Andrew Yang

Founder and CEO, Venture for America

Focus Area: Entrepreneurship

Andrew Yang is Founder and CEO of Venture for America and the author of Smart People Should Build Things. Venture for America places top college graduates in startups in low-cost U.S. cities for two years, generating job growth and training the next generation of entrepreneurs. Andrew previously worked in startups and early-stage growth companies for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test preparation company acquired by Washington Post/Kaplan; co-founded an Internet company; and was an executive at a healthcare software startup. Andrew was named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2011 and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 and 2013. He graduated from Columbia Law and Brown University and lives in New York.




Venture for America recruits the best and brightest college graduates to work for two years at emerging startups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities. Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America provides a path for entrepreneurship to college graduates who want to learn how to build companies and create jobs.

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