he builds relationships with amazing Company Partners and uses data for good. Beyond his serious professional chops, Will brings a certain spirit of adventure to…

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The VFA Podcast: Nick Taranto, Co-founder of Plated

September 2, 2015

Listen to the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a original in collaboration with CBS! In 2011, right out of the Marine Corps, Nick Taranto took a job in private wealth management at Goldman Sachs. In less than a year, he was miserable. So Nick decided to team up with a friend from Harvard Business School, Josh, and start something of his own. After many nights of eating greasy takeout,…

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September 1, 2015

Mark grew up in Oakland, CA, and graduated in 2013 from Wesleyan University, where he earned degrees in Math and Music. Mark spent the months leading up to the VFA Fellowship out in San Francisco honing (okay—more like building from scratch) his technical skills at Hack Reactor, a coding bootcamp. He took his recently acquired talents to Detroit last week, and is already off and running at SocialProof, a company that helps companies produce personalized, impactful local…

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