Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least

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6.3 X 9.5 X 0.9 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Jackley is an award-winning social entrepreneur focused on financial inclusion, the sharing economy, and social justice. She is best known as a co-founder of Kiva, the world's first and largest P2P microlending website. She also co-founded ProFounder, a pioneering crowdfunding platform for U.S. entrepreneurs, and Kin & Co., a consultancy helping organizations support women and working families. She is an investor and advisor with Collaborative Fund, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. An active board member for several nonprofit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Jackley holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from Bucknell University. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three sons.


"Jessica Jackley didn't wait for permission to change the world--she just did it. It turns out that you can too."--Seth Godin, author of What to Do When It's Your Turn

"Fascinating . . . gripping . . . bursting with lessons . . . Jessica Jackley has written a remarkable book . . . so thoroughly well meaning and engagingly put it is too magnetic to put down."--Financial Times

"Clay Water Brick is a tremendously inspiring read. Jessica Jackley, the virtuoso co-founder of the revolutionary microlending platform Kiva, shares uplifting stories and compelling lessons on entrepreneurship, resilience, and character."--Adam Grant, author of Give and Take

"With only a dream and a lot of determination, Jessica Jackley founded Kiva, an organization that has empowered millions of people around the world. Clay Water Brick is the inspiring story of her own far-flung journeys as an entrepreneur, but it's also a blueprint for anyone who wants to make the world a better place and find fulfillment in the process, no matter how scarce their resources or how steep the challenge."--Arianna Huffington

"This book is inspirational. And honest and practical. . . . Well written, thoughtful: a selfless account of how to succeed by doing right and following your heart."--Booklist

"Inspiring and insightful, Clay Water Brick is a book you simply won't be able to put down. Jessica Jackley has created a timeless read for every aspiring entrepreneur."--Adam Braun, author of The Promise of a Pencil

"Capital and abundant resources are not the keys to innovation, and Jessica Jackley proves it. The stories of some of the unlikely entrepreneurs she's met around the world inspire us to see opportunity where before we saw none."--Simon Sinek, author of Start with Why

"Jessica Jackley's life story offers an inspirational blueprint for just about anyone who wants to live a more meaningful life--and the good news is that you can start today. Read it. Share it. Discuss it. Clay Water Brick is the guidebook you've been waiting for."--Deborah Rodriguez, author of Kabul Beauty School

"Clay Water Brick is a moving account of so many previously untold human stories, inviting the reader to think more universally about entrepreneurship and the role of business in driving positive change in the world. Jessica Jackley captures the spirit and the heart of the entrepreneur by sharing her own journey and shining a spotlight on a remarkable group of entrepreneurs from around the world and the perseverance that defines them. This is a powerful read for all, and whether you have an idea you want to pursue, an entrepreneur you can help support, or purely general interest, you will be inspired."--Blake Mycoskie, TOMS founder and Chief Shoe Giver, author of Start Something That Matters