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Meet Team VFA: Connor Schake

August 27, 2015

Welcome to another edition of Meet Team VFA! This week we're checking in with Connor Schake, the Talent Acquisition Analyst on our incredible Selection team. Connor is the numbers guy behind all things selection, and our resident data guru—if you don't think it's possible to find a spreadsheet beautiful, you clearly haven't seen one of Connor's. Read on to meet the man behind the formulas.  Name: Connor Schake Position at VFA: Talent Acquisition Analyst Department Name: Selection College or University:…

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The VFA Podcast: Laura Mather, Founder & CEO at Unitive

August 26, 2015

Listen to the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS! Laura Mather didn't set out to be an entrepreneur. While working as a mathematics researcher at the NSA, Laura and her colleagues built an algorithm for predicting the rise and fall of the stock market. They started out with $20k, and grew it to $200k in just 8 months. Realizing they were on to something,…

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The VFA Podcast: Charlie Bonello & Matt Harrigan of Grand Central Tech

August 19, 2015

Listen to the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS! Charlie Bonello and Matt Harrigan became fast friends when they were students at Regis, a prestigious tuition-free Manhattan prep school. Years later, over beers, they lamented the careers of many of their former classmates—all smart, all talented, all with a huge amount of creative potential, and now, seemingly all doctors or lawyers. Their classmates were certainly…

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Fellow Spotlight: Merlin Patterson

August 14, 2015

You may know where our Fellows live, what startup they work for or even if they're starting their own company, but ever wonder which books or blogs they couldn't live without? What they love most about their city? Their pro tips for being productive at work? 2014 Baltimore Fellow Merlin Patterson sits down with Team VFA to talk how to be an effective startup employee, why he loves Baltimore, and life lessons he's learned since becoming a…

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The VFA Podcast: Eric Cantor, tech entrepreneur & VFA Board Member

August 12, 2015

Listen to the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS! "You get to have seven careers," Eric Cantor says to our host, Jeremy Shinewald, during this week's episode. And if anyone should know, it's Eric. After founding and exiting two internet infrastructure companies way ahead of the curve, Eric got a master's from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and, eager to walk the…

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Why I Went VFA: Paula Gonzalez

August 7, 2015

2015 Fellow Paula Gonzalez is headed to Detroit where she'll be putting her civil engineering skills to work at Loveland Tech, a startup "dedicated to putting America online parcel by parcel." Paula talks about how she arrived at her own definition of success and how this standard has informed the most significant decisions she's made (including choosing VFA!).  Visit apply.ventureforamerica.org for more information on becoming a VFA Fellow. Name: Paula Gonzalez School: MIT '14 Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering VFA City: Detroit VFA Company: Loveland Technologies Growing up, I…

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