At A Glance
Like any great success story, it all started with an idea.
Rudiger J. Ellis (Rudy) generated the concept for Joicaster in August of 2013. Three months later, he took his idea and pitched the prototype product at an Orlando Techstars Startup Weekend. By February 2014, Josh Sachs and Jason Kotte joined Rudy, finalizing the Executive Team. One incubator (Starter Studio) and virtual accelerator (NewMe) later, we pitched Joicaster to more than four hundred people at Starter Studio’s Demo day in Orlando, FL. The following month, we live streamed Dick Clark Productions’ Streamy Awards show, which reached the masses on multiple YouTube and Myspace destinations.
The excitement didn’t stop there. In November of 2015, Joicaster was selected to join the 64th Techstars class. Techstars is a worldwide network that exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs, guiding them from inspiration to IPO. We went in as Joicaster and came out of the four month program rebranded as “Switchboard Live”. We are proud to be a Techstars backed company.
At this time, the power and potential of Switchboard Live caught the eyes of prospective investors and partners. Through their support, our company has gained great traction and is able to continue full - speed ahead on this incredible journey.
Since 2013, we’ve grown to a team of seven, with offices in Orlando, FL and Philadelphia, PA. We are grateful to have built relationships with many reputable and iconic companies who look to us to fill their live streaming needs. The Switchboard Live brand prides itself on maintaining a reputation for delivering world-class product and service solutions across a wide array of industries. Established since the start of the company, our core values focus on relationship, mutual respect, and excellence. By combining best in practice tools with the latest technology, the company seeks to reinvent the “how you do live” process.
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond.
Switchboard is a Techstars backed company.