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Former RocketOz CEO will head Google Campus

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Jeffrey Lim

Google Korea announced on Tuesday that Jeffrey Lim, former CEO of social gaming company RocketOz, has been appointed head of Google’s up-and-coming start-up incubator campus.

Google Campus in Seoul, set to open next month in Daechi-dong in the heart of Gangnam, southern Seoul, will be the first of its kind in Asia for the world’s top search engine.

Google currently operates campuses in London and Tel Aviv.

With a master’s degree from Stanford University in management science and engineering, Lim has ample experience in the start-up industry both in Silicon Valley and Seoul.

After working at Bitfone Corporation and Softbank Ventures in Korea, he founded RocketOz in 2010.

The company was acquired last year by SundayToz, a leading mobile game developer best known for the game Anipang.

Google Campus Seoul will cater to Korean start-ups, providing mentoring, human resources exchange programs with other fledging companies overseas and PR opportunities, according to Lim.

One of the upcoming events scheduled there is the TechCrunch Pitch-Off on April 16. The competition will gives entrepreneurs 60 seconds to explain to the judges why their ideas or start-ups are the best.

“It is hoped the start-ups will form a community at Google Campus Seoul, exchange innovative ideas and seek chances for a foray into the global market,” Lim said.

Unlike other start-up programs, also known as angel investment, Google’s incubator will not demand equity shares in the start-ups.

BY SEO JI-EUN [seo.jieun@joongang.co.kr]

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