Hey Huskies, Happy Valentine’s Day and long weekend! Get inspired by Sherman Center Alumni and current students. Don’t forget to check out the newest episode of the ShermCast from our podcast team!!
💭 Alumni, Where Are They Now? 💭
Tuan Ho (middle), Mechanical Engineering ’18, is the CEO and Co-Founder of ScholarJet.
Co-founders Joseph Alim (left) and Francisco Calderon (right) are also Northeastern almuni and the group was recently featured in Forbes 30 under 30 for education in 2019!
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
“Everywhere, because the world is vast and I’m trapped in a financial/responsibility bubble. What is life but to work all the time and not enjoy the beauty that this universe has to offer let alone just the Earth itself? Culture, people, animals, plants, man-made and nature-made architecture is waiting to be explored. But the opportunity only presents to a few.”What is your background with entrepreneurship and ventures?
“200 books in 6 months while on co-op. Then spending the last 4 years learning everything from meeting founders, investors, mentors and actually trying to operate a business. This is a new discovery that I call “experiential learning” who knows, it could even make us robot proof. I’m joking.”How did you find out about REV and why did you decide to participate with REV?
“I didn’t chose REV. REV chose me. There’s a long version and a short version. The short version is that I met Abby Titcomb who introduces me to Ted, then Ted introduce me to Bailey. On the other hand, the long version is that I tried to tap in to university resources by talking to people from the university and ended up at REV with that goal in mind. Also, because I’m lucky to have chosen mechanical engineering as a major.”What is your advice for students interested in applying to REV?
“REV is probably one of the best opportunity on campus. Be extremely judicious with your time! If I were to do things differently, I would have spent the majority of my time reaching out to founders and building as big of a network as possible. 1000-2000 connections from Boston -> NewYork -> SilliconValley. This is so that you won’t have to spend the time building up the network when you are focus on operation. Reach beyond ‘the box’. I had to break out of the box probably 30 times ever since I was a part of REV.”
Tell me about the venture!
“By 2030, there will be 85 million unfilled jobs globally. 6 million of which are from the U.S. By the end of 2020 we are at over 1 million unfilled tech jobs already. 72% of recruiters say that they can’t find relevant talent but spent millions of dollars on the top elite universities to recruit. They’re all fighting for the same pool of talent and reject other candidates because recruiting today is only focused on backgrounds and not skills.Education is getting better, and the only way for candidates from low-income-high-student-loan to move up in the world is to have a high paying jobs where recruiters are not willing to look at them.We are transforming the future of entry-level recruiting by bringing skills and projects to the forefront of recruiting. ScholarJet partners help candidates showcase their skills by uploading projects that highlight their skills for tech roles. For example, business development role can upload a video of themselves pitching a business or writing a code email. Software engineers can submit an app they’ve created. Candidates on our platform also earn money to help pay off student loans as part of our model. Some of ScholarJet’s notable clients include, Wayfair, Akamai, and Toast.Who are some of your partners?
“Wayfair, Toast, Akamai, Carbonite, WeWork, MassChallenge, Hollister Staffing, Santander Bank, and Turbonomics”
🐾 Humans of the Sherm 🐾
Reza Akhtar – Executive Director of Generate
Reza is a a Computer Science and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics major graduating in May 2021. He is from Fairfax County, Virginia.
“I would definitely have to say being in Generate has been my most meaningful experience at Northeastern this far. Generate is just that type of community where people rally around strong passions, and that brings everyone together. It’s really hard not to be fast friends with the people you meet in the Sherman Center community because of this. Being the Executive Director of Generate this past year has been an unparalleled life experience, and I know I’ve made some lifelong friendships.”
“My dad inspires me all of the time. He’s an architect who runs his own business building custom homes (he built my childhood home!). Some advice he gave me about my career is to “build houses you could walk through for hours” and, if I do that, I’ll be happy with my career. I hope to one day be building my metaphorical houses – whatever those may actually be!”
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Hey Shermits, Episode 3 from our podcast just dropped! Do you know the difference between a poruct manager and a project manager? Check out this week’s episode to learn about product management. Thank you to all our listeners and everyone who helped produce this podcast!
👀 Sherman Center events to keep an eye out 👀 for this month!
