Andrew Yang (born January 13, 1975) is a U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, entrepreneur, attorney, philanthropist, and founder of Venture for America (VFA). He worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. After he founded VFA, the Obama administration selected him in 2012 as a "Champion of Change" and in 2015 as a "Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship". In November 2017 Yang launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. His signature policy is what he calls the "Freedom Dividend", a form of Universal Basic Income (UBI) for every American adult over 18. Yang believes UBI is a necessary response to the rapid development of automation, which is increasingly leading to workforce challenges. The other two central elements of his platform are Medicare for All and "human-centered capitalism." Over 100 policy proposals are listed on his campaign website. Early life and education Yang was born in Schenectady, New York, to immigrant...

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  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
March 20, 2023 at 9:00 PM

Silicon Valley Bank, Tech and Politics

Silicon Valley Bank, Tech and Politics Hello, I hope that you’re doing great!  I was in Arizona this weekend for a Forward Party event, which was phenomenal.  I also was on Bill Maher on Friday in a wide-ranging conversation – check it out if yo…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
March 14, 2023 at 5:00 PM

The Aftermath of Silicon Valley Bank

The Aftermath of Silicon Valley Bank Well, that was more nerve-wracking than it had to be. On Sunday, the FDIC, Treasury Department and the Fed stepped in to guarantee Silicon Valley Bank depositors.  They did the same for Signature Bank, which …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
March 13, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Larry Hogan

Larry Hogan Hello, I hope that you’re doing great!  I was in Austin at SXSW this weekend, and next weekend I’m in Phoenix for a big Forward Party event!  I’m also briefly in LA for Bill Maher on Friday.  The news came out last week that Larry H…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
March 11, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank This past week, Silicon Valley Bank collapsed.  It happened very quickly – over less than two days.    It is hard to overstate how shocking this is.  Silicon Valley Bank is – was – the 16th bi…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
March 6, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson   I ran for President in 2020 – and thus spent a fair amount of time with the other candidates.  Cory Booker, Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris – we would all run into each other speaking …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
February 27, 2023 at 5:00 PM

The Republican Field Begins to Form

The Republican Field Begins to Form Hello, I hope that you had a great weekend!    As Biden bides his time in terms of a decision to run to be announced in April, the Republican primary is heating up.  Donald Trump has a stranglehold on 25 – 30…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
February 20, 2023 at 5:00 PM

Leaders Wanted

Leaders Wanted Hello, I hope your weekend was great.  I was in Los Angeles this week meeting with party leaders and doing press for our big launch in California this month with our new affiliate, CA Common Sense.    …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
February 13, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Joe Biden and 2024

Joe Biden and 2024 Last Tuesday Joe Biden gave a State of the Union address that could aptly be characterized as a kickoff for his re-election campaign.  It included many kitchen table elements meant to appeal to specific voters.    …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
February 6, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Masih Alinejad

Masih Alinejad Hello, I hope you’ve had a great week.    Like most Americans, I had seen the videos of Iranian protestors these past months marching for freedom from edicts enforced by morality police and subjugation.  I hoped that their braver…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
January 30, 2023 at 5:00 PM

An American in Ukraine

An American in Ukraine This past week, the Biden Administration decided to send dozens of modern Abrams tanks to assist in the defense of Ukraine.    I applaud this decision.  Like most Americans, I was shocked and horrified when Putin invaded …
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January 26, 2023 at 5:14 PM

Big News in SC, CA and more

Big News in SC, CA and more Hello, I hope that you’re doing great!  I just came back from South Carolina where I campaigned for Ranked Choice Voting and met with Forward state leaders and volunteers who are hard at work gathering signatures for…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
January 23, 2023 at 8:00 PM

ChatGPT and Reality

ChatGPT and Reality I spent several years arguing that automation is going to upend and transform the American labor market – I wrote a book called ‘The War on Normal People” on this topic that became a New York Times bestseller and now has 2,0…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
January 16, 2023 at 7:59 PM

Visiting MLK

Visiting MLK Hello, I hope that you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend!  It was my birthday on Friday so I had a nice dinner with family and friends.    This weekend we also celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday and legacy.  In 2020 I had …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
January 9, 2023 at 5:00 PM

A Rocky Start

A Rocky Start   Hello, I hope that 2023 is going great for you thus far!  My kids have been sick so there’s been more family time than usual.    The new Congress is off to a rocky start, as Kevin McCarthy went through 14 unsuccessful votes to ev…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
January 2, 2023 at 3:00 PM


