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This all encompassing guide to NYC tech will reveal just how large and diverse NYC tech community has become and why it's has become a true digital leader and pioneer. To provide a complete picture of the landscape I've included many topics including trends, startups by sector, angel and venture investors, service providers, educational institutions, strategic partners, news and information, community, and many more. My goal of this guide is to raise awareness of the NYC tech ecosystem and help newcomers and veterans navigate the ever changing landscape here. Any and all feedback is welcome so feel free to email me at schlaf55@gmail.com and I'll do my best to incorporate your suggestions. Thank you.

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The Guide to NYC Tech

  1. INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK CITY TECH COMMUNITY RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY Steve Schlafman (@schlaf) Principal RRE Ventures Published: December 8nd 2013
  2. 1 “You can resist an invading army; you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” -Victor Hugo RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY
  3. 2 BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY
  4. 3 HOME TO BIG INDUSTRIES RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Global Trade Textiles & Fashion Advertising Law Modern Finance Modern Real Estate
  5. 4 A NEW ERA IS HERE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY
  6. NYC TECH UNCOVERED RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • Welcome………………07 • Ecosystem…………….10 • Macro Trends………….11 • Startups………………..20 • Investors……………….33 • Places………………….43 • NYC Gov………………50 • Education………...……56 • Service Providers……..60 • Big Companies………..70 • News & Community…..79 • Tips & Advice………..100 • Final thought…..…….104 5
  7. • I do not know everything about NYC tech • I did not purposefully make omissions • I could not include every person and biz • I am not an academic or graphic designer DISCLAIMERS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 6
  8. ABOUT ME RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • Principal, RRE Ventures • Raised in Boston but love NYC • @schlaf • schlafnotes.tumblr.com • linkedin.com/in/schlaf • My values: Responsive, transparent, honest / candid, consistent, hard working, modest 7
  9. 8 WHY I LOVE NYC TECH RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY How is it possible for a Bostonian to deeply love this community? • Welcoming: People new to tech can integrate quickly • Collaborative: Continuous sharing of ideas, networks, deals, etc. • Open: The community is accessible via Meetups, Twitter, and blogs • Meritocracy: Great ideas, execution and hustle leads to progress • Diverse: Many large industries in town but tech touches every one • Innovative: Advancements from corporations, startups and makers • Family: My friends here are from work, Twitter and events • Driven: 24x7 work ethic to build something meaningful and valuable
  10. RRE VENTURES • Established 1994 • Most active early stage firm in NYC for nearly two decades • Stages: Seed, Series A, Series B • Sectors: SAAS, Fin Tech, Commerce / Marketplaces, Consumer Mobile Services, Hardware, Ad Tech • Mix of investing and operational expertise • Support platform with unique access to Fortune 500 RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Stuart Ellman James Robinson James Robinson III Will Porteous Eric Wiesen Adam Ludwin Tom Loverro Steve Schlafman 9
  11. THE NYC ECOSYSTEM RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 10 Startups + Founders Partners (Biz Dev, M&A) 1. Tech Platforms 2. Ad Agencies 3. Media Companies 4. Fashion & Retail 5. Investment Banks 6. Music Labels 7. Sports Leagues 8. CPG Conglomerates Talent 1. Engineers 2. Designers 3. Business Operators 4. Generalists Beneficiaries 1. Consumers / Users 2. Corporations / CTOs 3. Small Businesses 4. Limited Partners Resource Providers 1. Financial Capital -Angels -Accelerators -VCs -Crowdfunding 2. Education -Universities -Tech Education 3. Professional Services -Legal -Accounting -Development -Design -Real Estate -Recruiting -Public Relations Environmental: 1. NY State and NYC Government, 2. Global, Domestic and Regional Market Conditions, 3. City Infrastructure, 4. Culture & Social Fabric Community 1. News & Information 2. Meetups / Events 3. Twitter / Blogosphere 4. Landmarks & Hangouts
