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Andrew Yang (born January 13, 1975) is an American entrepreneur, the founder of Venture for America , and a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. 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 of Global Entrepreneurship". [3]

In Yang's bid for the 2020 presidential nomination, one of his main campaign goals is to implement a universal basic income for every American adult as a response to the rapid development of automation and artificial intelligence that is leading to workforce challenges. [4]

Early life and Education

Yang was born in Schenectady, New York , to immigrant parents from Taiwan . His parents met while they were both in graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. His father graduated with a Ph.D. in physics and worked in the research labs of IBM and General Electric , generating over 89 patents in his career. His mother graduated with a Master's degree in statistics and later became an artist.

Yang attended Phillips Exeter Academy , a boarding school in New Hampshire . He graduated from Exeter in 1992 and went on to attend Brown University, receiving a Bachelor of Economics. After Brown University, Yang attended Columbia Law School where he received a Juris Doctor.

2020 presidential campaign

On November 6, 2017, Yang filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for President of the United States in 2020. His campaign proposes a $1,000/month "Freedom Dividend" to all U.S. citizens over the age of 18 (a form of universal basic income) and other responses to predictions of mass unemployment from technological automation. His website states, "Every U.S. citizen over the age of 18 would receive $1,000 a month, regardless of income or employment status, free and clear." A New York Times article about his campaign described various new policies Yang proposes, such as a department focused on regulating the addictive nature of media, a White House Psychologist, making Tax Day a national holiday, and, to stem corruption, increasing the salaries of federal regulators but limiting their private work after they leave public service.Yang's campaign slogan is "Humanity First", which calls attention to his belief that automation of many key industries is one of the biggest threats facing the workforce. [4]

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