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Why I Went VFA: Dylan Gordon

When it comes to the stories of how our Fellows chose VFA, no two are the same. Each morning at Fellow Training Camp, we ask one Fellow to choose one of Venture for America's "credos" that really speaks to them, and tell the story of why. 2014 VFA Fellow Dylan Gordon tells his story below. There is no courage without risk When Ms. Lucy handed me a standardized test in the first grade, I sprinted out of the…

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VFA Update: Training Camp, Birthdays, and Summer as a Fellow

Check out our latest newsletter for an update from Providence, RI, where our Fellows are well into their startup Training!   Dear VFA Friends and Supporters: Summertime and the living's easy... unless you're a VFA Fellow, that is. While most of us are gearing up for the most patriotic day of the year (and our favorite holiday at VFA!), our Fellows have landed in Providence, RI and launched into 5 weeks of rigorous startup training. Luckily,…

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What’s College Good For?

In a recent Op-Ed published on VFA Founder, Andrew Yang, discusses the future of the "traditional university" and why so many parents want their children to go to top tier schools as opposed to their state's public universities or community colleges. Check out the Op-Ed below and read more on this topic in Andrew's book, Smart People Should Build Things. Originally published on Most everyone agrees that an education revolution is at hand. With the advent of…

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VFA Update: New Cities, New Ventures, and a VFA Party

Want to know what's going on at VFA? Check out our most recent newsletter below, and if you haven't already, sign up to stay in the loop with more updates like this one! SIGN UP FOR OUR UPDATES Dear VFA Friends and Supporters: Happy Spring from Venture for America HQ! While our 2013 Fellows continue to work hard in their cities across the country, our 2012 Fellows are looking ahead to the future, with some even ready to start…

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[EXCERPT] The Qualities We Need

Check out the latest excerpt from "Smart People Should Build Things" as seen on Purchase your copy today at! A friend told me about a young Princeton graduate she knew named Cole. Cole studied mathematics and went to work for a hedge fund directly out of school. He’s now making well into six figures at the age of twenty-four. That’s his whole story to date. That’s success and the American way. And yet how excited…

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CBS Evening News visits VFA Training Camp

This summer while we were at Brown University in Providence, CBS Evening News came by to find out just what our Fellows are all about. Check out the story below to hear from Avery Houser ('13) and Mike Mayer ('12), see the Fellows in action at Training Camp, and even get a peek inside one of our Providence partner companies (and huge success story!), Teespring.

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