Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America

Smart People Should Build Things: How to Restore Our Culture of Achievement, Build a Path for Entrepreneurs, and Create New Jobs in America

by Andrew Yang

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062292049
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 421,839
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Andrew Yang is the founder and CEO of Venture for America, a national nonprofit that is regarded as one of the country's leading social innovation organizations. He has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years, including as the CEO of a national education company that was acquired by Kaplan. Yang was named a Champion of Change by the White House and one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business." He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Where Our Talent is Going

1 The Prestige Pathways 3

2 Too Much of a Good Thing 16

3 Professional Training Cuts Both Ways 31

4 Network Effects and Why Human Capital Markets Don't Self-Correct 44

Part 2 Building Things

5 Building Things Is Really Hard 57

6 How You Get Better 73

7 Running a Company 83

8 Rent-Seeking versus Value Creation 98

Part 3 Solving the Problem

9 The Qualities We Need 107

10 Building a Machine to Fix the Machine 113

11 The Future Changes for at Least a Few 138

12 Teams of Builders 149

13 Training Camp, and Notes from the Field 154

Part 4 The Future

14 Mow to Get Smart People to Build Things 175

Acknowledgments 189

Appendix A Venture for America Mission Statement and Credo 193

Appendix B The State of Venture for America 195

Appendix C Accounts from 2012 and 2013 Venture Fellows 197

Appendix D Job Traits 212

Appendix E 2012 Venture Fellows and Their Employers 222

Appendix F The Postgraduate Paths of National University Graduates 227

Notes 235

Index 243

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a well-researched rallying call to reverse the downward-trending career impact of millions of Americans.   I perform career coaching for over 500 successful young professionals in New York City every year (who excel at impressive firms such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, McKinsey & Co, Deloitte, and Google).  And so very many of these high performers state that they are unhappy with their "prestigious" jobs, express the desperation to create something of their own and make a difference, but confess hopelessness around where to start. This book details how author Andrew Yang and his non-profit Venture for America are actualizing a bold and broad-spectrum solution: a entrepreneurial career ecosystem that ensures our nation's best and brightest are working towards keeping America the vanguard of innovation.  The book showcases dozens of real-world examples of college grads who have "taken the road less traveled by" and are transformed as a result. The book also details how Yang and his non-profit are partnering with private enterprise to restore to greatness America's "transitioning" cities of Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore, Providence, Cleveland, Philadelphia, downtown Las Vegas, and more. Lastly, the book provides a well-documented summary of all of the major private, corporate, academic and government supporters who are tag-teaming this effort with Yang around the country -- it's such an impressive coterie of powerful players that it tempts and invites readers to consider Yang's vision jump onto the Venture For America rocket ship.   A captivating read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago