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We've got a problem—our most talented and educated young people aren't building things. They're not starting or joining innovative companies that are addressing crises in education, energy, or transportation. Meanwhile, in recovering cities such as Detroit, New Orleans, and Baltimore, promising startups and growth companies representing the next generation of job creation are desperate to attract the talent they need to expand and thrive.
Imagine if the same people who are currently heading to Wall Street were instead joining startups and early-stage companies throughout the United States. How long would it take before they positively impacted job creation and economic competitiveness?
Knowing firsthand why the current vision of education and career paths isn't functioning properly, Andrew Yang has set out to fix this problem. As the founder and CEO of Venture for America, he places top college graduates in startups for two years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. In Smart People Should Build Things, this self-described "recovering lawyer" and entrepreneur has woven together a compelling narrative of success stories (including his own), offering observations about the flow of talent in the United States, and explaining why current trends are leading to economic distress and cultural decline. He also presents recommendations for both policy makers and job seekers that will make entrepreneurship more realistic and attainable. The country needs teams of committed builders to create value and restore the culture, and Smart People Should Build Things is about how we can get there.
The book is compelling, engaging, humorous, and deeply insightful.
In doing so, he argues, we empower our best and brightest to embrace a culture of achievement that includes risk and reward and value creation.
I wish I would have read this book when I was beginning to think about my career after college.
Yang makes great points about how entrepreneurship will revive economic growth. Very well written. Makes me want to "build things".Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book with a lot of insights about current and past job trends.Published 5 months ago by CHRISTIAN D KNUDSEN
I thoroughly enjoyed the analysis and insight in the 1st half of the book. It was very well researched and made a perfectly logical argument about what's wrong with our economy,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sean M. Fredrickson
Yang does a good job describing the current environment facing our country's top graduating students. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kevin Rocco
Excellent book with an excellent vision. Written in an approachable, conversational manner which makes for easy readying and thinking while taking in the content. Read morePublished 9 months ago by E. Strong
For someone coming from Lexington High School- where more than 90% of the class goes to a four year college, I hadn’t met any of the qualifications that allows an 18 year old to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nathan K. Rothstein
A solid read with lots of examples, stories, facts and points to back up the basic assertion that starting companies is what smart people should be up to, not working for mega... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. S. Lawder
Many of the country's most talented and (over-)educated head along the same established paths to law school, business school, and medical school, despite the fact that many will... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Richard Montauk