Does the Next Tech Superstar Work Here?
Jesse Draper is creator and host of The Valley Girl Show, through which she’s become a spokesperson for startups and helped pioneer the way of new media content distribution. Formerly a Nickelodeon star, Draper is now CEO of Valley Girl‚ where she oversees the show and runs technology blog Lalawag.com.
Incubators and accelerators for early-stage technology startups are popping up all over the country. But what makes one better than another? Nice office space, great educational programs, personalized company support and fun social events are all part of the equation. But it’s mostly about sharing space and working alongside other incredible entrepreneurs and companies.
San Francisco-based RocketSpace has only been around since 2011, but it has already built an impressive roster of all-star startups. Past alumni of the accelerator have included Spotify, Podio, PocketGems, Uber and Zaarly. The space has also mixed in a few employees from larger corporations like Sony.
According to Duncan Logan, founder and CEO of RocketSpace, the accelerator is highly competitive, enabling the company to select startups that will have a positive net effect the “ecosystem.” Logan and his team must be doing something right — RocketSpace has to continually expand in order to keep up with demand.
“There are a couple of people in here who have already sold a startup for over a billion dollars,” Logan says. “You would not be able to spot them […] They’re just there, working away, sitting with a couple of other guys working on a new idea.”
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