Today, many MBAs and aspiring MBAs want to join start-ups or launch their own new ventures. But is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? And is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.
The very first Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast features Shinewald interviewing his longtime business associate and friend Andrew Yang, the founder of Venture for America (VFA). Before launching VFA, Yang had amassed more than a decade of experience that included both difficult downfalls and surprising successes. In this episode, he discusses his path to the present, including
- Launching an Internet company that never quite took off—Yang recalls running to the bank with the first investment check before the investors changed their mind
- Transitioning from hosting company presentations at New York City delis and bars to becoming the CEO of a testing firm that threatened, and ultimately was acquired by, the market leader
- Leaving a secure, comfortable position and risking $200K in personal funds to start VFA and soon after, rubbing shoulders with President Obama
Subscribe to the podcast series to hear Yang and other entrepreneurs share how they overcame obstacles to get where they are today.