Introducing the Hitchhiker’s Guide to New York City Tech

View from Seed

New York City is a dream but can also be a navigational nightmare, equal parts crammed circus and rat race mixed at warp speed. This holds for the city’s tech sector. In order to provide more transparent access and information, today we’re excited to launch the Hitchhiker’s Guide to New York City Tech. The New York Tech Alliance is the largest and most significant organization that our ecosystem has ever had.

New York City Tech Podcast: Eli Bronner, Growth at AngelList

View from Seed

New tech ecosystems often benefit from entrepreneurs who will dive in blind and figure out their direction along the way. In 2010, Eli Bronner and his Lua Technologies co-founders were this exact profile of entrepreneurs, and New York City was an exuberant tech ecosystem without much structure or identity. So what happens when a rookie founding team collides with an adolescent startup city?


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How to find space for your start-up in New York City

Our Own Start-up

Here’s a quick guide to help you find the right place for your start-up in New York City. Startups Best Office Space find space for your start-up Find The Best Office Space office space at an affordable rate office space in New York City start-up in New York City startup space in New York City

Amazon “Swipes Left” On New York City


Today, Amazon announced it will entirely abandon its plans to build its second headquarters (a/k/a “HQ2”) in Long Island City, a residential neighborhood in the borough of Queens, New York City. So, here is my attempt to do that — for the record, I believe NYC made a huge mistake, but also that Amazon should’ve picked a different (and smaller) city to begin with. NYC’s loss is now another city’s gain. Start spreading the news, indeed.

How to build an affordable bike rental business in New York City

Our Own Start-up

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StartUps in New York City – How to Succeed

The Startup Magazine

While startups will have an uphill battle no matter where they set down roots, there are some cities where competition can be a bit fiercer, such as New York City. Living in the City. Living in the city, even if it’s just on a temporary basis, is well worth looking into as you will always be close by for client meetings, popping in and out of the office, and it can help you to network even more. Entrepreneurs are a very unique group of individuals.

What are the best New York City events to attend to meet VC’s and Angel investors?


Although there are many, many excellent events each week in New York that it would make sense for a startup entrepreneur to attend (see Gary’s Guide, Startup Digest, or This Week in NY Innovation), the truth is that (a) VCs and serious investors don’t go to most of them, and (b) the odds are slim that even if you and the investor were at the same event, you will have the opportunity or time to do more than say hello. The New York Angels Education Meetup.

10 coworking spaces in New York City that make regular offices feel like medieval torture

The Next Web

The rise in coworking spaces in New York City, and other tech hub cities around the world, has left more people yearning for work environments that are open, collaborative, inspiring and stimulating. A lot has changed since Courtney Boyd Myers authored a popular post here on TNW called The 5 Coolest Coworking Spaces in New York City.

5 Reasons You Should Be Using Coworking Spaces In New York City


There’s no getting around the fact that New York City is one of the most expensive places in the world to rent an office. For many years, people have tried to invent new types of work environment. Yet, there’s good reason for this. It is also one of the most desirable and, if you make the right moves, it can be hugely profitable too. The bad news is that it can be very difficult for small businesses, with tight budgets, to get their start here.

The real entrepreneurs of New York City

Startup Lessons Learned

While I was in New York, I had another opportunity to witness this firsthand, and I wanted to share the results with you. Brant: Interesting idea that would only work in a limited number of cities. Leaped to a new idea and accomplished an incredible amount of market validation, as well as overcoming technical risk, in the last few hours of the competition. The Lean Startup Machine looks a lot like reality television for startups.

48in48 New York City 2016 in photos

Jeff Hilimire

We pulled off 48in48 in a city outside of Atlanta. To be able to pull off New York City helped us realize that our BIG long-term goal, to run the event in 48 cities worldwide over the same weekend, is that much more achievable (granted, we have a lot of work left to do, but still.). I thought I’d do the same for the New York event. Our sponsors, especially Delta Air Lines , helped us get to New York City! We did it!

RISE Expanding to New York City

Austin Startup

Events New York City RISEIf you’ve been a part of the entrepreneurial scene in Austin at all, you’ve probably been part of a RISE event. The Relationship and Information Series for Entrepreneurs (RISE) has brought together thousands of entrepreneurs over the past five years to come together and share information and knowledge at their annual event in Austin. They keynote speakers have been tremendous, including Roy Spence and Red McCombs.

Women 2.0's Founder Labs Expands to New York City


Moreover, the program will expand from its current San Francisco location to New York City, with the first east coast program set to begin in May. Founder Labs boasts a great list of mentors and guest speakers, and the expansion to New York will add to that. Women 2.0 announced today that, thanks to its success, its Founder Labs pre-incubator program will become its own, separate organization.

What are the advantages of stationing your startup in New York City opposed to Silicon Valley / SF?


A city that from the Mayor on down is devoted to helping the tech startup community expand exponentially. The world’s fastest growing tech startup ecosystem. A much more tightly knit startup community, compared to the larger but more diffuse West Coast community. Access to many, many more world market centers (advertising, finance, fashion, media, food, etc.). The world’s largest Tech Meetup (not to mention itself).