2023 Hello, and Happy 2023!    As someone who screws up the date for the first two weeks of any New Year, it feels funny to be talking about 2023.  Yet here we are!     This week on the podcast I discuss the year ahead with Zach Graumann.  A fe…
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December 23, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Hello, I hope that the holiday season is off to a wonderful start for you and yours!     My parents immigrated to the States, but my Mom always took holiday season to heart and tried her best to create a warm family home.  We c…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
December 19, 2022 at 3:00 PM

The Rules of Power

The Rules of Power Hello, I hope that you’re doing great!  Almost 1,000 people came to the Forward Webinar event last week – it was a phenomenal gathering.  I also met with supporters in Philadelphia which was a lot of fun.   This week on the p…
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December 13, 2022 at 1:00 AM

Building Up

Building Up Hello, I hope that your December is going well!    Kyrsten Sinema made headlines this past week in becoming an Independent.  It wasn’t a total surprise to us. Arizona will be a big hotbed for Forward as a ballot initiative to shift …
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December 5, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Mr. Ranked Choice Voting

Mr. Ranked Choice Voting Hello, I hope the Holiday Season is gearing up for you and yours!   A couple years ago, I was on a Zoom with a couple of activists who wanted to improve our democracy.  I asked them, “Who is the most well-known, promin…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
November 29, 2022 at 12:59 AM

The Independent Voter

The Independent Voter Hello, I hope that Thanksgiving was wonderful for you and yours!  I definitely overate.    This week on the podcast I interview Jackie Salit, co-director of the Center for Independent and Sustainable Democracy at ASU and c…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
November 22, 2022 at 12:59 AM

We Need To Build

We Need To Build Hello, I hope you and yours are ready for a great Thanksgiving holiday!     I spent part of this past week for Forward in Arizona, which I believe will be ground zero for democracy over the next two years.  You probably know ab…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
November 16, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Trump is Back

Trump is Back Last night, as expected, Trump officially declared his 2024 campaign for the White House. It seems that most of America wants to move on from Trump, but that won’t happen unless someone defeats him or otherwise sends him offstage.…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
November 15, 2022 at 12:59 AM

50-50 Nation

50-50 Nation   Hello, I hope all is great with you!  Votes are yet being counted from Election Day; Congress is close, with the Republicans expected to win a slight majority in the House.  The U.S. Senate will stay with the Democrats with close …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
November 7, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Election Day 2022

Election Day 2022 Hello, I hope you are doing well on this day before Election Day.    I voted last week – if you haven’t voted yet make sure and get your vote in! I vote in New York and the suspense is general…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 31, 2022 at 2:59 PM

Forward’s 1st Election Day

Forward’s 1st Election Day Hello and Happy Halloween!  It’s always a big holiday in our household because our older son was born on Halloween.  He’s very scary.    Election Day is next Tuesday, and it’s a pivotal day for our country.  I’ve been…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 24, 2022 at 10:00 PM

The Rise of the Rest

The Rise of the Rest   Hello, I hope the Fall is going great for you and yours!  The Forward Party has endorsed a host of candidates all over the country – please do check them out and support those who you feel would be great leaders and repres…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 17, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Of Boys and Men

Of Boys and Men Hello, I hope all is great on your end!  I spent this past weekend campaigning for Evan McMullin in Utah, which was phenomenal.  I met some amazing people and am even more excited to have Evan in the U.S. Senate!  Evan is one o…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 10, 2022 at 7:00 PM

The Good Life Movement

The Good Life Movement Hello, I hope that you are doing great.  The Forward Party is sending volunteers to communities around the country to support some awesome candidates – I’ll be heading to Utah to campaign for Evan McMullin later this week…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 3, 2022 at 3:59 PM

Liberalism and Its Discontents

Liberalism and Its Discontents Hello, I hope all is great on your end.  This week I was in D.C. for an American Promise event trying to get dark money out of politics.  I also hosted an event for Evan McMullin, whom I see as one of the most imp…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 30, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Something big is happening in Utah

Something big is happening in Utah John,  I’ve told you Utah’s Senate race between independent Evan McMullin and far-right Senator Mike Lee could be the most important election of 2022. But did you know it’s also one of the most competitive?! Polling shows E…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Evan McMullin on Thursday

Evan McMullin on Thursday Hello and thank you for the support!   I've written extensively about Evan McMullin, who is running for Senate in Utah.  He's running as an Independent against a Trump-endorsed Incumbent, Mike Lee.  There is no Democrat in the race. …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 26, 2022 at 4:00 PM


Longpath What an incredible event in Houston!  Hundreds of people came together to celebrate the formation of Forward Texas and our national launch.  It genuinely felt historic and it was wonderful to meet so many active and fired up volunteers …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM

