Matt Lisle


Currently at Penn for his Master's degree, Matt graduated from Penn in 2015 and started Everwaters, which is a startup that sells affordable water filters to families in Kenya. He then came back to Penn three years later to finish his Master’s in Robotics.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..." jobs

  • SpaceX
  • Deloitte
  • Jane Street
  • Anki
  • Boeing
  • DEKA


Things I Swore I'd Finish But Never Did

  • 3D printed prosthetic
  • My rowing career at Penn


Everyday L's of Life

  • Almost getting run over on my daily bicycle commute (Spruce Street has been particularly harrowing this year)
  • Getting locked out of the Quad in my pajamas with no wallet, keys, phone, or shoes
  • The daily struggle to find my laptop charger
  • Subsisting on a jar of peanut butter every two days


Failures That Seemed Like the End of the World Back Then But Don't Matter in Hindsight

  • Getting a C on my English paper in high school when applying for college
  • Spending a summer helping a professor write a course only to have him throw it out
  • Heat and Mass Transfer (just all of it)
  • Getting rejected from consulting and finance internships (which was in the end for the better!)

On the Bright Side


Things I'm Proud of That You Won't See on a Resume

  • I make a good steak
  • Beating three Roys on level 9 (Super Smash Bros)
  • Gaining 12 pounds in 8 hours after our last rowing race freshman year
  • Knowing the Alec Baldwin ABC monologue by heart


Memories I Made While I Wasn’t Studying/Working

  • Hanging out on the roof of Skirkanich (there are no rails, NONE!)
  • Sleep talking to my roommates about senior design
  • High-fived Chuck Schumer while running the Tunnel to Towers 5k in New York


Things I've Done That Pushed Me Outside My Comfort Zone

  • Navigating Nairobi traffic
  • Anything that my brother makes me do
  • This interview
  • Performing hip-hop choreo in front of Strictly Funk
  • Getting to the Mombasa train on the back of a motorcycle


Things I've Learned That Will Still Matter in 10 Years

  • Wear your bike helmet
  • Always be closing


Leaps of Faith

  • Coming to Penn
  • Asking a Penn professor for a summer job when still in high school
  • Everwaters
  • Going on TV to promote my startup


Books I've Read For Fun

  • The Martian
  • Star Wars (anything)


Unconventional Skills

  • Out-of-style dance moves
  • Speaking Swahili


Quirks That Make Me Who I Am

  • Not being able to eat anything (allergic to everything)
  • More aggressive than average in all modes of transportation