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Want a New Website? You May Have to Put in a Lot of Work to Get One

Want a New Website? You May Have to Put in a Lot of Work to Get One

June 17, 2015
By Andrew Yang June 17, 2015 Originally published on entrepreneur.com T hree of Venture for America’s fellows — Mike Wilner, Taylor Sundali, and Matt Fulton — noticed that over 50 percent of small businesses don’t have a website, and of those that do, over 90 percent aren’t optimized for mobile visitors. So, they started a […]

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Introducing Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast

Introducing Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast

May 13, 2015
We couldn’t be more excited to announce the launch of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS Radio! Building things is really hard and entrepreneurship is often portrayed in the media as the “sexy,” or even worse, “easy” career path. Rarely do we hear the […]

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The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture

The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture

February 25, 2015
By Andrew Yang February 25, 2015 Originally published on qz.com In his book Excellent Sheep, William Deresiewicz describes the current generation of strivers as “driven to achieve without knowing why.” And then they become paralyzed when they’re not sure how to proceed. I jokingly call the hang-ups associated with a drive to achieve as “the […]

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Smart People Should Build Things

September 18, 2014
Earlier this year, Harper Collins published Andrew Yang’s book Smart People Should Build Things, which that lays out a problem with massive ramifications – that top graduates in the U.S. are not building things. The question the book asks is this: what if the same level of talent that is currently heading to financial services, […]

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[EXCERPT] The Qualities We Need

[EXCERPT] The Qualities We Need

September 2, 2014
Check out the latest excerpt from “Smart People Should Build Things” as seen on FastCompany.com. Purchase your copy today at www.SmartPeopleShouldBuildThings.com! 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 […]

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Message to All VFA Applicants

Message to All VFA Applicants

May 15, 2014
Thank you for considering applying to become a Venture for America Fellow. Your interest says a fair amount about you as a person– enterprising, motivated, and looking to have an impact. My belief in you and the potential of our country’s best and brightest is why I founded Venture for America. I know that what […]

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[Excerpt] Professional Services as Business Training

[Excerpt] Professional Services as Business Training

January 23, 2014
There’s fewer than two weeks left until the release of “Smart People Should Build Things” by our Founder, Andrew Yang! We’ve released a handful of excerpts over the past few weeks, and you can check back for even more between now and the February 4th release. To pre-order your copy today, visit SmartPeopleShouldBuildThings.com! As we’ve […]

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[EXCERPT] Talent Allocation is a Zero-Sum Game

[EXCERPT] Talent Allocation is a Zero-Sum Game

January 14, 2014
VFA Founder and CEO Andrew Yang will release his first book, Smart People Should Build Things, on February 4th, 2014. Check out the most recent excerpt below on the chosen paths of talented young people, and check back for more in the coming weeks. You can also pre-order your copy today at SmartPeopleShouldBuildThings.com! Excerpted from […]

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[Excerpt] Smart People Should Build Things:The Prestige Pathways

[Excerpt] Smart People Should Build Things:The Prestige Pathways

December 17, 2013
VFA Founder and CEO Andrew Yang will release his first book, Smart People Should Build Things, in early 2014. Check back between now and the February 4th release date for more excerpts. You can also pre-order your copy today at SmartPeopleShouldBuildThings.com! Excerpted from SMART PEOPLE SHOULD BUILD THINGS by Andrew Yang Let’s imagine a very […]

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Smart People Should Build Things

Smart People Should Build Things

December 3, 2013
We couldn’t be more excited for our founder, Andrew Yang, to publish his first book, Smart People Should Build Things, in early 2014. In Smart People Should Build Things, Andrew lays out where our talent is going, how one develops as an entrepreneur, and discusses possible solutions (including Venture for America!) for the problems in […]

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