Archive by Category "venture for america"


Why I Went VFA: Rafael De Armas

Why I Went VFA: Rafael De Armas

May 14, 2015
Rafael grew up in Caracas, Venezuela where he was first inspired to be an entrepreneur by watching his father build a successful newspaper and media company. He moved to the U.S. in 2007 where he’s earned two degrees: a BA in Business Administration from Florida International University and a BS in Computer Science from the […]

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Meet Team VFA: Jackie Miller

Meet Team VFA: Jackie Miller

May 8, 2015
Jackie Miller, aka J$ (“J-Money” when spoken aloud), is the Director of Partnerships here at VFA and is responsible for maintaining and growing VFA’s network of donors and supporters. Jackie grew up in the Bay Area before taking her talents to the east coast where she worked at two international humanitarian organizations prior to VFA. Known as a […]

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Mentor Spotlight: Sherman Hu

Mentor Spotlight: Sherman Hu

April 30, 2015
During their time with us, VFA Fellows are matched with mentors from a variety of industries and backgrounds who help them navigate challenges, build professional skills, and accelerate their careers as conscious entrepreneurs. This week, we’re introducing VFA Mentor Sherman Hu to share what his experience has been like as a mentor and give a glimpse […]

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Meet Team VFA: Eric Caballero

Meet Team VFA: Eric Caballero

April 22, 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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Meet our Fellow Founders: Ash & Anvil

Meet our Fellow Founders: Ash & Anvil

April 13, 2015
The Venture for America Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to support and catalyze the launch of Fellow-founded companies. Based in Philadelphia, the Fellows and their teams are provided coworking space at First Round Capital, weekly programming, and access to VFA’s network of mentors, advisors, and investors. This year, five teams have hit the ground […]

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Fellow Spotlight: Mitch Rubin

Fellow Spotlight: Mitch Rubin

April 7, 2015
There’s a lot to love about life at VFA HQ, but our favorite perk is getting to hang with the Fellows…a lot. Whether they’re dropping in to help out at Selection Day, or giving us a call to chat about life, work, and the companies they’re dreaming up, the Team gets to know our Fellows […]

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A California Girl Falls for Cleveland

A California Girl Falls for Cleveland

April 1, 2015
Lena Kelly is a 2014 Fellow who hails from Los Angeles, CA and attended Washington University in St. Louis. After exploring the high tech world with internships at Google, Answers.com and Epson, Lena left her west coast roots to move to Cleveland to begin her VFA Fellowship. She’s currently helping Boxcast transform the way people communicate as […]

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You can’t multitask, either

You can’t multitask, either

March 27, 2015
Mike Tarullo is SVP of Corporate Development at Venture for America. Mike has run 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 prioritizing and productivity and follow his thoughts on jobs, […]

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Why I Went VFA: Lizzie McDonald

Why I Went VFA: Lizzie McDonald

March 24, 2015
When it comes to the stories of how our Fellows chose VFA, no two are the same. We wanted to check in with our upcoming class of 2015 Fellows and hear why they made the move to go VFA. Lizzie, a native of Mobile, Alabama, will graduate as an honors student from Tulane University with a degree in Marketing […]

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