In my mind, the Research Triangle is not better or worse than Silicon Valley, it’s simply different. As an entrepreneur, if you can learn to leverage the unique strengths of the Triangle like the low cost of living, short commute times, employer-friendly labor laws, and highly educated / long-term focused workforce, you can build an amazing company here in the Triangle. By taking advantage of the unique strengths of the area, you can build companies here that simply couldn’t be built in Silicon Valley. I love the excitement and momentum that is developing in Raleigh-Durham around entrepreneurship and innovation, and I think Triangle Startup Factory is a great example of the kind of environment that is getting created in the Triangle.
A self-taught software programmer, Jesse Lipson has been involved in internet technologies since 1999. In 2001, he became President of Rapidata.net, a pharmaceutical market research company. In two years, he helped grow revenues at Rapidata.net by over 500% and laid the foundation for the company’s acquisition by Greenfield Online. Subsequent to Rapidata.net, Jesse co-founded the web site development firm novelProjects and served as the company’s CEO. He then founded and served as CEO of ShareFile, an internet software company focusing on business file transfer. In 6 years, ShareFile bootstrapped the company with no funding and has grown from zero to over 20,000 customers, 150 full-time employees, and over 3 million users. In October 2011, ShareFile was acquired by Citrix Systems (CTXS) and Jesse became GM of Data Sharing at Citrix.
Jesse graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University degree in philosophy in 2000.