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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 [Hardcover]

Andrew Yang
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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness (4 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062292048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062292049
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.3 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book outlines superbly how the smartest graduates are being funnelled into corporate careers which supress their entrepreneurial instincts. Rather than just lament the status quo or simply suggest solutions, Yang demonstrates how his most important start-up, Venture for America is tackling this issue by providing graduates with an alternative route into start-up and an entrepreneurial career. For students in the UK see New Entrepreneurs Foundation for a similar UK organisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal motivation for joining a startup 5 Feb 2014
By Tony Kauffmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book and give it to as many people as possible! 8 Feb 2014
By Red - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for entrepreneurs, millenials & young professionals everywhere 4 Feb 2014
By Jonathon Youshaei - Published on Amazon.com
I've been hoping that Andrew would write a book ever since I first heard him speak at my school.

Despite his many accomplishments, he stays so humble and down-to-earth - and you can see that in every page of this book. Andrew is tackling a huge problem and offering a real solution without sounding preachy. As founder of Venture of America, he's already done so many amazing things and this book is yet another extension of that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Need to get this book in as many young people's hands as possible! 4 Feb 2014
By Joseph R Guy - Published on Amazon.com
I wish I would have read this book when I was beginning to think about my career after college. Kudos to Andrew Yang for telling his story and creating an organization that's building a path for young people to become successful entrepreneurs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, incisive and compelling! 6 Feb 2014
By Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a compelling account of one man's struggle to overcome the gilded path that society lays
out for the cognitively gifted and achievement-oriented. Instead, Andrew Yang chooses the path less traveled--
and better yet, documents its ins and outs so that others can traverse it more easily. His description is fun,
easy to read, engaging, and yet also is thoughtful and intelligent in terms of how we can direct our societal resources
to renew America's businesses. This is a must-read for those who want to understand the path of entrepreneurship
or those who wish to support America's rebirth in this area.
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