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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June 11, 2024 at 1:00 AM

The Future of RCV

The Future of RCV A few years ago I was on a Zoom that would change my life.  I was meeting with several advocates for Ranked Choice Voting.  I asked them, “Who is the most prominent advocate for RCV?”  They said two words t…
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June 3, 2024 at 3:00 PM

Is Local News the Answer?

Is Local News the Answer? America is more polarized than ever – and one big reason why is that local newspapers have disappeared.   Over 2,000 local papers have gone out of business in the last 15 years – thirteen hu…
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June 1, 2024 at 3:00 PM

The Trump Conviction

The Trump Conviction   Trump was convicted of falsifying business records to cover up a payment to his former mistress this week in New York.  It makes him the first former President or major presidential candidate to …
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May 28, 2024 at 1:00 AM

Shelane and Adam

Shelane and Adam Hello, I hope that you are enjoying Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.  I’ll be not far from a grill myself.    Forward announced a series of endorsements this past week for Congressional c…
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May 21, 2024 at 4:44 PM Hello, I hope that you are doing great.  Hard to believe that Memorial Day is just a week away!  I spent part of the week out West in California.  One of the best aspects of trying to make the world a b…
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May 13, 2024 at 1:00 PM

Thank you

Thank you Hello, hope that your Spring is off to a great start.  It’s hard to believe summer unofficially starts in two weeks on Memorial Day.    My TED talk has b…
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May 7, 2024 at 6:43 PM

My TED Talk is Out!

My TED Talk is Out! Great news – my TED Talk came out today!  I’m pumped to have it out in the world as I believe it could be the best case made yet to the biggest audience for a different approach to curing American …
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April 29, 2024 at 10:00 PM

A Hidden Opportunity

A Hidden Opportunity   Hello, I hope that the Spring is off to a great start for you and yours.  I just spoke at the Hudson Valley Ideas Fast this weekend and it was a lovely experience.    There’s a lot of frustration with our …
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April 22, 2024 at 4:00 PM

Welcome to my TED Talk

Welcome to my TED Talk Hello, I hope that your weekend was great.  I spent the past week at TED gearing up for my talk and delivering it – the topic was America’s political system, what is going wrong, and how we can improve i…
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April 15, 2024 at 9:59 PM

A Declaration of Independents

A Declaration of Independents Hello, I hope that you’re doing well.  I’m on the way to TED right now to speak about our political system and how it can be improved – it should be a great opportunity.  I expect the talk to be ma…
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April 8, 2024 at 3:00 PM

The Impact of Tech

The Impact of Tech A few years ago, some producers approached me about doing a TV show called “The Future of . . . with Andrew Yang.”  The theme was I would talk about the future of education one week, healthcare or transportat…
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April 1, 2024 at 7:00 PM

A Reflection

A Reflection Hello, thank you for choosing to read this note.  The truth is that a lot of people – 200,000+ - receive this newsletter every week, and a shockingly high percentage of you actually click it and read it!  I’m grate…
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March 25, 2024 at 2:00 PM

John Avlon

John Avlon Hello, I hope that your weekend was good.   Have you ever had a friend tell you that they’re running for office?  I had that experience a few weeks ago – my friend John Avlon announced he is running for Congress in …
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March 18, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Dean, Andy, John and Krist

Dean, Andy, John and Krist Hello, I hope that your weekend was great!  Spring is springing.   As most of you know, I supported Dean Phillips in his presidential run that recently ended.  I was glad to support Dean – he is the k…
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March 11, 2024 at 3:00 PM

The American Exchange Project

The American Exchange Project What if every high school senior went across the country to another town and spent a week hosted by another family working, volunteering, and hanging out with 12 other high school seniors from arou…
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March 4, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Soul Boom

Soul Boom Hello, I hope all is great with you.  What is sacred to you?  That's what Rainn Wilson would like to know.   This week on the podcast I interview Rainn, actor (Dwight in “The Office”) a…
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March 2, 2024 at 3:59 PM

The Primary Solution

The Primary Solution Hello, I hope that your week is going great.  This week on the podcast I interview Nick Troiano, the Executive Director of Unite America and author of the brand new book, “The Primary Solution: Rescuing Our…
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February 20, 2024 at 1:59 AM

