250WORDS.COM: Smart People Should Build Things

February 5, 2014
By Sam McNerney

Andrew Yang (@AndrewYangVFA) is the founder and CEO of Venture for America, which trains top college graduates and sends them to start-ups where they learn how to become entrepreneurs. His new book is Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America. Andrew began as a lawyer making $125,000 a year before he quit to co-found the dot-com company Stargiving. Looking back on his experiences as a lawyer and an entrepreneur, Andrew asks, “What if 25 percent of our top graduates went to start-ups around the country each year instead of to Wall Street?”
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PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, FINDING THE NEXT EINSTEIN: Where Can Smart People Have The Greatest Impact?

February 3, 2014
By Jonathan Wai, Ph.D.

Andrew Yang is an extremely smart person. In fact, his brainpower is off the charts. He scored in the top 0.5% on the SAT at age 12, was admitted to Stanford and Brown, got a 178 LSAT, and a 780 GMAT. He personally felt unfulfilled by a legal career after graduating from Columbia Law, so he ended up paving his own path, eventually founding Venture For America. In Smart People Should Build Things he tells his personal story, explaining how the idea for VFA came when he noticed a lot of smart people felt unfulfilled in their corporate and finance jobs and wanted to make a difference in American communities. Continue reading

USA TODAY: Venture for America launches young entrepreneurs

February 2, 2014
By Laura Baverman

When the management consulting and investment banking job offers and law and business school acceptance letters come in this spring, 100 U.S. college seniors will decline those typically sought-after opportunities.

They’ll choose Venture for America instead, working for the next two years at start-ups around the nation, in preparation for starting a business someday.
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