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The Short Straw of Men’s Fashion

The Innovation Fund is a four-week crowdfunding competition that gives VFA Fellows the opportunity to launch their business ideas and projects. Nine Fellow-led teams are off to the races sharing their new ventures with the world and hustling to raise as much money as possible on Indiegogo between now and March 16th.  Steven Mazur and Eric Huang are 2013 Venture for America Fellows who are using both the VFA Innovation Fund and VFA Accelerator to launch Ash & Anvil this…

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The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture

By Andrew Yang February 25, 2015 Originally published on qz.com In his book Excellent Sheep, William Deresiewicz describes the current generation of strivers as “driven to achieve without knowing why.” And then they become paralyzed when they’re not sure how to proceed. I jokingly call the hang-ups associated with a drive to achieve as “the Achievement Demons.” When I was growing up, I’d study for days trying to get good grades. When I’d get an “A,”…

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The Key to Staying in Touch with Friends

The Innovation Fund is a four-week crowdfunding competition that gives VFA Fellows the opportunity to launch their business ideas and projects. Nine Fellow-led teams are off to the races sharing their new ventures with the world and hustling to raise as much money as possible on Indiegogo between now and March 16th.  Molly Adair is a 2014 Venture for America fellow working as a graphic designer in Providence, RI. She wants to help other people keep in touch…

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Three Ways to Stop Making Excuses and Start a Business

The Innovation Fund is a four-week crowdfunding competition that gives VFA Fellows the opportunity to launch their business ideas and projects. Nine Fellow-led teams are off to the races sharing their new ventures with the world and hustling to raise as much money as possible on Indiegogo between now and March 16th.  Muhga Eltigani is launching her business, NaturAll Club, a subscription-based service for all natural hair care products and she's learning a lot in the process. In the…

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Consider the Accidental Haiku

The Innovation Fund is a four-week crowdfunding competition that gives VFA Fellows the opportunity to launch their business ideas and projects. Nine Fellow-led teams will be competing to raise as much money as possible between now and March 16th on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.  Charlie Molthrop and Labib Rahman have teamed up to create Haikoops, a Twitter bot that captures anytime someone accidentally tweets a Haiku, and with your help, a new book to share these…

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Software Development at a Startup: Expectations vs. Reality

2012 Fellow Scott Lowe hails from Muskogee, Oklahoma and attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a degree in Engineering Physics. While in Detroit for his fellowship, Scott split his time between working at Chalkfly and renovating an abandoned mansion in order to transform it into a co-working and living space for future VFA Fellows. The project led him and fellow Fellows Max Nussenbaum and Tim Dingman to launch Castle, a property management software platform that has…

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