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The US needs smart people in the workforce to create jobs. Yet after college, the best graduates seldom join growth firms responsible for most new jobs. They become consultants, financiers, lawyers or physicians – worthy professions that don’t generate employment. Andrew Yang wants top graduates to seek out and join entrepreneurial firms. He explains how his nonprofit organization, Venture for America, helps the best graduates land jobs at growth firms. Yang believes smart kids should help new companies grow so they can hire more smart kids and adults. getAbstract recommends this enthusiastic, unique perspective on career paths to human resource professionals, recent graduates, start-ups and investors who track large-scale business trends.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What occupations the majority of America’s top college graduates choose,
  • Why this dynamic is inimical to US job growth,
  • What Venture for America (VFA) is and
  • How it enhances entrepreneurial activity in the US.

About the Author

Andrew Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America, was named by Fast Company as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.”



In 2000, Brown University senior Charlie Kroll was poised to graduate and become a New York City investment banker. While at Brown, Kroll studied economics and served as treasurer for the Brown Investment Group. Though Kroll worked at Morgan Stanley as an intern during summer break...

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