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    New kid on the team? Here’s how to add value and earn respect.

    New kid on the team? Here’s how to add value and earn respect.


    During the early days of my career, I was often the youngest, least-experienced person in the room. Although it was tempting to chalk this up to my own prodigy status, I instead took advantage of the opportunity to learn from those wiser and more experienced than myself. But I know it’s not always easy to […]

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    Introducing Office Hours: Startup career advice from people who’ve been there

    Introducing Office Hours: Startup career advice from people who’ve been there


    At Venture for America, we have the privilege of working closely with a few hundred startup employees across the country—our Fellows. VFA Fellows live and work in 15 US cities, helping to grow young, innovative companies, strengthen local economies, and create jobs. They’re a smart, capable, and resilient bunch, prepared to work hard and eager […]

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    How To Know If You Should Continue Your Side Project Or Let It Go

    How To Know If You Should Continue Your Side Project Or Let It Go


    Originally published by Chip Koziara ’14 on Elite Daily What do Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter have in common (besides being huge social media networks)? They were not the first projects their founders started working on. Snapchat wasn’t Evan Spiegel’s first startup idea. Instagram came to be after Kevin Systrom edited his previous project, Burbn. Twitter was a project […]

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    Onwards and Upwards: 2016 Innovation Fund Recap

    Onwards and Upwards: 2016 Innovation Fund Recap


    The VFA Innovation Fund is an annual month-long crowdfunding competition with more than $40k in prizes (!). During the Innovation Fund, participants work closely with the VFA team to refine their idea, set a fundraising goal, devise a plan—then spend four intense weeks raising money for their projects. And we’re not talking small change: this year, […]

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    How Leaders Lose Their Way

    How Leaders Lose Their Way


    Originally posted on Quartz I’ve always taken pride in relating to the underdog or little guy or gal. I grew up a skinny Asian kid who was often ignored or picked on. It stuck with me and branded my soul. As I grew up, I tried to stick up for whoever seemed excluded or marginalized. […]

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    The VFA Digest: The mindset of a serial entrepreneur

    The VFA Digest: The mindset of a serial entrepreneur


    In this week’s Digest: a look inside one startup that makes a point to treat its employees right; how the serial entrepreneurs behind THINX approach building things; and the trick to making a new skill automatic. Why this startup offers its hourly workers equity Managed by Q is an office management startup that does things […]

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    Students Aren’t Going To College To Learn, They’re Going To Network

    Students Aren’t Going To College To Learn, They’re Going To Network


    Originally posted on Forbes Last week, tens of thousands of high school seniors across the country got bad news. Acceptance rates at selective colleges hit record lows, down to a minuscule 4.7% at Stanford and 5.2% at Harvard from an already stingy 10.9% and 10.5% ten years ago. The same trend was true at Brown, […]

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    How Our Customers Taught Us How to Sell

    How Our Customers Taught Us How to Sell


    Originally posted by Mike Wilner, Co-founder of Compass on Readthink.com “Always be closing.” “Be persistent.” “Don’t take no for an answer.” When I started selling for my startup, Compass, it was my first time doing sales. I channeled cliché sales advice that echoed in my brain from having Glengarry Glen Ross clips sent to me. With […]

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