Entrepreneur behind Venture for America pursuing longshot bid for president

4 The Record

We are at the point where we need a scorecard to keep track of the Democrats running for president.

There are dozens of people who could wind up in the race. Right now we’re at 10 candidates officially in the race.

The biggest names come from the United States Senate: Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren. 

Then less prominent: Mayor of South Bend, Indiana Pete Buttigieg, former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Congressman John Delaney, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.

The perhaps least known: Author and self help guru Marianne Williamson and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Yang never held elected office. He announced his intention to run in November 2017.

He’s a graduate of Brown University and Columbia Law School.

He founded Venture for America, a non-profit designed to foster the next generation of entrpreneurs and served as the ambassador of global entrepreneurship under the Obama administration.

Yang details a long list of priorities on his campaign website. He largely pushes a progressive agenda.

Three policies are the most prominent:

+ Universal basic income

+ Human-centered capitalism

+ Medicare for all

We had a long conversation with Yang about a week and a half ago to discuss his policies, particularly those we’re not as familiar with like universal basic income and human-centered capitalism.

But we started with how he can beat the odds to win his party’s nomination.

Name recognition

There are some big Democratic names running for president.
Likely more on the way. And there are some no names.

No offense intended, but Yang falls into the latter. 

Yang addressed how he expects to win the nomination trailing behind in name recognition and very likely money.


After acknowledging that beating President Trump is the one thing that unites the Democratic party the most going into the election, we asked Yang why he thinks Democrats will give him a chance as a businessman with no real political experience holding elected office.

Kamala Harris raised $1 million in a day.

We asked Yang if he can raise the billion dollars or more it will take to win the nomination.

See the full conversation in the video above.

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