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Sniff Test: What Entrepreneurship Smells Like on Midwest Campuses

Robert Hatta | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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
Venture For America

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
Venture For America

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
Venture For America

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
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 | Home
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.