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

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

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“Yang’s pitch for entrepreneurship as a viable alternative to more structured careers is enticing.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Andrew Yang lays out a solution that is a proven winner for not only the young generation coming of age, but for the nation as a whole.” (Dan Gilbert, chairman and founder of Rock Ventures)

“I have great respect for the foresight Andrew brought to his groundbreaking start-up, Venture for America, and Andrew has become living proof that it’s possible to create a platform that makes it easier than ever for the country’s best and brightest to help others succeed.” (Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn)

“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.” (Arianna Huffington, founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post)

“I wish this book and Venture for America had existed when I graduated from college and wanted to make the world a better place but didn’t know where to turn. This book details how we can channel our top graduates into impactful entrepreneurial opportunities while addressing our economy’s biggest problems.” (Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of Warby Parker)

“A lot of people in the world are chasing the money, not the passion. Smart People Should Build Things shows them a way out -- and has the potential to change the way we define success in business.” (Tony Hsieh, NY Times bestselling author of "Delivering Happiness" and CEO of, Inc.)

“Enlightening and frequently surprising and moves much of the author’s pro-entrepreneurship slant from conventional wisdom into fact-based guidance for the “young, hungry talent” he hopes will help rebuild the American economy. A galvanizing amalgam of personal history, acquired business wisdom and mentorship.” (Kirkus Reviews)


Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America, offers a unique solution to our country’s economic and social problems—our smart people should be building things. Smart People Should Build Things offers a stark picture of the current culture and a revolutionary model that will redirect a generation of ambitious young people to the critical job of innovating and building new businesses.

As the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, Andrew Yang places top college graduates in start-ups for two years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. He knows firsthand how our current view of education is broken. Many college graduates aspire to finance, consulting, law school, grad school, or medical school out of a vague desire for additional status and progress rather than from a genuine passion or fit.

In Smart People Should Build Things, this self-described “recovering lawyer” and entrepreneur weaves together a compelling narrative of success stories (including his own), offering observations about the flow of talent in the United States and explanations of why current trends are leading to economic distress and cultural decline. He also presents recommendations for both policy makers and job seekers to make entrepreneurship more realistic and achievable. 


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 736 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 279 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperBusiness (4. Februar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DB3D7EY
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HASH(0x913b43f0) von 5 Sternen Doesn't fully live up to its promising title 6. April 2014
Von April Kontostathis - Veröffentlicht auf
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In fact, the title really says it all! The book seems to take up a lot of chapters providing the "proof" that talent is going to waste because graduates from top universities want to get paid gobs of money to work for big corporations in New York and Boston. No doubt some of these folks would create a lot of value if they chose entrepreneurial routes, but I have to wonder if someone who falls into that category really has what it takes to do the dirty work that is required when you are an entrepreneur. I'm also pretty darn offended that the book is focused solely on top universities. And by top, I really mean top: Harvard, Yale, etc. What about the millions of smart people who graduate from state schools, liberal arts colleges, etc, who do quite a lot for their communities and for the economy.

I think the real message should be, we should encourage EVERYONE to develop the competencies to become entrepreneurial: problem solving, risk taking, excellent oral and written communication skills, financial common sense, creating, innovating, leading .... Those who choose to use these skills to develop new entities (for profit and non profit) will do a lot of good. Those that use these skills within an existing company will also be doing their part to move the country and economy forward.

The second half of the book is an advertisement for Venture for America, and it sounds like a great organization. Again too focused on recruiting from a very small number of select schools, but that's their perogative. I want to duplicate it on a smaller scale at my college, where I co-direct the entrepreneurship center.

Bottom line, decent book, but don't expect anything earth shattering.
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HASH(0x913b463c) von 5 Sternen Read this book and give it to as many people as possible! 9. Februar 2014
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I'm one of the typical college graduates that Andrew highlights in the book. I'm the type that was wooed by top financial services and management consulting firms my junior and senior years in college and then graduated with an offer in hand to join one of them in New York City. I took the path well traveled, because it was safe and respected by everyone around me.

Had this book been in my hands (and had VFA been around) while in the thick of the job search in college, who knows... maybe I would have started my working life differently.

This should be required reading for all college students everywhere.
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HASH(0x91551a8c) von 5 Sternen Phenomenal motivation for joining a startup 5. Februar 2014
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Should be required reading for any entrepreneurship class. Yang lays out the jaw-dropping statistics of how many smart ambitious students are squandering their potential in pursuit of money/prestige/security. As an engineering student it was an incredible reminder to pursue an industry that builds and creates, not just analyzes! Yang builds incredible value for why individuals of all walks of life should invest in America by creating something (anything!) instead of walking the well-trodden paths.

An inspiring read for anyone considering a start-up, and an essential read for anyone considering law/finance/consulting!
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HASH(0x913ae03c) von 5 Sternen Good 1st half, disappointing/irritating 2nd half 30. August 2014
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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, and how to fix it. Then the book started to annoy me, and eventually I could barely finish it, let me explain:

I am a 28 year old who fits the mold this book describes (mostly). I am smart, hard working, and looking for meaning in what I do. I was disappointed in the 2nd half because it was 99.9% a pitch for Venture For America (VFA) (the author's Nonprofit). It's essentially an entrepreneur version of Teach For America (go to s***ty city for 2 years trying to build up a business). Perfect, right? Great organization + Me who fits the mold. BUT NO!! To paraphrase the 2nd half of the book, Yang's laser like focus on VFA and their economic solution is to recruit top graduates (defined as Ivy League almost exclusively), of whom even fewer are accepted, and send them off to build companies. There was ZERO discussion about those who are A. Not 22 years old, or B. Did not attend Yale (state school? AHAHA, AHAHA, aha...).

On the one hand I understand this is a young organization, and maybe the plan will evolve in time, but on the other hand I found all the Ivy League ass kissing to be arrogant and irritating. To top it off, the first-hand accounts from the fellows were enough to make you want to rear end those smug idealistic bastards in their rusty Volvo station wagon/green Subaru Outback.

Interesting book, narrow focus, lots of pretentious d-bags.
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HASH(0x913ac990) von 5 Sternen Amazing book that all smart college kids need to read before graduating 4. Februar 2014
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Excellent book, excellent message. Andrew is a visionary that you need to listen to. Can you imagine how much more awesome we could be as a society if the smartest kids built real things again instead of CDOs and trading algorithms? Rather than waste their intellectual horsepower on new ways to just build wealth for themselves and their clients, we could solve big problems and make big advances.

This message needs to make it back into our cultural value system before we lose all our societal IQ into self-serving black holes.
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