There’s no two ways about it, the last six weeks have been weird. A mysterious virus. Social distancing. Zoom classes, Zoom meetings, Zoom happy hours, Zoom everything.

It’s also been scary. Every day we are bombarded with some new, unprecedented, usually frightening statistic — 22 million Americans filing for unemployment, a contagion rate that might be twice what we previously thought, the fastest ever 30% decline in the stock market.

We will clearly be grappling with some very serious societal impacts for years to come. …


2018 has been an interesting year. In particular, it has been defined by two main elements: it’s the year I started living a bit healthier. I discovered a love of hiking and began exercising more; I am also cooking more frequently, eating cleaner, and drinking less. It is also a year during which my intellectual curiosity was re-ignited in a big way. I believe I can thank being back in an academic setting — I am getting my MBA at Yale SOM— for this.

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As a result of 2018 being defined by this new health kick and a renewed energy for learning, some of the typical go-to New Year’s resolutions are out the window. It would be pretty disingenuous to resolve to get in shape or read more. So instead, my New Year’s resolution is to channel this intellectual curiosity and love of learning in a new way: by writing more frequently. I want to write more about what I am learning in business school, the books and articles I am reading, and my thoughts on some of my areas of interest: how consumer product companies and consumer technologies grow, what makes entrepreneurs tick, and how to think through career transitions. …


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The Chief of Staff role has moved from the halls of Congress to tech startups

When you think of someone with the job title of Chief of Staff, I imagine the first people who come to mind are Rahm Emmanuel, John Kelly or Leo McGarry from the West Wing. The image of a Chief of Staff is someone walking around the halls of the White House or the U.S. Capitol, not someone working in an open office space with exposed brick, visible ductwork and lofted ceilings.

But these days the Chief of Staff title is no longer exclusive to politics and government. Chiefs of Staff can now be found at hundreds of tech companies across the country. I am a co-founder of the Chief of Staff Tech Network, which brings dozens of New York City’s tech chiefs together each month to discuss the do’s, don’ts, and best practices of the position. …


With so many millennials beginning to engage in politics for the first-time, it is important to figure out how to channel that energy into political donations. Millennial under-engagement has been a major problem in the past, but Jake Mikva may have found a way to effectively engage young professionals and motivate them to give with his startup GoodWerk.

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Jake Mikva

GoodWerk is a PAC that mixes civics, digital media and political giving into a format that encourages young people to get more involved in elections and take political action. Think of it as Schoolhouse Rock meets Gawker meets ActBlue. However you describe it, Jake and his team are producing extraordinary content for our social media feeds focused on key issues that millennials care about. But these pieces are not just news items, they actually provide a way for people to give directly to candidates who align with these issues and who need all the financial help they can get. …


Jessica Alter has been starting and growing some of Silicon Valley’s most impressive companies for her entire career, but her latest endeavor, Tech for Campaigns, is her most important startup yet. What started as a simple Google Doc shared among her friends and colleagues in the tech world to see who was interested in providing tech expertise to Democratic campaigns following the election of Donald Trump has since morphed into a full-fledged organization with an army of volunteer digital talent ready to be dispatched to progressive and centrist campaigns at a moment’s notice.

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Jessica Alter

On episode 13 of Next Gen Dem, Jessica and I discuss how Tech for Campaigns came to be, how we can ensure technological innovations live on in future elections, why we need to focus on the state level, and how Democrats need to take a page out of the Chicago Cubs’ playbook. …


In just a few short years, Eric Lesser went from organizing students at Harvard to having a desk 50 feet away from the Oval Office, which was a political education he is now putting to good use in the Massachusetts State Legislature, where he serves as a state Senator representing nine municipalities in the Springfield area.

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Eric Lesser

On episode 12 of Next Gen Dem, Eric and I discuss his first foray into politics in high school, his proudest White House achievement (which also may have been his most embarrassing moment), and how you need to create your own destiny if you want to run for office. …


If anyone can rise to the challenge of running for Congress for the first time in a deep-red Ohio district, it’s former Navy pilot Ken Harbaugh. Despite the fact that most of Ken’s neighbors voted for Trump, and even his own parents did as well, he is confident he has a message that will resonate — his commitment to putting service above self.

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Ken Harbaugh

On Episode 11 of Next Gen Dem, Ken and I discuss how his military service has made him uniquely qualified to bridge the divide in politics, the perception of Trump among veterans, and how he balances being a parent with his pursuit of elected office. …


Most people are still in their first job at the age of 25, figuring out what they want to do with their lives. P.G. Sittenfeld, however, decided that was the perfect age to begin running for elected office, and he has become a rising Democratic star in the years that have followed, eventually becoming the youngest person ever elected to the Cincinnati City Council and a candidate for Ohio’s U.S. Senate Seat.

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P.G. Sittenfeld

In episode 10 of Next Gen Dem, P.G. and I cover a wide range of topics, including when he came to the realization that politics was the best way for him to make a difference, whether his young age has ever been a hindrance for him politically, and what kind of message Democrats need to win back Ohio. …


If he becomes Detroit’s City Clerk, first-time political candidate Garlin Gilchrist will be the man in charge of the voting process in Detroit. Since the city contains the largest block of Democratic voters in the key swing state of Michigan — which has a Gubernatorial election next year and is bound to play a key role in the 2020 Presidential race — even in a local role, Garlin has the potential to shape elections that impact the entire country.

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Garlin Gilchrist

In episode nine of Next Gen Dem, Garlin and I discuss ways he plans to combat voter suppression, how to get people excited about state and local elections, how people can help solve problems in their city without running for office, and how to avoid a repeat of what happened in Michigan in the 2016 Presidential race. …


One of the many reasons Barack Obama won two terms as President is because he was able to deploy state-of-the-art, cutting-edge technology to target voters and get them out to the polls. But Republicans have recently begun to close the gap and cut into Democrats’ technological advantage.

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Betsy Hoover

According to Betsy Hoover, my guest on Episode 8 of Next Gen Dem, one of the main culprits is because political tech innovations largely only occur every four years during a Presidential cycle. Betsy, however, is trying to change that. She and two other partners — including Andrew McLaughlin — recently launched a company called Higher Ground Labs, which is an incubator and accelerator for entrepreneurs who are building tools to help democrats win elections. …

About

Max Dworin

Food, Bev, CPG, Startups. Launching a new alcohol brand soon. Pursuing my MBA @yalesom. Formerly @BoxedWholesale & @SenSchumer. @Mets fan & @JohnsHopkins alum

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