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The VFA Accelerator launches today!

The VFA Accelerator launches today!

March 2, 2015
Mike Tarullo is SVP of Corporate Development at Venture for America and program director for the VFA Accelerator. Our favorite thing about working at Venture for America is seeing our Fellows change and grow throughout their time with us. We meet thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs on campus or early in their careers who say they […]

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A Year Later We Still Believe “Smart People Should Build Things”

A Year Later We Still Believe “Smart People Should Build Things”

February 4, 2015
A year ago today, our Founder & CEO, Andrew Yang, added author to his already impressive list of accomplishments by publishing “Smart People Should Build Things.” It’s been such an exciting journey for Andrew (and all of us!) since last February and wanted to take today to thank all the supporters who have made the […]

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The Reason We Need More Women Starting Companies

The Reason We Need More Women Starting Companies

February 4, 2015
By Andrew Yang February 3, 2015 Originally published on businessinsider.com I recently read an article about “The Babadook,” an independent horror movie that received rave reviews (97% on Rotten Tomatoes). The writer and director is a woman, Jennifer Kent, and the movie features a psychological treatment of various family anxieties. It’s so good and revolutionary […]

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Meet Team VFA: Laila Selim

Meet Team VFA: Laila Selim

January 23, 2015
In case you haven’t heard, we kind of love our jobs here at VFA HQ. We get to hang out with our incredible Fellows, identify the next generation of entrepreneurs, find founders and teams who are building something great, and proudly shout from the rooftops about our work in some of the coolest cities across the country. But the […]

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A Manager’s Guide to Managing Up

A Manager’s Guide to Managing Up

January 14, 2015
Mike Tarullo is SVP of Corporate Development at Venture for America. Mike has ran 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 how to effectively manage up and follow his thoughts […]

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Questionable Questions: Avoid without question.

Questionable Questions: Avoid without question.

January 8, 2015
By Lauren Gill, VFA Talent Guru Read any interview tips article, and it’ll tell you that preparation is key to nailing a job interview. I couldn’t agree more. Most people focus on being able to effectively answer questions in an interview, but crafting smart questions to ask is essential. When someone asks me an easily […]

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Endangered Species: Young U.S. Entrepreneurs

Endangered Species: Young U.S. Entrepreneurs

January 7, 2015
This week, the Wall St. Journal published an article that shines a much-needed spotlight on a major problem our country faces: entrepreneurship in the U.S. is on the decline, and has been for decades– particularly among young people. “Endangered Species: Young U.S. Entrepreneurs” points out that even though there’s a widely held notion that 20-somethings […]

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Thank you & end of year update

Thank you & end of year update

December 22, 2014
Dear VFA friends and supporters, When I started Venture for America in 2011, I believed that we weren’t asking enough of our young people. We needed more of them to take on the challenge of building a new business or organization. Through this, they’d create new opportunities for themselves and others. They would also become […]

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

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

September 5, 2014
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 […]

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What’s College Good For?

What’s College Good For?

September 4, 2014
In a recent Op-Ed published on FastCompany.com 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 […]

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