Issue 115 - 01 | The Smart People Manifesto: How to Get Our Nation’s Top Graduates to Build Things

By Andrew Yang
Published March 12, 2014 1:00 p.m.
“We’ve got a problem right now: our smart people are doing the wrong things. If we can get them to do the right things it will transform the country.

We need more jobs, new enterprises and a resurgent culture of innovation in the U.S. The question is—how can we encourage our top people to take risks and build new things?

[…] According to one McKinsey study, since 2007 eighteen- to twenty-four-year-olds experienced the greatest decline in entrepreneurial activity of any group, leading the authors to conclude, ‘The US economy is currently not producing enough of its next generation of serial entrepreneurs.’”

About Andrew Yang | Andrew Yang is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, a fellowship program that places top college graduates in start-ups for 2 years in low-cost U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. Andrew has worked in start-ups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years. Andrew was named a Champion of Change by the White House for his work with Venture for America and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.” Arianna Huffington, praising his new book Smart People Should Build Things, said "Andrew is one of those rare visionaries who puts dreams into action. This book is a roadmap for young people in designing their careers, a playbook for policy makers for rebuilding our cities, and a path forward to moving entrepreneurship back to the center of the American economy."

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