Archive by Category "venture for america"

The VFA Podcast: Scott Reich and Mike Winik on growing OurHarvest, why the golden rule is good for business, and what it takes to earn the trust of farmers

The VFA Podcast: Scott Reich and Mike Winik on growing OurHarvest, why the golden rule is good for business, and what it takes to earn the trust of farmers

June 18, 2015
Listen to the most recent episode of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS! In this episode, host Jeremy Shinewald sits down with Scott Reich and Mike Winik, the co-founders of OurHarvest, a startup that works with local farms to bring fresh food directly to consumers at […]

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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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The Myth of the A-Player

The Myth of the A-Player

June 12, 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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The VFA Podcast: Charlie Kroll on founding Andera, the trials of operating payroll to payroll, and the necessity of testing and failing

The VFA Podcast: Charlie Kroll on founding Andera, the trials of operating payroll to payroll, and the necessity of testing and failing

June 10, 2015
Listen to the most recent installment of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS! In the latest episode, Jeremy Shinewald interviews Charlie Kroll, Co-Founder and President of Ellevate Financial and Founder and CEO of Andera, a venture-backed provider of customer acquisition solutions for the financial services […]

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The VFA Podcast: Will Nathan on using more of your brain, how disagreement can make your startup stronger, and the core value of keeping it fun

The VFA Podcast: Will Nathan on using more of your brain, how disagreement can make your startup stronger, and the core value of keeping it fun

June 8, 2015
Listen to the fourth installment of Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast, a play.it original in collaboration with CBS! In the latest episode, our host Jeremy Shinewald sits down with Will Nathan, a VFA supporter whose entrepreneurial instincts took him from a comfortable career in finance to co-founding Homepolish, a bootstrapped interior […]

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Once Upon a Time… This Little Graduate Got a Job

Once Upon a Time… This Little Graduate Got a Job

June 2, 2015
By Lauren Gill, VFA Talent Guru “Walk me through your resume.” “Tell me about a time when you took a small project and made something significant of it.” “Why is this position and company the right fit for you?” When you think about it, you start to realize that interviewing is really about weaving an […]

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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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