(Inc) — Andrew Yang believes entrepreneurs can help save cities, especially those whose economies have been ravaged by the recession. Yang gave up a law career almost immediately after he started, realizing the mega-firm life was “a less than ideal use of a lot of smart people’s time.” He founded Stargiving.com, a celebrity affiliated philanthropic fundraising site in 2000, right at the end of the dot.com bubble. About a year and a half later that business was washed out to sea with many others. Yang still had a six-figure law school debt to square away, but had been bitten by the start-up bug. He decided to apprentice himself out to other entrepreneurs to learn more about starting businesses.