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Sat Jan 18, 2020, 12:21 PM

What is Andrew Yang history as a registered Democrat?

We know Liz was not always a Democrat, that gets thrown in her face often.

While I dont like Yang as a candidate and he wont be the nominee, anybody know his history?

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Sat Jan 18, 2020, 05:41 PM

1. While I can't really find anything about his

political history, other than that he is a registered Democrat, this is an interesting recap from Business Insider. https://www.businessinsider.com/who-is-andrew-yang-bio-age-family-key-positions-2019-3

He has an interesting background, to be sure. Here is the Wiki write-up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Yang

Perhaps what I like best about him is the Venture for America program:

Following the acquisition of Manhattan Prep in late 2009, Yang began to work on creating a new nonprofit fellowship program, Venture for America (VFA), which he founded in 2011 with the mission "to create economic opportunity in American cities by mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs and equipping them with the skills and resources they need to create jobs".[12][24][25][26] VFA was launched with $200,000 and trained 40 graduates in 2012 and 69 in 2013, sending them to Baltimore, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Providence. VFA added Columbus, Miami, San Antonio and St. Louis in 2014, with a class of 106.[20][27]

VFA's strategy was to recruit the nation's top college graduates into a two-year fellowship program in which they would work for and apprentice at promising startups in developing cities across the United States. Yang's book Smart People Should Build Things (2014) argues that the top universities in the country cherry-pick the smartest kids out of small towns and funnel them into the same corporate jobs in the same big cities.[28] VFA's goal is to help distribute that talent around the country and incentivize entrepreneurship for economic growth.

After 2011 VFA grew, reaching a $6 million annual operating budget in 2017,[29] and operating in about 20 U.S. cities, adding Kansas City, Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Miami, Nashville, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, and St. Louis.[30] VFA began running a "startup accelerator" in Detroit and launched a seed fund and an investment fund for fellows.

VFA quickly received national attention, including from the Obama Administration. In 2011, Yang was selected as a "Champion of Change, a program "[recognizing] ordinary Americans across the country who are doing extraordinary work in their communities.[25] In 2015, Yang was recognized as a "Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.[31][32]

In 2014, Yang published Smart People Should Build Things, which emphasized the importance of intelligent people becoming entrepreneurs and engaging in the startup economy, rather than pursuing more traditional careers.[33][34] Generation Startup, a documentary film about six startups in Detroit launched through the VFA program, was released in 2016. It was co-directed by Cynthia Wade and Cheryl Miller Houser.[35]

In March 2017, Yang stepped down from his position as CEO of VFA.[24]


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But my candidate is STILL Elizabeth!

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Response to BlueMTexpat (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 18, 2020, 07:58 PM

2. Interesting, well done research!

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