Solving Your Own Problem

Solving Your Own Problem Happy President’s Day!  I hope the weekend is treating you well.  I love entrepreneurship – it makes the world go around.  I started my first company when I was 25.  The company didn’t …
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February 13, 2024 at 1:00 AM


62% Hello, I hope you had a great weekend.  The political world has been abuzz since the Special Counsel report that declined to prosecute Joe Biden for mishandling classified documents but described him as a “sym…
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February 6, 2024 at 1:59 AM

What's Next

What's Next Hello, I hope that your weekend was great.  South Carolina voted on Saturday and the results were what you’d expect:  Joe Biden romping with 96% of the vote in a VERY low turnout race – 132,000 votes cast in a state …
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January 30, 2024 at 5:18 PM

The View from South Carolina

The View from South Carolina Hello, I hope that you had a great weekend.    I spent the weekend campaigning for Dean Phillips in South Carolina with Evelyn.  We saw our old friend from 2020 Jermaine Johnson who led our efforts in…
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January 25, 2024 at 1:11 AM

South Carolina and Michigan

South Carolina and Michigan Hello, I hope that your week is going well.  It looks like Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee after New Hampshire – he managed to defeat Nikki Haley by double-digits in what should be her strongest state.  …
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January 22, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Democracy’s Last Stand

Democracy’s Last Stand Hello from New Hampshire one day before the primary!  It’s no exaggeration to say that Tuesday could be democracy’s last stand.  On the Republican side, Nikki Haley is trailing Donald Trump by 16 points.  I’ve spoken to …
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January 19, 2024 at 12:06 AM

My Endorsement of Dean Phillips

My Endorsement of Dean Phillips I went to New Hampshire today to formally endorse Dean Phillips for President of the United States.  Here’s my speech from Hanover:    Hello New Hampshire, it’s great to be back!…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
January 15, 2024 at 11:00 PM

Shifting Parties

Shifting Parties Hello, I hope things are going well for you this holiday weekend!  MLK Day is a special day for so many of us as he died combating the three great evils of racism, poverty and war.  The Iowa Republican Primary takes place toda…
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January 13, 2024 at 3:18 PM

No Time Like the Present

No Time Like the Present Hello, hope that you are doing great for the holiday weekend!  I turn 49 today.  I am celebrating with friends and family over the long weekend.    49 feels not old, but not young either…
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January 9, 2024 at 1:59 AM

How Things Grow

How Things Grow Hello and Happy New Year! A new poll has Dean Phillips at 21% in New Hampshire - he has a chance to make history on January 23rd! I see Dean as our best chance to put America on a better track. I spoke at USC a few months ago …
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January 5, 2024 at 9:00 PM


21% Happy New Year!   A new poll came out on Friday that had Dean Phillips up to 21% in New Hampshire in the Democratic primary.  Joe Biden was at 58% and Marianne Williamson at 5%.   This is a major piece of news.  Dean Phillips declared jus…
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January 2, 2024 at 2:00 AM


2024 Happy New Year!  2024 is going to be a huge year.    Huge good, or not-so-good?  This week on the podcast I welcome back old friend Zach Graumann to make some predictions for the New Year.    On the economic front, I predict…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
December 25, 2023 at 3:00 PM

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays!! Hello and Happy Holidays to you and yours!  I hope that you are celebrating with friends and family.   I remember as a kid being thrilled the first time I saw holiday lights go up in the neighborhood.  My parents were often t…
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December 19, 2023 at 2:00 AM


37%   Hello, I hope that your Holiday Season is off to a great start!    I was on CNN last week talking about the collapsing support for President Biden in the recent polls.  The numbers are stunning.      Biden’s …
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December 12, 2023 at 2:00 AM

Dean Phillips '24

Dean Phillips '24 Hello, I hope that your holidays are going great.    This week on the podcast I interview Dean Phillips, Democratic candidate for President.  I’m excited about his campaign for a few reasons.    …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
December 7, 2023 at 10:08 PM

Andy Kim

Andy Kim Hello, I hope that you’re doing great.  This week I had the opportunity to spend time with Andy Kim, who is running to be the next U.S. Senator from the Garden State.  I’ve known Andy for years; he’s a man of integrity.     “I didn’t…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
December 4, 2023 at 9:00 PM

The Republican Field

The Republican Field Hello, I hope the holidays are going well for you and yours!    The 4th Republican Debate is this week, which seems like a good time to revisit the Republican Field.    The three candidates w…
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November 27, 2023 at 2:02 PM


