Rockstart Founder Oscar Kneppers is considered a successful serial entrepreneur and a celebrated internet publisher, launching several cross-media brands since 1998 –all focused on new media and technology. After selling his media businesses in 2002 and 2008, Oscar founded Rockstart in 2011.
Oscar started his career with the Dutch publisher IDG (1991). At IDG he created the first Dutch internet magazine ‘Net Magazine’ (1994) and a successful technology channel Webwereld (1995). In 1998 Oscar started his first business and launched Emerce, a magazine and website on e-business, marketing and technology. Emerce -sold in 2002- is still considered the most prominent Internet and e-commerce mediabrand in the Netherlands. In 2005 Kneppers launched Bright, a cross-media title for digital lifestyle, creative design and innovative technology. In December 2007 Kneppers launched Bright.TV, an online video channel on Tech, Style and Design. In May 2008 Oscar sold Bright to Dutch publisher NDC|VBK.
Over the years Oscars companies won several awards. In 2006 Bright won the Dutch Bloggie for best starter. In 2007 Kneppers won the title ‘Most Innovative Publisher‘ at the National Publishers Congres. Rockstart was awarded ‘Best Investor’ at the Dutch Startup Awards 2012 & 2013.
Oscar is married, has two children and lives in Amsterdam. Oscar is a licensed Level-1 Kundalini Yoga Teacher and teaches 3 classes a week, among which Startup Yoga on thursdays at Rockstart.