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Andrew YangAmerican entrepreneur
Andrew Yang (born January 13, 1975) is an American businessman, politician, and author. Originally a lawyer, Yang began working in startups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive from 2000 to 2009. In 2011, he founded Venture for America (VFA), a nonprofit organization focused on creating jobs in cities struggling to recover from the Great Recession. He ran in the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, and as a resident of Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, is running as a Democrat in the 2021 New York City mayoral election. The son of immigrants from Taiwan, Yang was born and raised in New York State. He attended Brown University and Columbia Law School. On November 6, 2017, Yang filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to run for President of the United States in the 2020 election. Yang's campaign largely focused on responding to the rapid development of automation. His signature policy was the "Freedom Dividend," a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 a month to every American adult as a response to job displacement by automation. Yang has been credited with popularizing the idea of universal basic income through his candidacy and activism.