Healing Hello, I hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family!  Evelyn and I ate too much.    The holidays are a joyous time but also a difficult time for many Americans.  How do we make people happier and more mentally healthy?  Tha…
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November 13, 2023 at 2:00 PM


Caution A couple months ago, I attended an open house for a property that was for sale.  We weren’t really looking, but sometimes those things are fun.  This was a property that you could imagine buying as an …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
November 9, 2023 at 9:00 PM

Election Day

Election Day Hello, I hope that your week is going well.    Tuesday was a big Election Day – voters from around the country made their voices heard on issues big and small.    Forward Party had a great showing…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
November 6, 2023 at 9:00 PM


2024 It’s less than one year until Election Day 2024 – and the calendar is coming up on us quickly.  The Forward Party is engaged with local candidates around the country this week, which is awesome.    I get …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 27, 2023 at 9:00 PM

Dean Phillips

Dean Phillips The 2024 presidential field has a new contender – Dean Phillips, 3-term Democratic Congressman from Minnesota.    Dean is 54, which makes him a full 26 years younger than Joe Biden and 22 year…
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October 23, 2023 at 9:00 PM

The Human-Centered Economy

The Human-Centered Economy Hello, I hope that you and yours are holding up in a difficult time for the world.    This past week, I spoke on a panel about AI.  I was asked, “How do we build a prosperous economy for everyone in an era of Art…
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October 16, 2023 at 8:00 PM

Uncanceling the American Mind

Uncanceling the American Mind   This week on the podcast I interview Greg Lukianoff and Rikki Schlott on their new book, “The Canceling of the American Mind:  Cancel Culture Undermines Trust, Destroys Institutions, and Threatens Us All – Bu…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 11, 2023 at 6:46 PM

War in Israel

War in Israel It’s been a terrible time in the world as Hamas viciously attacked Israel this weekend killing hundreds of civilians in brutal fashion. Watching the videos unfold was nightmarish, a grotesque display of violence and callous i…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 7, 2023 at 8:00 PM

American Dysfunction

American Dysfunction This week, history was made as Kevin McCarthy was ousted as Speaker of the House. He was voted out by a combination of 8 conservative Republicans and all Democrats at a count of 216 – 210. No Speaker has ever been remo…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
October 2, 2023 at 6:00 PM

What Has Zach Been Up To?

What Has Zach Been Up To? Hello, I hope that you’re having a great week!  I spent last week at the American Democracy Summit in LA, which was a blast with tons of folks from Forward.    Many of you know my campaign manager Zach Graumann, w…
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September 25, 2023 at 6:00 PM

The Identity Trap

The Identity Trap Hello, I hope all is great on your end!  I visited Pittsburgh and Houston this week for Forward, including endorsing a local candidate and visiting a night market in Houston.  I also continued doing interviews for my new …
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 14, 2023 at 1:07 AM

Join me for a Virtual Book Party tomorrow!

Join me for a Virtual Book Party tomorrow! Dear John, I'm thrilled to invite you to a FREE virtual book event tomorrow night with me, my co-author Stephen Marche, and Jules Terpak!  Join us from anywhere in the world for a deep dive into The Last Election, plu…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM

The Last Election

The Last Election   When I was running for President, my team would often say to me “Bio” before I spoke at a rally or did a press appearance.  What they were saying to me was “Use your biography” because people didn’t know who I was and you…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 4, 2023 at 7:00 PM

The Rally

The Rally Hello, I hope that you are doing great on Labor Day!  The novel that I wrote with Stephen Marche – The Last Election - arrives next week!  It’s about the campaign manager of a third-party presidential candidate, a journalist hunt…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
September 2, 2023 at 7:15 PM

I’m coming to DC!!

I’m coming to DC!! Dear John, I am thrilled to be coming back to DC with my co-author Stephen Marche to discuss our new political thriller The Last Election with Yahoo! News Chief Political Correspondent Jon Ward! Join us at Politics and Prose for a fascinatin…
  Andrew Yang · [email protected]
August 28, 2023 at 4:00 PM

Recoding America

Recoding America   I talked this week to a military veteran who was frustrated by the level of service she receives for a health condition.     How are we going to solve our problems and make government work better for us?  One of the foremo…