Big Think

Big Think
By BIG THINK EDITORS
October 29, 2014

Andrew Yang is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America (VFA), a non-profit fellowship program that grooms the next generation of American entrepreneurs by placing college graduates in apprentice positions at startups in emerging cities such as Detroit, New Orleans, and Providence. Yang is also the author of the book Smart People Should Build Things, which was published earlier this year by HarperBusiness. He recently visited Big Think to explain the book’s core ideas, discuss VFA’s mission, and explain how his organization operates.

In the interview above, Yang describes how college graduates more often than not follow one of just six career paths: financial services, management consulting, law school, medical school, graduate school/academia, and Teach for America. On top of that, graduates tend to cluster in only six major metropolitan areas: New York City, San Francisco/Silicon Valley, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, and L.A.

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