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The VFA Podcast: Shara Mendelson on how her unexpected love for a theater company inspired her to found Plum Benefits

Check out the third episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS! This week, co-hosts Jeremy Shinewald and Miles Lasater sit down with Shara Mendelson, the founder of Plum Benefits and a fellow VFA board member. Shara’s story starts in a surprising place: a hole-in-the-wall theater company, where she volunteered as a recent college grad to escape the misery of a bad job. Inspired by…

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Meet Our Fellow Founders: Sky Mutual

The Venture for America Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to support and catalyze the launch of our Fellow-founded companies. Based in Philadelphia, the Fellows and their teams are provided coworking space at First Round Capital, weekly programming, and access to VFA’s network of mentors, advisors, and investors. This year, five teams have hit the ground running in Philly, continuing to develop their businesses and preparing to become full-time founders at the conclusion of their Fellowship…

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The VFA Podcast: Dan Porter on being the President of TFA, creating three #1 iPhone Apps and annoying Steve Jobs

Check out the second episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS! Couldn't get enough of the interview with VFA Founder & CEO, Andrew Yang? We're back. This week, our host Jeremy Shinewald, along with guest host Miles Lasater, sits down with Dan Porter, former President of Teach for America, serial entrepreneur, and current Board Member of Venture for America. Dan may be most well known for…

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Want to Cure Income Inequality? The Answer is Entrepreneurship

By Andrew Yang May 19, 2015 A version of this article was originally published on entrepreneur.com O ne of the most pressing issues for our society today is income inequality. That is, the rich get richer while the poor struggle to access meaningful opportunities. Janet Yellen, President Obama, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich have all cited it as a growing concern for our economic well-being. Equally troubling is the sense that the primary path…

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Why I Went VFA: Rafael De Armas

Rafael grew up in Caracas, Venezuela where he was first inspired to be an entrepreneur by watching his father build a successful newspaper and media company. He moved to the U.S. in 2007 where he's earned two degrees: a BA in Business Administration from Florida International University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Miami. Between these two degrees, Rafael spent two years co-founding and building an office and cleaning supply company in…

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Introducing Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast

We couldn't be more excited to announce the launch of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS Radio! Building things is really hard and entrepreneurship is often portrayed in the media as the “sexy,” or even worse, “easy” career path. Rarely do we hear the real stories of struggle, resiliency, and even failure – the stress of staying just ahead of payroll, the cost of making…

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