The Return of Facts

The Return of Facts ‘Forward’ comes out on paperback on October 4th!  Here is a never-before-published excerpt from the book.  I hope you enjoy it and will consider buying a copy!    The Return of Facts …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 19, 2022 at 4:00 PM

Democrat to Forward

Democrat to Forward Hello, I hope all is great with you!  I spent this week in Wyoming at a Democracy conference – it’s like walking onto the set of Yellowstone the moment you get off the plane.  I recommend it.       Some fun news – Forward co…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 12, 2022 at 3:59 PM

Getting More Out Of Life

Getting More Out Of Life Hello, I hope the Fall is off to a great start!  I visited St. Louis this past week and met with Forward Party volunteers to kick-off Forward Missouri.  It was awesome.  This week on the podcast I interview Bill Perkins…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 6, 2022 at 6:59 PM

What Joe Biden’s Speech Should Have Said

What Joe Biden’s Speech Should Have Said Joe Biden recently gave a speech in Philadelphia about democracy in crisis in America.  Here's what I wish he'd said:      My fellow Americans.  We are facing a crisis o…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 5, 2022 at 6:59 PM

Joe Sestak and Forward

Joe Sestak and Forward Happy Labor Day!  I hope you are having a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I'm heading to St, Louis on Thursday for a MO Forward Party kick-off and am looking forward to it.     Of all of the people who have joi…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM

Hope from Alaska

Hope from Alaska Sarah Palin lost in her bid for a House seat on Wednesday.  And ranked choice voting was a big reason why.    I’ve been talking all year about how Alaska’s combination of non-partisan open primaries and ranked choice voting has…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
August 29, 2022 at 6:59 PM

Building a New Party

Building a New Party It has been almost exactly one month since the new Forward Party was announced and the past days have been tremendous.  Over 40,000 Americans have signed up at and we raised over $300,000 from grassroots do…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
August 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM

The Wind is Shifting

The Wind is Shifting Hello, I hope all is great on your end!  Hard to believe the summer only has days left.    I projected November about a month ago.  For a number of months it has looked bleak for House Democrats.  They have a narrow majorit…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
August 15, 2022 at 3:59 PM

A Narrowing Field

A Narrowing Field Hello, I hope all is great with you and that your summer has weeks to go!  New Forward Party members are up to nearly 40,000 since our announcement and growing every day.  We also welcomed former Admiral and PA Democratic Cong…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
August 8, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Country over Party

Country over Party These have been incredible times for the Forward Party!  Literally millions of Americans are eager to take control of our future and provide a new approach and alternative to the major two parties.  The meetings and calls I h…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
August 1, 2022 at 6:59 PM

The New Third Party

The New Third Party What an amazing 48 hours!  Upon the announcement of the new Forward Party over 20,000 Americans signed up in all 50 states; at one point every 35 seconds someone new was joining.  We raised well over $100,000 in grassroots d…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
July 27, 2022 at 11:29 PM

HUGE News re: the Forward Party!

HUGE News re: the Forward Party! About 10 months ago, I left the Democratic Party.  I did so because I knew the country needed a new kind of party to help realign our politics and reverse the polarization that is tearing our country apart.  So…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
July 25, 2022 at 3:00 PM

Two Sides of a Breaking Coin

Two Sides of a Breaking Coin Hello, I hope that your summer has been going great.    This is a very exciting time for the Forward Party – we will be making a major announcement later this week!  It might even make history.    This week on the p…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
July 18, 2022 at 6:59 PM

The Invisible Storm

The Invisible Storm Hello, I hope that your summer is going great!    Last week, I wrote that I expected Donald Trump to declare for 2024 by October.  News came out that he is planning a September announcement.  Time will tell, but I confess; I…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
July 11, 2022 at 4:00 PM

November and 2024

November and 2024 Hello, I hope that your summer is going great!  I’ve been getting some family time in, which has been wonderful.    Last week, a Monmouth poll came out that said that 88% of Americans feel the country is on the wrong track; th…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
July 4, 2022 at 6:59 PM

For The Next Generation

For The Next Generation Hello all, and Happy 4th of July!  I hope you are celebrating this Independence Day with friends and family.   I spoke at the high school commencement at Stuyvesant in New York last week.  I thought my remarks to the nex…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
June 26, 2022 at 1:59 PM

Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade On Friday, the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that held that women had a Constitutional right to an abortion.    We had known that this was likely ever since a draft of the ruling was leaked a number of weeks ago…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
June 20, 2022 at 8:59 PM

Lessons from KIND

Lessons from KIND Hello, I hope that your summer is off to a great start.  Before I got into politics I was an entrepreneur.  I ran an education company that was acquired by a public company and started a national entrepreneurship non-profit. …