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The Grind, The Hustle.

July 23, 2015

Seun Oyewole is a 2014 Fellow working as a Venture Development Analyst at Invest Detroit, a community development financial institution. Seun got his degree in Foreign Service with a specialization in Regional & Comparative Studies between America and the Middle East at Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Studies. Seun helped lead a session on the art of "Grinding and Hustling" for a group of 2015-ers at this year's Training Camp.  At this point in our lives, we understand that lifestyle transitions are…

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The VFA Podcast: Gary Chou on side projects, developing an opportunistic lens, and what to do about burnout

July 22, 2015

Listen to the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a original in collaboration with CBS! In this week's episode, Jeremy sits down with Gary Chou, a longtime Venture for America supporter and a true renaissance man. Gary's career represents an unusually wide range of experiences: he's worked as a film producer, the Chief Strategist at Cisco Media, the General Manager at Union Square Ventures, a roadie for his friend's band —…

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2015 Training Camp: Week 4 Recap

July 21, 2015

Four down, one to go! The Fellows were re-energized during our second to last week here in Providence, absorbing workshops, panel discussions and lectures by day, and building working prototypes for new products by night. Toss in some trampoline dodgeball, a trip to the Roger Williams Zoo, and VFA-wide "selfie challenge," and we'll call it a pretty good week. Check out the recap video and a closer look below!  The Product Challenge: Let the Building Begin Strapped with…

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Why I went VFA: Nathan Robertson

July 17, 2015

2015 Fellow Nathan Roberston reflects on the significance of choosing a career path that will create value for himself and for those around him.  After Training Camp Nathan is headed to Colorado where he'll be working for Indigo Project, a company that seeks to measure and cultivate non-academic skills that were previously considered untestable.   Visit for more information on becoming a VFA Fellow. Name: Nathan Robertson College or University: University of Oklahoma Major: Public Relations  Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma Fellow Class: 2015 I…

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America in 2043

July 14, 2015

By Andrew Yang July 14, 2015 Originally published on I had a meeting with Ben Hecht, the head of Living Cities several months ago. He regularly communes with the leaders of major foundations, and he described what’s on most of their minds as this problem: “In less than 30 years, the majority of the US population will be non-white. And at that point, if current trends hold, the new majority will have lower rates of…

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2015 Training Camp: Week 3 Recap

We're officially more than halfway through Training Camp and if there's one thing we've learned in the first 3 weeks, it's that life is pretty nonstop around here. Whether they're absorbing lectures by world-class trainers and guests, working into the night on their weekly challenge, or facilitating discussions in their own time, the Fellows continue to move full-speed ahead. Check out the week 3 recap below:  Guests on Guests [caption id="attachment_12584" align="alignright" width="317"] Fellows getting help from TTS…

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