25-Year-Old Penn Grad Called “Next Elon Musk”

She can charge cell phones without cords.

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She’s worked for NASA. She’s got an ingenious way to charge your cell phone. Now she’s getting compared to Elon Musk.

Meredith Perry, a 25-year-old graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was the subject of a recent Fortune profile which focused on her company uBeam. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company aims to help people drop the cords and charge their smartphones at a distance. It counts Mark Cuban (Shark Tank), Shawn Fanning (the Napster guy) and Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo) as investors.

“Perry grabbed the world’s attention after demonstrating the concept with co-founder Nora Dweck at a conference in 2011. Using ultrasound waves, the pair beamed a small amount of power between two toaster-size boxes positioned a few feet apart,” Fortune writes. She has since raised $10 million.

The entire article will be in the August 1 issue of Fortune but a preview can be found here.

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