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Andrew Yang is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, a 2-year fellowship program for top college graduates to work in start-ups in emerging U.S. cities. The goal of Venture for America is to create 100,000 new U.S. jobs by helping growth companies succeed and training future entrepreneurs. He has worked as an executive or founder at several education and technology start-ups. He was named a Presidential Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship by the White House and one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business. His book, "Smart People Should Build Things", is available at Amazon.

Entries by Andrew Yang

Why Women Are the Best Opportunity for Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 12:41 PM

The Honest Company, which makes natural eco-friendly household products, is set to go public. It was recently valued at $1.7 billion with more than $150 million in revenue.

Jessica Alba first got the idea for the Honest Company in 2009, when she had an allergic reaction to an...

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Why Entrepreneurship Is Like Raising a Child

(2) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 4:52 PM

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I recently became a parent for the second time. And I've now started several companies -- one that failed, one that did all right, and one that is currently ongoing.

It's struck me that there are tons of similarities between being an...

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What's Eating Silicon Valley

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 5:38 PM

Like most people, I look up to and admire the heroes of Silicon Valley (the real ones, not the ones from the TV show). They've given rise to services (e.g., Google, Facebook, Uber, LinkedIn, Airbnb) that we use every day and make the world a better place. They've created value,...

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How LeagueSide Found Big-Time Opportunities in Small-Town Sports

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 1:42 PM

Evan Brandoff grew up a sports fanatic. He played sports all the time. He decided at an early age to pursue a career in sports. He had a radio show in Long Island called "Sports Heaven with Mark and Evan"... the best damn radio show the Internet could handle. He...

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The 'Short Guy Problem' in Clothing Stores Spotlights the Limits of Big Brands

(1) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 1:50 PM

2 Venture for America Fellows, Steven Mazur and Eric Huang, struggled for years to find shirts that fit well off the rack. Every time they bought a shirt, it fit funny. The sleeves were too long. The proportions were unflattering. The fronts hung too low.

They had a problem...

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We're Bringing Unsexy Back to Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2015 | 2:42 PM

A few months ago, I was talking to Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder of Chobani, who had attended an entrepreneurship event earlier this year. He joked that the most entrepreneurial guy at the event was the person setting up the audio-visual equipment, as he was running a business and getting stuff...

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The National Distraction

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 10:08 AM

What could you do with $3 billion?

You could give every child living in poverty in the U.S. almost $200.

You could endow an organization or school that spends $120 million a year in perpetuity.

You could give 30,000 entrepreneurs a $100k loan each to start businesses...

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Thinking About Starting a Business in College?

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 6:27 PM

If you're a senior in college, congratulations! You're in the home stretch. The main question that comes up each day with classmates, friends and parents is "What are you doing after you graduate?"

You know the answer is supposed to be, "I'm working at a big well-regarded company" or...

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The Surprising Truth About Young Entrepreneurs - They're Fewer than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 1:02 PM

We are in a golden age of entrepreneurship. Young people are starting businesses in record numbers. Our culture is embracing risk-taking and innovation at the educational level and it's paying off.

Actually, none of this is true.

A recent Wall Street Journal article entitled "Endangered Species: Young U.S....

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America in 2043

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2015 | 4:34 PM

I had a meeting with Ben Hecht, the head of Living Cities several months ago. He regularly communes with the leaders of major foundations, and he described what's on most of their minds as this problem: "In less than 30 years, the majority of the U.S....

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

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 8:40 PM

Three 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 company, Compass, to address...

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Does Innovation Disrupt Job Growth?

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:55 PM

The other day I was chatting with an optometrist and asked how business was. "To be honest, I just sold my practice and felt very lucky to do so," he told me. "We make most of our money selling glasses, and a company called Warby Parker was eating...

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Want to Cure Income Inequality? The Answer Is Entrepreneurship

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 12:55 PM

One of the most pressing issues for our society today is income inequality. That is, the rich get richer while the poor struggle to access meaningful opportunities. Janet Yellen, President Obama, and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich have all cited it as a growing concern for our economic well-being....

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Bringing Customers Inside: What Many Businesses Can Take From Non-Profits

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 6:29 PM

Not too long ago a café, Good and Plenty, abruptly closed in my neighborhood. There wasn't any warning - I just showed up and there was a sign on the door saying "Thank you for supporting us these past years. We have closed."

It made me sad, and not only...

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An Impulsive Trip to Detroit to Meet a Stranger Ended up Being the Best Money I Ever Spent

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 6:35 PM

In late 2010, I was telling people about my plan to recruit top college graduates to join and start early-stage companies around the country to generate U.S. job growth. I wanted to start in Detroit.

I discussed this with an accomplished entrepreneur and fellow Brown alum, Liz Hamburg.

Liz said...

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Silicon Valley, Please Don't Forget the Rest of America

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 3:15 PM

As entrepreneurs, you, the builders of Silicon Valley, are our heroes and role models. You have forged a place where billion-dollar companies that didn't exist a decade ago dominate the landscape. A place where "entrepreneur" is actually a respected career path, as opposed to a cue for confused follow-up questions....

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The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 4:21 PM

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 Achievement Demons." When I was...

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We Need More Women Starting (Big) Companies

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 12:41 PM

I recently read an article about The Babadook, an independent horror movie that received rave reviews (97% on Rotten Tomatoes). The writer and director is a woman, Jennifer Kent, and the movie features a psychological treatment of various family anxieties. It's so good and revolutionary that one movie critic exclaimed...

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What's College Good for?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Most everyone agrees that an education revolution is at hand. With the advent of the Khan Academy, MOOCs, Coursera, Udacity, edX, the Minerva Project, and an ever-growing set of tech-enabled learning tools, it seems that the university-as-campus model is on the verge of being disrupted.

And yet applications to top...

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Team of Builders

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 12:25 PM

2013-12-03-51SSpyoL5aL._SY344_BO1204203200_.jpgExcerpted from Smart People Should Build Things by Andrew Yang

Who was the eighth employee at Google back in 1999?

I don't know either; I tried to Google it and couldn't find out. But I'm pretty confident that the...

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