Archive by Category "venture for america"

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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The Origins of an Urban Cross-Stitch

The Origins of an Urban Cross-Stitch

March 17, 2015
Fiona O’Leary Sloan is a 2013 Venture for America Fellow working as an urban planning consultant with U3 Advisors in Detroit, MI. She recently launched IARA (pronounced yiah-rah), an artisanal, handmade, and individually designed line of beaded jewelry, as part of the VFA Innovation Fund. Support Fiona and IARA by visiting her Indiegogo page. Last […]

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Save your eyes, and look good trying

Save your eyes, and look good trying

March 6, 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.  David Roger is the CEO/Founder […]

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Food for thought: is nutrition context-dependent?

Food for thought: is nutrition context-dependent?

March 5, 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.  2013 Fellow Astrid Schanz-Garbassi has […]

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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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