Innovating in New York City


Innovating in New York City Last week I wrote about speaking at the NYC Lean Startup Meetup. One of my other key takeaways from this, which I've known for a while and have been meaning to blog about, is just how vibrant the tech startup community is here in New York. Like most things, New York City is such a massive and diverse place that it's easy to "get lost in the crowd," and there's a lot going on.

When New York City comes together for the Marathon #ingnycm

This is going to be BIG.

Literally, the whole city was watching--across so many different communities, both local and international. Once I got through the Bronx and back into the city, I was in one foot in front of the other mode, chanting "Forward" to myself as I mentally did the math on how fast I needed to go to still make four hours. Well, thank you, New York.

Founders Interview: Digital Marketing Turning Brands into Icons – UKONIK

The Startup Magazine

UKONIK is a New York City-based brand-new and privately-held company entering the digital marketing and advertising industry by supporting businesses’ adaptation to digital reality. Luisa pivoted to this new business after establishing herself as the first U.S.

Thinking About the Next Chief Digital Officer of New York City

This is going to be BIG.

When a new CEO for a company is hired, you might change out a few people, but you wouldn''t replace all the key folks. You wouldn''t hire a new GM and just immediately get rid of your All-Star players. Sterne will work closely with the City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications as well as with individual City agencies and stakeholders to ensure consistency and accessibility of information.

A List of Top Hotels to Visit While on Business Travel

The Startup Magazine

This hotel is in New York City. If you have some businesses to attend to in the city, this hotel offers the perfect ambiance for the traveling entrepreneur. It is among the top business travel hotels in this city for any budding business traveler.

Founder Series: 5 Steps for Turning Your Passion into a Business

The Startup Magazine

These feelings are the foundation on which Rent-A-Christmas—the only Christmas tree rental and Christmas decorating service to deploy fully-costumed elves in setting up Christmas displays—was born in New York City.

Export Online Without Frontiers: A Global Map of B2B Marketplaces

The Startup Magazine

Founded in New York City in 2012, Kinnek bases its business model on quality over quantity. While we cannot wait to return to our usual habits, including flying abroad in search of business opportunities and new contacts, there is no reason to pause your business expansion.

Public Hospital Modern Woes – Aging Infrastructure, Unions, Pensions, High Regulation. 

The Startup Magazine

From California, to Illinois, and New York many of the largest U.S. Some of the country’s greatest cities are on the brink of calamity. Second, the Board can usually avoid a public vote or referendum by leasing to a new partner, something politicians fear.

A List of Top Hotels to Visit While on Business Travel

The Startup Magazine

This hotel is in New York City. If you have some businesses to attend to in the city, this hotel offers the perfect ambiance for the traveling entrepreneur. It is among the top business travel hotels in this city for any budding business traveler.

Girlfluence To Harness Women Power Online Using Video


Founded within Manhattan’s Silicon Alley – which is seeing an explosion of entrepreneurship in the digital space - New York City-based Girlfluence aims to gather the support of and speak to the new generation of female entrepreneurs, influencers and consumers and thereby harnessing and nurturing female empowerment. Ideaspotting creative agency digital marketing Girlfluence influencer marketing New York City Online marketing video

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Top 3 Startup Winner: Happenstance

The Startup Magazine

Our app incorporates location-based technology to tag our stories to places in the city. In the summer of 2015, our co-founder/managing editor, Stephanie Choporis, was a graduate student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and tasked with the following assignment: develop an idea for a new media product. She and her fellow classmates polled Chicago residents and learned that nearly 70 percent were interested in learning more about the city.

A Story About a Startup Founded by an Immigrant

The Startup Magazine

While there are numerous challenges that come with starting a company ranging from raising capital, spreading the word about a new idea, and finding potential partners, all of these challenges are more difficult for someone who comes to this country as an immigrant entrepreneur.

Bucket List Corporate Travel Destinations: 5 Places Your Employees Won’t Want to Miss

The Startup Magazine

Few cities can offer anything close to the majesty of Rome — or Roma as the locals call it. Complete with incredible ancient monuments and modern marvels, the city of Rome both fascinates and excites with the depth of culture on offer. New York City.

Dean Vagnozzi on Commercial Real Estate Market Trends & Advice for Newcomers

The Startup Magazine

A perfect example of this is the American Dream Mall, which just opened in NJ, and the Nike’s new flagship store in New York City. Tips for New Entrants in CRE.

Five common misconceptions about building a startup in New York City

This is going to be BIG.

It’s really difficult for me not to get into the thick of discussions about whether or not you can and/or should build a company in New York City. I’m extremely passionate about the topic and so when my city gets picked on, I tend to respond confidently and with the same (and sometimes greater) force than I perceive the complaint to have. My company was not well executed enough to achieve venture capital financing—and that wasn’t the city’s fault, it was mine.

How the New York City innovation community can still lose (and what you can do about it)

This is going to be BIG.

I remember hearing that a New York City venture fund was raising money in 2004 and almost skipping the meeting, because New York wasn’t a viable place to deploy that much capital—it was a small blip in the past. I've heard that most new angels make 70% of their lifetime investments within the first year of starting to invest--i.e. There isn’t a single person in the NYC that is more excited than I am about how far we’ve come.