💗 Spreading the LOVE 💗
This week show some love for Jessica Matthews!
Jessica Matthews is the CEO and founder of a Uncharted Power, Inc. Jessica deserves immense recognition for her accomplishments. She is a dual citizen of Nigeria and the U.S. and has given love back to both communities for entrepreneurship. She is a Harvard alum with a degree in Psychology and Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
In 2012, Jessica was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act and also served as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria!
Uncharted Power is a full-service energy and data infrastructure technology company. We use our patented technologies to build, own, and operate smart city infrastructure to provide clean and low-cost power to communities around the world.
However, her story starts at the age of 19 with her invention of the SOCCKET (seen above). The SOCCKET is an energy generating soccer ball created with the purpose of bringing renewable energy to impoverished communities. Later, the PULSE, an energy generating jump rope, was created with the same goal.
Thus began Uncharted Play, the antecedent for Uncharted Power. With her experience with the motion-based, off-grid, renewable energy, Jessica knew she wanted to help provide power in developing countries and anywhere without a reliable grid.
In 2016, she moved on from manufacturing toys and sports products and re-branded as Uncharted Power. The company was on a quest to create larger infrastructural solutions to provide cost-efficient energy for the developing world, from sub-Saharan Africa to the Caribbean.
That year she raised $7 million, the largest Series A ever raised by a black female founder!
Their mission statement: “Uncharted Power is building resilient, accessible, and cost-effective power access infrastructure in order to create a world with ubiquitous power for all” speaks to Jessica’s successes and the companies future projects.
Right now, Uncharted Power is working on the pilots, Facility Parking Lot and Community Retreat Center. These projects will harness renewable energy using “The Uncharted System“.
Jessica Matthews continues to learn and improve from each decision she makes and is a role model for all aspiring entrepreneurs and engineers.
She describes herself as “the perfect mashup between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Beyoncé” and that couldn’t be more true. A fierce inventor🔥.
💡What’s going on around Boston, the Sherm, 💡
and Northeastern this week?
Northeastern: IDEA Conference 2020: Embrace Your Impact
February 15th, 2020 9 AM – 5 PM | IDEA
📍Questrom School of Business, BU
595 Commonwealth Ave, 02215 Boston
Fee: $15 – $20 (register here)Boston: Venture Café Cambridge: Office Hours
February 20th, 2020 3 – 5PM
📍Venture Café Cambridge
1 Broadway 5th Floor, 02142 Boston
Fee: Free (book hours here)Intro to the Boston Startup Community
February 20th, 2020 6:30 AM – 8:30 PM
125 Summer Street 13th Floor, 02110 Boston
Fee: Free (register here)Revolve Nation Boston Entrepreneurs: Networking & Discussion Group
February 19th, 2020 6 – 8 PM
10 Post Office Square, 02109 Boston
Fee: Free (register here)
The Sherm: Team Leadership Step-by-Step
Every Friday @ 1:00 PM
📍Sherman Conference Room, 008C Hayden HallVenture Coaching: Product/Market Consulting
February 18th, 2020 3:30 PM
📍Sherman Conference Room, 008C Hayden Hall
Appointment Only! Contact e.buff to reserve your spot.Venture Coaching: Product Development
February 14th and 21st, 2020 12:00 PM
📍Sherman Maker Space, 010 Hayden Hall
Appointment Only! Contact j.hutchins to reserve your spot.FEATURED WORKSHOP: Power Tools
February 19th, 1 – 1:30 PM
February 20th, 10:30 – 11 AMGet an inside scoop of this workshop in next weeks newsletter!
📚 What are we reading this week? 📚
“14-year-old ‘Shark Tank’ success shares her best piece of advice for entrepreneurs”
Check out CNBC’s article on Mikaila’s business, Me & the Bees Lemonade!
Mikaila Ulmer is proof that there is no age restriction for entrepreneurship.She created her business with a plan to sell lemonade that uses flaxseed and local honey as a sweetener. The lemonade can be found in stores from Whole Foods to Wegmans.
Mikaila first started selling her lemonade in 2009. That year she set up a table in front of the family home, and began selling lemonade based on a 1940s recipe from her great-grandmother. In 2015, it won a contract to supply Whole Foods Market. Mikaila was just nine years old!
Learn more about this amazing story straight from the website.