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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 play.it 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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WHY I WENT VFA: MARK BENNETT

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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The Surprising Truth About Young Entrepreneurs – They’re Fewer than Ever

By Andrew Yang A version of this article was originally published on http://techonomy.com/ W e are in a golden age of entrepreneurship. Young people are starting businesses in record numbers. Our culture is embracing risk-taking and innovation at the educational level and it’s paying off. Actually, none of this is true. A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled “Endangered Species: Young U.S. Entrepreneurs” laid out the facts. Only 3.6% of households headed by adults younger than…

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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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