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This article is part of our series “Vocate’s Wall of Fame”. Each person described in the series is someone who has inspired the Vocate team and who we believe represents what “unlocking human potential” means. Quite literally, the Wall of Fame exists in our office (printed out images framed on the wall) and every week we vote on a new honoree.

Andrew Yang, author of Smart People Should Build Things, is a successful entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Venture for America, a fellowship program focused on cultivating and training the next generation of entrepreneurs and connecting them with highly sought after jobs at startups, most often in cities with “emerging entrepreneurial eco-systems.” These recent college grads are revolutionizing the world of entrepreneurship and become an integral part of communities, on which they make a tangible impact. Not only are they making positive change throughout the job ecosystem, but many Fellows go on to start their own companies and are encouraged and supported by Venture for America throughout the process.

Prior to the founding of Venture for America, Yang worked as a corporate attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell. However, his career in law ended only a year later when he decided to start Stargiving.com. He then joined MMF Systems, Inc., a healthcare software startup and eventually moved on to become CEO of Manhattan Prep and President of Kaplan, Inc. after having significantly expanded Manhattan Prep’s national reach.

Most recently, for his work with Venture for America, he was named a Champion of Change and a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship by the White House. He was also recognized as one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.”

Andrew Yang is revolutionizing the way we think about traditional career paths, economic growth, and the world of startups and entrepreneurship. As he argues in Smart People Should Build Things, our nation’s most talented minds should be encouraged to invent and thrive in the startup world, rather than going to law school or taking an entry level job at a name brand company on Wall Street. Theoretically, this shift would promote economic growth, revitalize communities, and solve many of the most pressing economic and social problems that we see today. Maybe it’s time to rethink the meaning of a “good job.”

For more information, follow this link: http://ventureforamerica.org/vfa-team/andrew-yang/

Liza Lindgren

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