- Capa dura: 250 páginas
- Editora: HarperBusiness (4 de fevereiro de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0062292048
- ISBN-13: 978-0062292049
- Dimensões do produto: 15,2 x 2,4 x 22,9 cm
- Peso de envio: 408 g
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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 (Inglês)
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We've got a problem—our most talented and educated young people aren't building things. They're not starting or joining innovative companies that are addressing crises in education, energy, or transportation. Meanwhile, in recovering cities such as Detroit, New Orleans, and Baltimore, promising startups and growth companies representing the next generation of job creation are desperate to attract the talent they need to expand and thrive.
Imagine if the same people who are currently heading to Wall Street were instead joining startups and early-stage companies throughout the United States. How long would it take before they positively impacted job creation and economic competitiveness?
Knowing firsthand why the current vision of education and career paths isn't functioning properly, Andrew Yang has set out to fix this problem. As the founder and CEO of Venture for America, he places top college graduates in startups for two years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. In Smart People Should Build Things, this self-described "recovering lawyer" and entrepreneur has woven together a compelling narrative of success stories (including his own), offering observations about the flow of talent in the United States, and explaining why current trends are leading to economic distress and cultural decline. He also presents recommendations for both policy makers and job seekers that will make entrepreneurship more realistic and attainable. The country needs teams of committed builders to create value and restore the culture, and Smart People Should Build Things is about how we can get there.
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Andrew Yang is the founder and CEO of Venture for America, a national nonprofit that is regarded as one of the country's leading social innovation organizations. He has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years, including as the CEO of a national education company that was acquired by Kaplan. Yang was named a Champion of Change by the White House and one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business." He lives in New York City.
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But because of these lack of choices, I had to build my own career on my own terms. And now at 30, when I pick up a book by Andrew Yang— Smart People Should Build Things, I feel like by default, I made the right choice- That maybe those who don’t excel at high school, and don’t get into the top school, have some advantages.
To make his argument, Andrew Yang discusses his own trajectory. It started with a successful high school career that led to being accepted to Brown University, and then he went to law school, and then to a traditional NYC firm. He obviously had to work very hard, but as he discusses, he didn’t have to think much about his choices.
While the traditional path works well for many, others are miserable, and don’t know any alternative. Yang writes: “many apply to law school, grad school or even medical school because of a vague notion of status and progress rather than genuine desire or natural fit.” If they decide to venture from the traditional path, and fail, instead of trying again, they go back to the default. While there is a surplus of the professional class, there’s a huge gap in other sectors that are not being met.
But as many successful entrepreneurs know, there are many roadblocks, failures, and learning opportunities that hopefully lead to new problems to solve that find better market fit. Yang writes-
Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIN, and others have pointed out, remarkable careers are unlikely to advance in a straightforward, linear fashion.”
There’s an unwinding road, but those many different experiences lead to a different path.
What makes someone take a winding path? There’s usually something that makes them different. They don’t fit into the normal construct of what society deems successful, and when they are cast aside, they have to figure something else out. It’s not a choice, but a survival technique.
As Yang points out, the professional class provides an incredibly safe opportunity for the upper middle class to stay up middle class. “What’s interesting is that many of the people I meet who are young, highly educated, and from good families are among the most risk averse.” These are the people that should be taking the most risk, and leaving opportunities for those who grew up in poverty to fit into those positions. Yang argues that the children of the professional classes should be taking business risks, which will free up more space for a segment of the population to see upward mobility.
Our higher education system is supposed to support, for example, a student from a lower income class, and help them get into the middle or wealth class. But only 10% of people born into poverty, get into a higher income class than their parents. If a student who grew up poor, and wants to take a management consulting job after graduating from Harvard, there should be no argument against that. The problem is when the people who need to be taking the risk, to grow the economy, refuse to risk a few years of low salaries, to ‘build’ a business that will create a lot more jobs.
The following passages from Andrew Yang’s book are also applicable to nation building.
WE THE PEOPLE
“There is a common and persistent belief out there that entrepreneurship is about creativity, that it’s about having a good idea. But it's not, really. Entrepreneurship isn't about creativity. It’s about organization building—which, in turn, is about people." (p. 63)
BROUGHT FORTH, . . . A NEW NATION, . . .
”We delivered a service that customers liked more than what was otherwise available. They sought us out and rewarded us with their business. We hired more people, grew, and kept improving. This process—a new company filling a need and flourishing as a result—is an example of value creation.” (p. 98)
A REPUBLIC, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT
“We need to restore the culture of achievement to include value creation, risk and reward, and the common good . . . If we succeed in this, our best and brightest will build the engines of future economic growth. If we don’t, our talent will continue to heed purely market-based incentives, our economy will likely continue to underperform, and our culture will become more and more bifurcated.” (p. 110)
Smart People Should Build Things is a joy to read because Andrew Yang actually knows and builds things; he writes from experience. Whether building a company or country, it’s about building up people.
Overall the book is a good read and may help aspiring entrepreneurs with evaluating pros/cons of this line of work.
Don't let those reviews dissuade you from reading this. This book is inspiring to students and non students alike. If you have entrepreneurship on your mind or want a bit of a push, this a great book to pick up and read. I'm happy I did.
An inspiring read for anyone considering a start-up, and an essential read for anyone considering law/finance/consulting!