Nowadays, many Gen Z-ers like myself can be found staring at their phone screens for hours and hours on end — most of the time on social media applications like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. According to, “the average person will spend nearly two hours (approximately 116 minutes) on social media every day, which translates to a total of 5 years and 4 months spent over a lifetime.” Crazy, huh?

While many worry about the long-term effects of social media on Gen Z, social media can be a powerful tool for getting you and your story heard.

For example, take…

I’m 21 years old and have had a desire to go into venture capital for a while now. But I never thought I’d be able to break into the industry until I was older and later in my career.

And then I met Adam Goldberg, a 22 year-old who is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. Adam is only one year older than I am, but he is already making waves in the venture capital industry.

“Never let your age hold you back,” said Adam Goldberg.

Adam primarily invests in enterprise infrastructure, big data and analytics, datacenter technologies, the Internet…

In the Fall of 2015, I excitedly walked through the front gates of Georgetown University on my first day of class. Because Georgetown doesn’t have Greek life, many other student organizations substitute for students’ social life. After finding this out, I applied to eight clubs — the same number of schools that I had applied to for college. As each of these clubs was extremely competitive, I had to write multiple essays for each application. And on top of that, I had to include materials such as my resume, transcript, and standardized testing scores. …

This semester, I dove deep into the recruiting process for an internship opportunity in venture capital and/or growth equity. And let me tell you, it was not easy.

While I had gained some “street cred” from interning at Revolution, it was still difficult to find the contact information for people at venture capital firms, email them, follow up with them, and talk with them. Venture capital is notorious for being a difficult industry to break into. While it’s always nice to network face-to-face through career fairs and recruiting events, that’s not always possible for everyone. For example, while I met…

When I was in high school, I was told by my teachers and adult mentors to strive to be the all-around student — the student that excelled in all sports, all academic subjects, and all extracurricular activities. But while this might be what most universities and employers looked for in the past, deep knowledge is the new way to stand-out, especially for entrepreneurs.

Developing a deep knowledge of an industry or problem is imperative for any entrepreneur seeking to start a company. Take it from Eric Wu, one of the young entrepreneurs that I interviewed for my book.

“Walk into…

“At 17, I realized I was having a mid-life crisis and needed to figure out what I really wanted to do,” said Justin Lafazan.

Justin took the unusual step of telling his dream school — University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School — that he was deferring his admission and taking a gap year.

“My friends looked at me like I was crazy,” he confided. “But the reality was that I needed to talk to a ton of entrepreneurs to learn what they’d done to do what they loved.”

Justin’s story is the norm among Gen Z entrepreneurs. They each decided to…

According to Monster Worldwide, the second most important factor that Gen Z-ers are looking for in employers is the ability to pursue their passion. And after talking with many fellow Gen Zers for my book, I can definitely say that my own research backs this up.

But many adults and institutions aren’t necessarily encouraging Gen Zs like myself to pursue our passions. One of the people that I interviewed for my book said it best.

“Many young people are not encouraged to explore their passions, think outside the box, or embrace their individuality,” said Victor Zhang.

Victor Zhang is the…

As a result of hosting and meeting Steve Case, the founder of AOL, at a speakers’ series event at Georgetown University in December 2016, I learned more about the exciting world of venture capital and inclusive entrepreneurship. I was intrigued. And this intrigue eventually landed me an intern position at Case’s venture capital firm Revolution, specifically on the Rise of the Rest team. Rise of the Rest is a nationwide effort to work closely with entrepreneurs in emerging startup ecosystems.

This opportunity allowed me to meet many inspiring entrepreneurs and venture capitalists — notably, Philippe Bourguignon.

Philippe Bourguignon is the…

Gen Zs have grown up in a time in which dropping out of college, or skipping it altogether, has become popularized — especially for people who want to be entrepreneurs. We’ve grown up surrounded by successful entrepreneurs who dropped out of college.

To name a few,

  • Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, dropped out at 19
  • Travis Kalanick, founder of Uber, dropped out at 21
  • John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, dropped out at 22
  • Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, dropped out of high school at 15
  • Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, dropped out at 19
  • Bill Gates, founder of…

Alex Heintze

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