Jessica O. Matthews Shares Her Journey from Harvard to Forbes’s “30 Under 30”

Jessica O. Matthews Shares Her Journey from Harvard to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” - mbaMission

Jessica O. Matthews

Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? Is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.

Jessica O. Matthews became an entrepreneur early in life when she invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy-generating soccer ball, at age 19. Since then, she has established a decorated entrepreneurial career, founding the renewable energy company Uncharted Play and co-founding one of the first private hydropower dams in Nigeria—all while being chosen for such lists as Fortune’s “Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs” and Forbes’s “30 Under 30.” Now, Matthews joins the Venture for America podcast to share how she accomplished all of this in her twenties, touching on these and other details:

  • Why she never thought she would become an entrepreneur, despite having grown up with an innovative mother
  • Which experiences at Harvard (Matthews earned two degrees from the university) motivated her to invent the SOCCKET ball
  • How President Clinton’s comments pushed her to quit her day job and pursue entrepreneurship

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