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Jessica Ratcliffe

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Jessica Ratcliffe is a young English entrepreneur who started her business, GaBoom, in 2010. An innovative peer-to-peer video game swapping website, GaBoom continues to grow as an online business for the gaming community. Ratcliffe first came up with the idea for GaBoom when she was 15 years old and thought of the need for a platform where gamers could swap their video games but on a much larger scale than what was available.

Ratcliffe attended the University of London - Royal Holloway for a degree in business management, leaving in 2010 to start GaBoom. She went on to win 10k from the prestigious National Varsity Pitching Competition, a sum that helped get GaBoom up and running. Next up, Ratcliffe plans on expanding GaBoom to the international market and implementing new features to the website to make for a more streamlined, accessible experience.

Companies and Investments

GaBoom (Founder), thisyr.com (Creator), Mind Candy (eCommerce Manager)

Lessons Learned

Before launching a business, be sure and do your research and find out how you can make it a reality.

If you have a dream or are passionate about something, go for it!

I have found that having a positive attitude and being open to new ideas has been extremely beneficial.

The success of your business relies on your motivation and desire to make it happen. Keep this in mind before moving forward.

If you have an idea, especially for an online business, this is the time to turn it into something more concrete.

Trust your gut instinct at all times.

Step out of your comfort zone from time to time. You never know what you will achieve until you try new things.

Inspiring Quotes

A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts

Richard Branson

Jessica Ratcliffe 's Quotes

I believe it’s vital to keep in touch with your social life because time with your friends can be a welcome break as well as give you the opportunity to bounce ideas off others.

Jessica Ratcliffe

In my opinion, the key to becoming successful in business is having passion. It’s your passion, drive and love for what you do that will keep you going even when times get tough.

Jessica Ratcliffe

There will always be competition, where it’s direct or indirect competition.

Jessica Ratcliffe

Influential Books


Ben Horowitz, Richard Branson, Sarah Wood