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Spring is here, Summer Celebration is near

Have you heard about the 2015 Summer Celebration yet? Early bird general admission tickets are on sale until May 1st at a discounted price of $300. Get them while you can! So far, confirmed hosts and attendees for the event include Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Pauline Brown, Adam Braun, Sallie Krawcheck, Dhani Jones, Cyrus Massoumi, Andy Weissman, David Tisch, Lauren Zalaznick and many more. This year, Rackspace Co-founder and Chairman Graham Weston will join us for a…

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An impulsive trip to Detroit to meet a stranger ended up being the best money I ever spent

By Andrew Yang April 16, 2015 Originally published on I n late 2010, I was telling people about my plan to recruit top college graduates to join and start early-stage companies around the country to generate U.S. job growth. I wanted to start in Detroit. I discussed this with an accomplished entrepreneur and fellow Brown alum, Liz Hamburg. Liz said to me, “If you’re interested in Detroit, I should introduce you to Bernie Sucher.” She…

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Meet our Fellow Founders: Ash & Anvil

The Venture for America Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to support and catalyze the launch of 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 this…

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Fellow Spotlight: Mitch Rubin

There's a lot to love about life at VFA HQ, but our favorite perk is getting to hang with the Fellows...a lot. Whether they're dropping in to help out at Selection Day, or giving us a call to chat about life, work, and the companies they're dreaming up, the Team gets to know our Fellows pretty well. So while we might be a little biased, we think they're pretty awesome—and we figured it was time to share…

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A California Girl Falls for Cleveland

Lena Kelly is a 2014 Fellow who hails from Los Angeles, CA and attended Washington University in St. Louis. After exploring the high tech world with internships at Google, and Epson, Lena left her west coast roots to move to Cleveland to begin her VFA Fellowship. She's currently helping Boxcast transform the way people communicate as a Digital Storyteller, and when she's not crushing it at her job you can find her backpacking or balling out on…

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You can’t multitask, either

Mike Tarullo is SVP of Corporate Development at Venture for America. Mike has run and managed nearly every department at VFA and most recently has focused his efforts on helping Fellows build companies via our seed fund, the VFA Accelerator and Innovation Fund.  Read on for his advice on prioritizing and productivity and follow his thoughts on jobs, learning and startups on his blog "Outside the Echo Chamber".  We’ve all been told that there are seven habits of highly effective…

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