Entrepreneurship Across America

I recently finished Andrew Yang’s book: Smart People Should Build Things.   The book is essentially about Andrew’s life and how he arrived at launching Venture for America.

Now, I don’t want to make this blog into a series of book reports.  However, I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about challenges of moving from a stable career to a startup.  In fact, I wish I had read this book when I was 20, because I would definitely have applied to be a Venture for America fellow.

http://ventureforamerica.org/

At the same time, I saw an inspiring commencement day speech from Casey Gerald an HBS alum and the founder of MBAs across America.  The theme for Casey’s firm is similar to Andrew’s Venture for America, but leverages MBAs instead of undergrads.  I think it is great that more folks are trying to jumpstart the economy across America by getting highly educated folks to work with small business owners in small markets.  Again, I wish this organization was around when I was in business school, because I would’ve applied.

http://mbaxamerica.com/

In any event, I think it is great that Andrew, Casey and a host of others are working to get smart people to build things across America.  I am excited for my opportunity to contribute to building something valuable through entrepreneurship in America.  Stay tuned…

In the meantime, please spend twenty minutes and check out Casey’s amazing commencement speech.  It inspired me and I hope it does the same for you.

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

I am excited to announce that I will be serving as a mentor to a female entrepreneur based in Jamaica for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.  The mission of the Cherie Blair Foundation is:

“Our vision is a world where women have equal opportunities and the capability, confidence and capital necessary to establish and grow businesses, resulting in a brighter future for the women themselves and their communities as a whole.”

As the father to a daughter, who I hope one day becomes an entrepreneur, Cherie Blair’s program immediately resonated with me.

I applied to join the program through Bank of America, and once I was accepted there were several requirements.  Including an intense training session about international cultural norms as it relates to women.

Being a mentor in this program is extremely exciting because I get to:

  1. Help an entrepreneur grow their business
  2. Contribute to the growth of Jamaica (my mother’s birthplace)
  3. Encourage more women to become entrepreneurs
  4. Assist in reducing the achievement gap by women in third world countries

There will be more posts about the program, as I get more involved.  In the meantime, I invite you to check out the link and see if you want to participate in the future.

http://www.cherieblairfoundation.org/