  12. THE BIG PICTURE MACRO TRENDS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 11
  13. $8B INVESTED IN 1,205 DEALS SINCE ‘09 RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 12 Source: New York Venture Capital Almanac Fall 2013 by Orrick, SVB, CB Insights
  14. DOLLAR SHARE BY STAGE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Source: New York Venture Capital Almanac Fall 2013 by Orrick, SVB, CB Insights 13
  15. DEAL VOLUME BY STAGE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 14 Source: New York Venture Capital Almanac Fall 2013 by Orrick, SVB, CB Insights
  16. 10 YEARS OF JOB GROWTH VS THE U.S. RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 15 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Mountain Economics LLC
  17. NYC JOB AND WAGE TRENDS 2007-2012 RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 16 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Mountain Economics LLC
  18. NYC SHARE OF US LABOR MARKET RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 17 Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Mountain Economics LLC
  19. EXIT ACTIVITY HAS PICKED UP RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 18 Source: New York Venture Capital Almanac Fall 2013 by Orrick, SVB, CB Insights
  20. NYC’S LARGEST EXITS SINCE 2009 RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY $1,100 $745 $570 $500 $494 $403 $400 $339 $315 $230 $- $200 $400 $600 $800 $1,000 $1,200 Tumblr Buddy Media Shutterstock Ascend Health Tremor Video Makerbot Admeld FX Alliance Huff Post Schoolnet 19 Source: New York Venture Capital Almanac Fall 2013 by Orrick, SVB, CB Insights
  21. THE CORE FOUNDERS & STARTUPS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 20
  22. Tech + [ ] …publishing …advertising …commerce …healthcare …finance …fashion …small business …education …mobile NYC STARTUPS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY NYC has 1. Entrepreneurial Culture (risk taking, overcoming adversity, 24x7 work ethic, creativity, innovation, competitive) 2. Engineering + Creative Talent (universities, large tech companies, agencies, design shops) 3. Billions in advertising spend 4. Proximity to capital (big banks, hedge funds, VCs, angels) 21
  23. • Content startups are still getting funded • SAAS and Health Tech appear to be the fastest growing categories in 2012 and 2013 • Hardware is the new category in 2013 and it is worth watching in 2014 • Ed Tech and Ad Tech seem to have cooled off a bit in 2013 • Commerce remains a core strength of NYC and shows no signs of slowing down • Social + consumer apps still a strength but not as “hot” as 2011 and 2012 GENERAL OBSERVATIONS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 22
  24. NOTABLE FOUNDERS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • Perry Chen, Kickstarter • John Borthwick, Betaworks • Ben Lerer, Thrillist • Scott Heiferman, Meetup • Chris Poole, 4chan • Brian O’Kelley, AppNexus • Mike Lazerow, Buddy Media • Arianna Huffington, Huff Po • Georg Petschnigg, FiftyThree • Jared & Steve, GroupMe • Dennis &Naveen, Foursquare • Katia and Hayley, Birchbox • Zach Smith, Codecademy • Bre Pettis, Makerbot • Joel Spolsky, StackEx • Jason Goldberg, Fab • Matt Meeker, Bark Co. • Neil Capel, Sailthru • David Karp, Tumblr • Dave & Neil, WarbyParker • Jonah Peretti, Buzzfeed • Raul Gutierrez, Tinybop • Barry Silbert, SecondMarket • Evan Korth, HackNY • Rachael Sklar, The List • Cyrus Massoumi, ZocDoc • David Eisenberg, Floored • Kevin Ryan, Gilt Groupe • Pierre Valadre, Sunrise • Nick Denton, Gawker • Tina Roth Eisenberg, SwissMiss • Lee Hoffman, Memoir • Ayah Bdeir, Littlebits • Zach Weinberg, Flatiron Health • Noah Brier, Percolate • Scott Belsky, Behance 23
  25. CONTENT RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 24
  26. COMMERCE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 25
  27. CONSUMER RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 26
  28. HARDWARE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 27
  29. ED TECH RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 28
