Yoga and Chimpanzee Brains: The Unlikely Startup Story of a GW Alum

Jessica Carson Jessica Carson knew far more about how to navigate a chimpanzee’s brain than she did the startup landscape when she graduated from George Washington University in 2013. Two years later, unsuspected interests, talents and a love of yoga have transformed Carson into the director of the NextGen Angels investor network, a change she freely admits she could never have seen coming. “I’d never even heard of startups until grad school,” Carson admitted in an interview. “I’d never even heard of startups until grad school.” Carson was a cognitive neuroscience major, the first woman in the program. After graduating, she segued straight in a Ph.D. program after graduation. She worked as a research fellow in labs at GW and at the National Institutes of Health. She studied neuroimaging and, among…


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