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The War for Talent

Andrew_Yang | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Andrew_Yang

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
Andrew_Yang

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
Andrew_Yang

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
Andrew_Yang

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
Andrew_Yang

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
Andrew_Yang

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 02.12.2014 | 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.

Smart People Should Build Things

Andrew_Yang | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Andrew_Yang

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 start...

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
Andrew_Yang

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
Andrew_Yang

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. ...

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.