Jul 16, 2019
Jacob Martinez is the founder of Digital NEST, an incubator for young tech talent in the farming towns of Watsonville and Salinas, California.
Its graduates make an average starting salary of more than $46,000. The average Watsonville resident makes about $17,000. NEST graduates have been hired not just by local companies but by multi-nationals like software maker Adobe, and the NEST has attracted donations from major venture capitalists.
As we hear in this interview with host Spencer Critchley, Jacob Martinez thinks the success of Digital NEST can be replicated in small towns up and down California, and maybe even across the country.