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S’well’s Sarah Kauss Shares Her Unique Career Path from CPA to CEO

S’well’s Sarah Kauss Shares Her Unique Career Path from CPA to CEO - mbaMission

Sarah Kauss, Founder and CEO of S’well

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.

Sarah Kauss, founder and CEO of reusable water bottle company S’well, began her career in an environment that hardly evokes thoughts of environmental awareness: accounting. After working as a CPA for a number of years, Kauss attended Harvard Business School and, in 2010, founded S’well. She sat down with Shinewald to share her story in this podcast episode, touching on these details and more:

  • How a hike in Arizona with her mother inspired the idea for S’well
  • Why being the daughter of entrepreneurial parents made her both less and more inclined to start her own company
  • Why Kauss got excited the first time she saw a purchase from someone whose name she did not recognize

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