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在大学宿舍里创业的美国姑娘们

在大学宿舍里创业的美国姑娘们

Caitlin Keating 2012年10月10日
她们成功地在学业和创业之间找到了平衡点,在大学宿舍里就早早地展开了精彩的人生画卷。

社交网站MeetMe (前MyYearbook)

创始人:凯瑟琳•库克

年龄:22岁

学校:乔治城大学

毕业时间:2011年

    库克在上中学时转学到一个新校区,随后,就和她的哥哥冒出了一个想法,何不建立一个网站,方便人们(在网上)结交新朋友。Facebook将人们和熟人连结起来,MeetMe却把人们和陌生人联系在一起;它类似于一个约会网站,但没有罗曼蒂克色彩。想到这个点子是在2005年,当时库克只有15岁,等到进入乔治城大学(Georgetown University)就读时,她已经一手打造了myYearbook网站。2011年,就在库克毕业后,Quepasa Corporation以1亿美元收购了myYearbook。

    下一步?库克仍在为自己的公司(现已更名为MeetMe)工作,她喜欢办公室氛围。“常常我进到办公室,看到我所有的东西都被翻得乱七八糟,”她大笑着说。“我们喜欢在办公室里搞恶作剧。”创意环境让库克不断思考,现在她将大量的精力花在移动业务上,希望能打造一个平台,让人们能在地铁站台上或在星巴克(Starbucks)排队时彼此邂逅。

MeetMe (formerly MyYearbook)

Founder(s): Catherine Cook

Age: 22

School: Georgetown University

Graduation: 2011

    After a move to a new school district during their high school years, Cook and her brother were inspired to create a website that makes it easy to make new friends -- online. Facebook connects you with people you know while MeetMe connects you with people you have never met; it's similar to a dating website, sans romantic intentions. Though the idea was conceived in 2005—when Cook was she just 15—she nursed the site during her time at Georgetown University. In 2011, just after Cook's graduation, myYearbook was purchased by Quepasa Corporation for $100 million.

    Up next? Cook still works for her company, which has been rebranded MeetMe, and she loves the office environment. "It's fairly common that I'll come into my office and see all of my things flipped upside down," she laughs. "We like to play pranks in the office." The creative environment keeps Cook thinking. Working heavily on mobile, she hopes to build a platform that allows people to meet while standing on a subway platform—or waiting in line at Starbucks.

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