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Thinking About Starting a Business in College?

Andrew_Yang | Posted 10.20.2016 | College

The principles of running a business - delivering a service, getting the word out, managing people - are universal. Don't sweat the big picture. Embrace the real opportunities in front of you. They may lead to surprising places.

Social Entrepreneurship Enters the Mainstream

FOMIN | Posted 10.08.2016 | Business

While there is little doubt that social enterprises offer huge potential as sustainable drivers of development, growth, and job creation, as with other new and emerging sectors, social enterprises are highly dependent on their environment.

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

Techonomy | Posted 09.25.2016 | Business

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.

The Short Straw of Men's Fashion

Venture For America | Posted 04.28.2015 | Style
Venture For America

Fashion companies are constantly introducing new products and designs to keep up with modern trends. However, most fashion companies still build their clothing for the average person.

The Key to Staying in Touch With Friends

Venture For America | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Venture For America

By Molly Adair, 2014 Venture for America Fellow "Let's catch up soon!" We've all said it before and we'll all say it again. In passing, it's easy t...

Consider the Accidental Haiku

Venture For America | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Venture For America

In April of 2013, the New York Times launched Times Haiku, an algorithm-driven Tumblr that scans "All the News That's Fit to Print" for sentences that conform to the grade-school definition of the haiku: five syllables, then seven, then five.

Three Ways to Stop Making Excuses and Start a Business

Venture For America | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
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By Muhga Elitgani, 2014 Venture for America Fellow I had a problem. There were too many hair products in my cabinet and none of them were working ...

Last Minute Party Planning, Investor Style

Kelly Keenan Trumpbour | Posted 02.22.2015 | Style
Kelly Keenan Trumpbour

If you have a New Year's shindig in the works or need a rush delivery for Aunt Gladys, here are some great options that don't just sparkle, they help women excel.

Sniff Test: What Entrepreneurship Smells Like on Midwest Campuses

Robert Hatta | Posted 01.16.2015 | Technology
Robert Hatta

MHacks is one of 40 hackathons his company is participating in this year and this is one of dozens of household name tech companies in attendance. The smell of money almost masks the growing musk of young hackers crammed into this swampy auditorium.

Giving Small Businesses a Bigger Chance

Venture For America | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
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By Kate Catlin, Venture for America Class of 2013 How Internet Companies Could Potentially be Good for Your Favorite Local Boutique Instead of Just R...

Discovering Baltimore's Culinary Delights

Venture For America | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
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By Clara Gustafson, Venture for America Class of 2013 I would be lying if I told you that food was my life. I often forget to eat when I am at work...

The Venture for America Effect

Venture For America | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

By Giuseppe Crosti, Venture for America Class of 2013 Recently I launched a campaign, Cactus, on the crowd-funding platform Rocket Hub. Cactus is a p...

How the Small Compete with the Big

Venture For America | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
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By Taylor Sundali, Venture for America Class of 2013 "Would you be able to have my website open by September?" "Won't it cost a lot of money?" ...

Building a Better Model for Microlending

Venture For America | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Venture For America

I listened to representatives of some of the most reputable aid organizations in the world squabble over "territory" -- completely disregarding the fact that "territory" was referring to the people suffering from disaster just outside the air-conditioned trailer.

The War for Talent

Andrew_Yang | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business

One reason why the hyperallocation of talent to certain industries, regions and firms goes ignored is that it combines narratives no one wants to talk about. Our economy has progressed from making things to supplying financial services.

Entrepreneurship Isn't About Creativity

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.31.2014 | Small Business

I sometimes compare starting a business to having a child. You have a moment of profound inspiration, followed by months of thankless hard work and waking up in the middle of the night.

Professional Services as Business Training

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business

We're breeding large battalions of indifferent professionals in a handful of cities, when what we need is something very different. We need committed builders.

The Allocation of Talent is a Zero-Sum Game

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.11.2014 | Small Business

Everyone reading this knows a host of former lawyers, bankers, consultants, academics, or doctors for whom the work or environment was not right, many of whom eventually left the profession or stuck around halfheartedly.

There Is No Need for a Culture of Martyrdom

Andrew_Yang | Posted 12.17.2013 | TED Weekends

I wanted to be a good non-profit leader, which cut against my instincts as a corporate leader. Why were the two so different?

The Prestige Pathways

Andrew_Yang | Posted 02.16.2014 | Education

The requirements are clear: you have to have good grades, be able to perform some cognitive tasks with words and numbers in the form of case studies that you should prepare for and practice, and hopefully look good in a suit.

You Don't Need Experience to Make an Impact

Mike Wilner | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Mike Wilner

I used to believe I needed some grooming, spending last summer working at an investment bank so I could eventually make a difference. After three months on Wall Street, I realized that I wasn't content with waiting.

Empowering an Island of Misfit Toys

Chelsea Koglmeier | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Chelsea Koglmeier

Despite the odds, we aren't facing these problems that, they say, accompany growth.

From Jobs Created to Jobs Filled in Detroit

Derek Turner | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Derek Turner

Detroit entrepreneurs start companies that are high-growth and high-technology, but also require very specifically-skilled people in order to grow.

Putting the ‘Us' Back in Music

Kate Leisy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Kate Leisy

At its core, Bandaloo aims to revolutionize the way that music is formed, found, and brought to you as musicians and music fans.

Why Four 20-Somethings Bought a House in Detroit

Max Nussenbaum, Tim Dingman, Scott Lowe | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Max Nussenbaum, Tim Dingman, Scott Lowe

Our plan is to transform this house -- and, in the future, others like it -- into a home for future Venture for America Fellows who will become a part of the local community for years to come.