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Smart People Should Build Things

Andrew_Yang | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact

I knew that there were promising startups and growth companies all over the country that needed talent to expand and thrive. I knew firsthand that there was an army of talented, ambitious, somewhat directionless young people who'd love to work for a startup.

Progress and Promise in Las Vegas

Venture For America | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Venture For America

By Jude Stanion, Venture for America Class of 2012 When I moved to Las Vegas over a year ago, I thought I knew what I was getting myself into. I had ...

Amazon Mechanical Jerk

Zoe Chaves | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Zoe Chaves

The marching orders "think like an Industrialist" and Amazon's Mechanical Turk destroyed my integrity in just an afternoon. I'm still trying to figure out the cheapest way to get it back.

Why We Created A Startup With Two 22-Year-Olds

Marian Salzman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Small Business
Marian Salzman

No one's talking about evolution or even revolution anymore. Reinvention was so five years ago, and rebooting two. Now it's all about disruption. And who better to disrupt than outsiders? And that's why a pair of recent grads are the best people to navigate this corner of the social media PR space right now.

How to Find a Job with Headroom

Venture For America | Posted 01.23.2014 | Small Business
Venture For America

By Mike Tarullo, VP of Corporate Development at Venture for America I've spent the last two years helping young people launch their careers at startu...

Career Advice for the Clueless

Robert Hatta | Posted 09.07.2013 | Small Business
Robert Hatta

Admit that you are clueless. And it's perfectly OK. Hell, it turns out that your brain is still developing and will continue to do so well into your twenties.

To Live And Rise Detroit

Cecilia Pagkalinawan | Posted 08.19.2013 | Small Business
Cecilia Pagkalinawan

I got on my plane to NY after 48 hours in Detroit with tears in my eyes. Why was I so moved by the people, entrepreneurs, and start-ups I met during such a short visit? Trips to London, Milan, Los Angeles and San Francisco have never affected me in such a way.

Crowdfunding the Fellows

Andrew_Yang | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact

It's hard to get started as a young entrepreneur -- often much harder than one would ever realize.

Smart People Should Build Things - How We Can Create 100,000 New U.S. Jobs

Andrew_Yang | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact

Our young people desperately want the chance to participate in and lead our nation's economic and cultural revival. They're up for the challenges that they're going to inherit. It only remains for us to present the path to address them.

Change the Game, Don't Let the Game Change You

Venture For America | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

By Shilpi Kumar, 2013 Venture for America Fellow I distinctly remember the first time I got called out for breaking the rules. I was almost at the go...

Started From the Bottom, Now We're Here: Maslow and Careers

Venture For America | Posted 06.09.2013 | Small Business
Venture For America

By Mike Tarullo, VP of Corporate Development at Venture for America When I was 22 and graduating from college, there were a couple paths to take. T...

It's Never Too Early to Start Thinking like an Entrepreneur

Venture For America | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

By Chris Schultz, Co-founder of LaunchPad & Flatstack in New Orleans "Who wants fireballs going out, and who wants her shooting flames?" Lionel asked...

Move Where You Can Matter

Venture For America | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

People from outside still look at me strangely when I tell them I moved to Detroit. "There's not much in Detroit, is there?" They say. They don't get that that's the point. I moved to Detroit because the city is full of empty spaces, just waiting for me -- for us -- to fill them up.

The JobRaising Challenge: Engagement, Opportunity and $1.5 Million for Jobs

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

We are pleased to announce the astonishing results: JobRaising raised over $1,500,000 to help put Americans back to work -- more than $1,200,000 of that through CrowdRise alone. And yet, the Challenge was about more than just the numbers.

JobRaising Initiative Raises $1.5 Million For Job-Creating Nonprofits

The Huffington Post | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact

As the clock ticked toward midnight on Friday night, donations for the JobRaising Challenge finalists continued to pour in. The six-week long contest ...

Small Group, Big Impact

Venture For America | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif It's hard to imagine what Downtown Project was like before the Venture for America Fellows joined our team. I'm not really sure how we functioned without them.

Big Ideas Can Come from Anywhere (Even the Smallest State)

Venture For America | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifI heard someone say recently, "An idea that can change the course of a company can come from anywhere." It wasn't until days later that I realized how broad of an impact such a mindset could create.

What It's Like To Be An Entrepreneur In Detroit

Venture For America | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

Detroit is one of many struggling cities, and struggling cities fail to attract top talent. But Detroit is among a number of cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Businesses Take Time to Build

Andrew_Yang | Posted 04.16.2013 | Small Business

One of my mentors once said to me, "It takes at least four or five years to see if a company is going to work. Generally more. If you're really fast, maybe you can get a sense of where things are going by the end of Year Three."

The Need for Talent in 'Fly-over' Cities

Venture For America | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif So far in Ohio and other fly-over states, emerging models of public-private partnerships are yielding encouraging returns, and programs such as VFA recognize this progress and contribute to their growth.

Stand for Something that Matters

Venture For America | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifFor years, I was a perfect example of your typical over-achieving undergrad. Finance major. Investment Banker-to-be. I was driven, capable, and determined to be the best. And I was damn proud of it. Sound familiar?

The Stories We Tell About Ourselves Are the Most Important

Venture For America | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifStories educate, persuade, impassion, anger, placate, and manipulate us. And there are almost no stories that are as important as the stories that we tell about ourselves. Which is why I chose Venture For America.

Not All White-collar Jobs Are Created Equal

Andrew_Yang | Posted 03.18.2013 | Business

Do you get paid a lot? I didn't have any real numbers in mind, but more money seemed better than less. This was my original thinking in a nutshell: seek higher-paid thought work.

Professional Services as a Training Ground

Andrew_Yang | Posted 02.20.2013 | Small Business

In my view, professional services have become conflated with 'business' when really they're a narrow subset/category of businesses.

Running a Non-Profit vs. Running a Company

Andrew_Yang | Posted 02.10.2013 | Small Business

It's important to know that some problems lend themselves to for-profit solutions, and some lend themselves to non-profit solutions. The trick is balancing it so you can, to the extent possible, get the best of both worlds.