5 Important Things to Consider in a Startup Location

The Startup Magazine

If you’re feeling a little pinched for space, or your startup is rapidly expanding, it’s time to find a new startup location. You may be tempted to join other startups in trendy location like the central business hub of Dubai or downtown New York City in the United States, but just because a city is populated and diverse doesn’t mean it’s the right home for your startup. Here are a few things you should consider before you open up shop in a new location.

Get the Most Startup Funding Using Your Home Equity

The Startup Magazine

For any Residential real estate appraisal , any given house is not as simple as might seem to be at a glance, particularly in diverse markets such as New York City. It is always better to have a one page ready reference for all these above points handy for negotiations for the benefit of New York City property appraiser , before refinancing or purchasing any property.

The Impact Of Rising Inflation On Small Businesses


It’s a fine line of raising prices, and swapping out material people are looking for and bringing in new product at price points they find favorable. Advice For The Young At Heart business advice entrepreneur New York City retail business retail industry Rohan Duggalby Rohan Duggal, owner of Columbia Wine Company. The Year of 2018 has been like a different animal from a retailer’s prospective. It’s something I have never experienced before.

Founder Interview: Felix Shipkevich and the Disruption in LegalTech

The Startup Magazine

Here is more of his story in his own words: TSM: Describe the Hotspot Law product in 10 words or less: A new platform providing consumers free consultations with local attorneys. Local firms no longer want to be a “best kept secret” The new era of legaltech is making the process of reaching new clients easier and faster than ever before. Lawyers I knew, who were great at what they did, struggled to make ends meet and gain new cases.

Founder Insights: Strategies for a Successful Startup

The Startup Magazine

Starting a new venture is exciting, but it can also be challenging: how do you go from having an idea to a successful business? Our latest venture is a new web platform and app that quickly and easily connects consumers and attorneys for common legal concerns—from divorce and bankruptcy, to personal injury and immigration—called Hotspot Law. With 182,296 active lawyers in New York, the densest state for lawyers in the country, and with a national 14.5%

FHA Loans – How Government Loan Programs Work

The Startup Magazine

They provide the ability for borrowers to loan for luxury markets and areas such as New York City and some areas of California where home prices are very high. Finance agriculture California conventional loan credit score Federal Housing Administration Government home loan income Interest rate lender mortgage mortgage insurance premium New York City payments Risk startup capital USDA USDA Loan

Open Angel Forum and The Amazing Disappearing Funding Gap in New York City

This is going to be BIG.

About a year and a half ago, I wrote that New York needed more dedicated early stage capital. First Round Capital makes 11 new investments in NYC, hires me to be here fulltime, and announces a new NYC office in Union Square. Roger Ehrenberg is announces a new $25 million fund. Let’s look back at what has happened since the beginning of August ‘08… Betaworks raises more than $10 million in September ‘08.

Funding goes global: location is no longer your financing destiny

Version One Ventures

What does this new dynamic mean for today’s start-up seeking funding? News Albert Wenger canada marketplaces New York City Point NIne Capital San Francisco Silicon Valley Software as a service Union Square Venture venture capital version one ventures If we look back ten years, the venture world was quite different. Investors weren’t too keen on investing out of town.

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Stray Boots Launches Mobile Guided Urban Scavenger Game Around NYC


Well yeah, they’re about to be made obsolete if New York City-based mobile game startup Stray Boots had its way. The startup recently announced an iPhone application that allows New Yorkers and visitors alike to discover the city through a fun, interactive game using their mobile phones. Ideaspotting game app guided tour mobile app New York City Stray Boots travel app

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Simply Awesome Leadership in Computer Science Education

Feld Thoughts

In it Fred announced a new initiative in New York City called The Academy For Software Engineering. If successful, it will have a profound impact on computer science education in the New York public high school system. Computer Science Education codestars computer science education fred wilson NCWIT new york city software academyI woke up this morning to a post from Fred Wilson titled The Academy For Software Engineering.

The Best Places Worldwide to Start Your High-Growth Startup

Up and Running

Rather than focusing on the cities that have less expensive labor and best overall business growth (as I did in my recent article on the 10 best U.S. cities to start a business in for 2016 ), you will need to focus more on access to angel and venture capital funding, business incubators and accelerators, and a climate that is supportive of startups. To determine which cities made the cut, I turned to Compass’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report for 2015. Up New York City.

Sick Leave for Your Employees: Why it Matters

crowdSPRING Blog

Beginning next month businesses in New York City that have 20 or more employees will be required to provide a minimum of 5 paid sick days for those workers every year. According to a new survey from , a strong majority of the American public believes that paid sick leave protects workers from being fired if they need to take time off when they are sick or if a child or spouse becomes sick. Small business Start ups new york city sick leave

The New York Times still does not get it

deal architect

New York City is home. In 2006, I asked the question "Is the media biased?" I wrote "No this is not about being liberal or conservative. This is about how little MSM covers business technology as against consumer oriented technology. Industry Commentary