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.
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.
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.