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Interview begins: 06:33
Debrief begins: 51:26

Amy Nelson is the CEO of Venture For America (VFA).

VFA is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. Fellows learn important startup skills at our month-long Training Camp, apply for jobs within our vetted company network, and work for two years as full-time, salaried employees in one of 14 cities.

About VFA (03:25)
Is going to business school still necessary? (13:30)
Discussing the challenges in starting a business? (15:27)
What does it take to be part of VFA? (29:19)
Getting to know the VFA community (32:15)
What it's like to hire VFA fellow (33:48)

Learn more about Venture For America: https://ventureforamerica.org/
Follow Amy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyNelsonVFA
Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm

Interview begins: 06:33 
Debrief begins: 51:26

Amy Nelson is the CEO of Venture For America (VFA). 

VFA is a two-year fellowship program for recent grads who want to work at a startup and create jobs in American cities. Fellows learn important startup skills at our month-long Training Camp, apply for jobs within our vetted company network, and work for two years as full-time, salaried employees in one of 14 cities. 
  • About VFA (03:25)
  • Is going to business school still necessary? (13:30)
  • Discussing the challenges in starting a business? (15:27)
  • What does it take to be part of VFA? (29:19)
  • Getting to know the VFA community (32:15)
  • What it's like to hire VFA fellow (33:48)
Learn more about Venture For America: https://ventureforamerica.org/
Follow Amy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AmyNelsonVFA
Follow upside on Twitter: https://twitter.com/upsidefm

What is upside?

Named a top 27 business podcast by Fortune, upside examines startup investing outside of Silicon Valley.

Every Wednesday, we speak with an early stage founder. We interview them as if we are angel investors considering the company as an investment opportunity.

Each show has three segments:

1.) Intro: independent research of the company
2.) Interview: interview with the founder
3.) Debrief: breaking down the opportunity

On Mondays, we share Coffee Chats interviewing venture capitalists, community builders, and later-stage founders.