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May 13, 2015 8:36 pm

ApprenNet CEO Rachel Jacobs dead in Amtrak derailment

Jacobs had just started her job as CEO last month and was planning a move to Philly.

The ApprenNet team. CEO Rachel Jacobs is at bottom center.

(Courtesy photo)

Rachel Jacobs had just started a new job.

Jacobs, 39, became CEO of edtech startup ApprenNet last month. It was a major move for the company, which had long been helmed by Drexel law professor Karl Okamoto.

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Rachel Jacobs. (Courtesy photo)

The Detroit native and mother of a young son died following the Tuesday night derailment of Amtrak Train 188, the New York Times reported Wednesday evening. The Port Richmond crash has claimed the lives of at least six others.

“This is an unthinkable tragedy,” Jacobs’ family wrote in a statement. “Rachel was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. She was devoted to her family, her community and the pursuit of social justice. We cannot imagine life without her. We respectfully ask for privacy so that we can begin the process of grieving.”

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Jacobs had been among the missing following Tuesday night’s crash. ApprenNet COO Emily Foote and her colleagues spent Wednesday searching for Jacobs.

Jacobs lived in New York City but planned to move to Philadelphia to join the rest of the seven-person team as soon as she got the company to a point where it made sense for her to move, she told Technical.ly Philly in an interview last month.

She traveled between Philly and New York twice a week to work with the ApprenNet team, which splits its time working remotely and at the Innovation Center @ 3401.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes became Technical.ly's editorial product lead after reporting on the Philadelphia tech scene for four years. She's co-president of the Asian American Journalists Association Philadelphia chapter and a two-time Philadelphia News Award winner for "Community Reporting of the Year." The Bryn Mawr College grad lives in West Philly, likes her food spicy and wears jumpsuits often.

  • Small Biz Philly

    She will be sourly missed. A great example of what an #entrepreneur should be: caring and loving and always wanting to give back to the community. Let’s continue to keep her and her family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Small Biz Philly

    My tribute to Rachel Jacobs: http://smallbizphilly.com/?p=50

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