I.M.H.O (In My Humble Opinion) is an ongoing series of posts written by guest authors who have been there, done that…and have great stories to show for it.
This week we have a post written by Jeremy Levine. Just over a year ago Jeremy was an intern for Accelgolf. Now he is the Founder of StarStreet – The Sports Stock Market, one of the hottest sports startups there is. This is the story of his path and some of his tips on how to do it yourself. Be sure to check out Jeremy on CNN , follow him @JerLevine and most importantly get trading on The Sports Stock Market.
By the time I graduated college, I knew exactly what I wanted to do: create a sports stock market. So I knew what I wanted to do, but had no idea how to do it. My entrepreneurship major wasn’t helping, I’m not technical, and I had no money or useful connections. I applied to a bunch of incubators (TechStars, Ycombinator, DreamIt), but being a single non-technical founder, I got rejected from each one.
I moved back home to Cambridge,MA,and decided I was going to go to every event I could and network as much as possible. I was lucky enough to meet Will Sulinski – the founder of AccelGolf – right as they started their great TechStars Boston program. Will offered me an internship so that he could “bounce ideas off me in exchange for me getting access to his whole network.” Of course I accepted! Throughout my time with AccelGolf, I was able to make essential connections, learn about how startups really work, and make more progress on StarStreet than I would have on my own. Becoming an intern was the best preparation to start my own company.
When my company really started to make progress, I left the internship to focus on StarStreet full time. Thanks to my internship connections, StarStreet got accepted into the 2010 TechStars Boston program and from there things started to take off.
From my point of view, there is a lot of power in the right internship. Just make sure you find something you are truly passionate about and know what you want to get out of it.
This post was written by Jeremy Levine the Founder of StarStreet – The Sports Stock Market.