  30. AD TECH RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 29
  31. B2B RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 30
  32. RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY FINTECH 31
  33. RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY HEALTH TECH 32
  34. THE MONEY ANGELS & VCs RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 33
  35. firstgrowthvn.com • 1251 Avenue of the Americas • No investment; no ownership % • One “vintage” per year • Exec Committee: Ed Zimmerman, Mark Kesslen and a dozen VCs dreamitventures.com • 555 8th Avenue • Up to $25,000; 6% common stock • One 3-month class: May 2014 • Partners: Mark Wachen, Michael Levinson, David Bookspan techstars.com • 36 Cooper Square • $118K, 6-10% common stock + optional note • Every 9 months: March 2014 • Partners: Alex Iskold, Nicole Glaros eranyc.com • 214 W 29th Street • $40,000; 8% common stock • Two 4-month classes: Jan & June 2014 • Partners: Murat Aktihanoglu, Jonathan Axelrod, Charlie Kemper ACCELERATORS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 34
  36. blueprinthealth.org • 483 Broadway • $20,000 cash, 6% common stock • Twice per year: winter / summer 2014 • Exec Committee: Brad Weinberg (MD), Mat Farkash nycseed.com • 137 Varick Street • $20,000, 5% common stock • Twice per year: winter / spring 2014 • Partners: Owen Davis, Brian Malkerson angelpad.org • Cooper Square • Not disclosed • First class slated for 2014 • Partners: Thomas Korte fintechinnovationlab.com • Location varies by class • No investment; no ownership % • One 12 week class each summer • Partners: Partnership Fund for NYC and many VCs ACCELERATORS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 35
  37. nytimes.com/timespace • 620 8th Avenue • No investment; no ownership % • One class per year: summer 2014 • Exec Committee: Geoffrey Isenman rgaaccelerator.com • 350 West 39th Street • $120K, ~6-10% common stock • First class: Jan 2014 • Partners: Calvin Chu kaplanedtechaccelerator. com • 395 Hudson Street • $20K, ~5% common stock • One class per year: Summer 2014 • Partners: Thomas Korte Others to Note: The Daily News Innovation Lab, Pearson Catalyst, Socratic Labs, Startl, Workbench, CFDA Incubator (Fashion), Pratt Design, Valuestream Labs, AccelFoods, Local Food Lab, NY Digital Health Accelerator, PILOT Health Tech NYC, Startup Health Academy, Welltech Funding ACCELERATORS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 36
  38. INCUBATORS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 37
  39. NOTABLE VCs + ANGELS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Angels • Gary Vanyerchuk • Esther Dyson • Mike Lazerow • Joanne Wilson • Kal Vepuri • David Lerner • Jerry Neuman • Jared Hecht • Scott Belsky • Josh Stylman Bain Ventures • Matt Harris Bessemer • Jeremy Levine • Bob Goodman Betaworks • Nick Chirls Bowery Capital • Mike Brown Bloomberg Beta • Karin Klein Box Group • David Tisch • Adam Rothenberg Brooklyn Bridge • Charlie O’Donnell Collaborative Fund • Craig Shapiro Firstmark Capital • Rick Heitzman • Amish Jani • Larry Lenihan First Round Capital • Howard Morgan • Chris Fralic • Phin Banes Flybridge • Matt Witheiler Founder Collective • Micah Rosenbloom Greycroft • Alan Patricof • Ian Sigalow • Bo Peabody Highline Venture Partners • Shana Fisher Highpeaks • Brad Svrluga • Ben Sun IA Ventures • Roger Ehrenberg Redswan • Andy Dunn • David Eisenberg RTP • Kirill Sheynkman Softbank • Jody Levy • Joe Medved Spark Capital • Mo Koyfman Lerer Ventures • Eric Hippeau • Ben & Ken Lerer Quotidian Ventures • Pedro Torres Picon • Rick Webb Thrive Capital • Josh Kushner Union Square Ventures • Fred Wilson • Andy Weissman Venrock • David Pakman 38
  40. SEED FUNDS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 39
  41. VC FUNDS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 40
  42. STRATEGIC VCs RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 41
  43. RECOMMENDED READS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY NYC • Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures: avc.com • Chris Dixon, A16Z: cdixon.org • Phin Barnes, First Round Capital: sneakerheadvc.com • Charlie O’Donnell, Brooklyn Bridge: thisisgoingtobebig.com • Jordan Cooper, Lerer Ventures: jordancooper.wordpress.com • Andy Weissman, