Stanford’s SSE Labs Creating Entrepreneurial Buzz In Silicon Valley

Y Combinator is considered by many as Silicon Valley’s elite start-up school, offering selected entrepreneurs a three-month crash course to help them build companies and raise capital.

But about a five-mile drive up El Camino, on the third floor of AOL’s offices in Palo Alto, Calif., another start-up accelerator is emerging as a clubhouse of choice for some talented young entrepreneurs.

Only about a year-and-a-half old, SSE Labs is drawing the attention of heavy-hitting investors in part because of its direct ties to Stanford University, nesting ground to Cisco Systems Inc., Google Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and other giant Silicon Valley tech companies.

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