Archive by Category "venture for america"

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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The Key to Staying in Touch with Friends

The Key to Staying in Touch with Friends

February 24, 2015
The Innovation Fund is a four-week crowdfunding competition that gives VFA Fellows the opportunity to launch their business ideas and projects. Nine Fellow-led teams are off to the races sharing their new ventures with the world and hustling to raise as much money as possible on Indiegogo between now and March 16th.  Molly Adair is a 2014 […]

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Apps are open!

September 24, 2014
Our 2014 Fellows have landed in their cities, and we’re off to the races to find our next stellar class of Fellows. Throughout the fall and spring, VFA will travel the country to identify the the next generation of entrepreneurs who have the character, grit, and potential as a startup employee and founder to join […]

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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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Fellow Spotlight: Katherine Catlin, Gonzaga University

June 14, 2013
  Name:  Katherine (Kate) Catlin Hometown: Redmond, WA University:  Gonzaga University   ’13 Major: Economics What led you to apply for Venture for America? I’ve been active in social and environmental causes since Junior High, and always thought I was going into the public sector or NGO work. Spending a semester in Nicaragua with the Social Entrepreneurship Corps […]

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Businesses take time to build

Businesses take time to build

February 22, 2013
After over a decade working in startups, Andrew Yang has learned many important lessons about what it takes to build a business. But according to him, what entrepreneurs really need to found a successful organization is patience and willingness to dedicate time to the idea. In his recent article in the Huffington Post, Andrew discusses […]

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Help VFA win the JobRaising Challenge

January 23, 2013
  Dear VFA Friends and Supporters: We're thrilled to announce that Venture for America has been chosen as a finalist for The Huffington Post's JobRaising challenge!  Now, we're out to raise as much money as possible and we need your help.  The winner of the challenge will receive $150,000 from the Skoll Foundation – enough […]

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Invite from the White House

April 18, 2012
Monday night I received the following message from the White House: INVITATION: Meeting with the President (4/26/2012) Dear Andrew Yang, April 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of the White House Champions of Change Program. To celebrate this anniversary, we are inviting a small group of our past Champions to participate in a small meeting with […]

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VFA at SXSW

March 13, 2012
I was on a panel at SXSW earlier this week with Mark Davis (Kohort), Marc Nager (Startup Weekend), Nick Seguin (Kauffman Foundation), Jeff Slobotski (Silicon Prairie News), and Paige Craig (BetterWorks) moderated by Shane Reiser (also of Kohort).  The topic was How to Build Entrepreneurship Communities.  Brad Feld of Techstars was meant to join us, […]

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What The Right People Can Do

November 10, 2011
New blog post from Venture for America Founder and President, Andrew Yang: One of the central premises of Venture for America is that having the right people on board early in a company’s development is crucial to a business growing and achieving its potential. The more experienced an entrepreneur is, the more he or she […]

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