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This book explains that the existing education system stunts the economy. Instead of talented students blazing new paths and building new ventures, they are led to follow existing paths that are well paved and require little ingenuity.

Smart People Should Build Things

Smart People Should Build Things

by Andrew Yang

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ANDREW YANG

“We’ve let the market dictate what our smart kids do, and they’re being systematically funneled into obvious, structured paths that don’t serve them or the economy terribly well.”

Our most talented and educated young people are doing the wrong things. Our smart people are heading to finance or law school or management consulting, instead of building or developing companies. We need to get our smart people to do things again. They’d like to but are often le...

Companies less than five years old used to make up half of all companies. Now it is less than a third. Since 2008, most US workers are employed at companies with 500+ employees.

However, big companies don't create jobs. They don't move the economy forward.  The bigger compa...

Countries need jobs, especially jobs in healthy, growing companies. Without it, there are no complex transactions to support bankers, lawyers, and consultants already in the graduate school pipeline.

Innovation happens in startups. Pairing young, smart, har...

ANDREW YANG

Much has been made of the extraordinary degree of independence and responsibility that you have at a startup, even as a fresh-faced graduate…you can matter at a startup in a way you can’t at a big company—not unless you spend years slaving your way up the PowerPoint hierarchy.

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