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Self-Education Program

After being named one of the 1 of top 6 finalists from hundreds in a competition to shadow Dave McClure of 500 Startups, Jennifer created her own self-education program that involved meeting with and interviewing successful entrepreneurs and founders, shadowing at 6 companies for 1-5 days each to learn from them and help out wherever possible, volunteering at conferences (such as DEMO and Founder Showcase), sitting in on some classes at Stanford with the permission of the instructors, and visiting the offices of companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, etc.

She met with and interviewed entrepreneurs and investors including Peter Thiel (founder of Paypal and early investor in Facebook), Tim Ferriss, Richard Branson, Joe Gebbia (Airbnb), Dave McClure (500 Startups), Eric Ries (Lean Startup), Steve Blank (4 Steps to the Epiphany), Reid Hoffman (Linkedin), Brad Feld (Techstars), Matt Flannery (Kiva), Randy Reddig (Square), Brian Wong (Kiip), Sam Zaid (Getaround), and more. Jennifer shadowed at Kiva, Causes, Ashoka, the Stanford d.school, Launchrock, and Dojo, helping them with things like marketing, customer service, sales, design, and strategy.

You can read more about this self-education program in Jennifer’s Forbes article about it, which was one of Forbes Greatest Hits, on the Forbes Most Read and Top Trending Stories for over a week, featured on Linkedin Today, and reprinted by New York’s daily newspapers, Business Insider and Vault.

Selected Creative and Press Samples:

Dave McClure Shadow Application:

Six Shadow Positions:


1 week
‘Hustling’ and Customer Service 
1 day
Shadow to CEO Matt Flannery 
1 day at Bay Area Youth Venture
Marketing Consulting
1 week
Marketing Consulting
1 week
Strategy and Design
1 day
Design Process Project and Design

Panel discussion with Peter Thiel at Stanford:

Interviewing Tim Ferriss:

Richard Branson:

Forbes article – How I Figured Out What To Do With My Life:

One of Forbes Greatest Hits (with over 350K views), on the Forbes Most Read and Top Trending Stories for over a week, featured on Linkedin Today, and reprinted by New York’s daily newspapers, Business Insider and Vault

Women 2.0 article – A Day with the CEO of Kiva, Matt Flannery:

Want To Know What To Do With Your Life? Prototyping Work Experiences Could Help – Career Collaborators

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