Andrew Yang

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Andrew Yang
Andrew Yang talking about urban entrepreneurship at Techonomy Conference 2015 in Detroit, MI (cropped).jpg
Occupation Tech entrepreneur
Location New York, New York
Twitter @AndrewYang
LinkedIn Profile
Website Andrew Yang's Instagram

Andrew Yang is an American entrepreneur who ran in the 2020 presidential election. He was the first candidate for the election to announce his acceptance of bitcoin and Ether as political donations.[1][2][3]

Though his campaign centered around his proposal for universal basic income, his platform included several proposals for technology policy changes, including changes around cryptocurrency and blockchain laws. He was an outspoken critic of existing laws and regulations pertaining to the subject, calling them a "hodgepodge."

Yang saw considerable support on social media (his supporters often declared themselves part of the #YangGang), but he received the support of zero state delegates at the Iowa Caucus in 2020, and only 1 percent of the popular vote. He received only 2.9 percent of the vote in New Hampshire a week later, after which he announced that he would be dropping out of the race.[4]

Background

Andrew Yang was born in Schenectady, New York in 1975. Yang graduated from the elite Phillips Exeter Academy in 1992 before going to Brown University from 1992 to 1996, studying political science and economics. He later attended law school at Columbia University from 1996 to 1999. Before running for president, Yang was CEO of Manhattan GMAT, a test prep company that was sold to Kaplan Test Prep in 2009. He later created Venture for America, a program that helps college graduates find work at tech startups in cities hit particularly hard by the financial crisis of 2008. Yang received the Champion of Change Award from the Obama Administration in 2012, and was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015.[5][6]

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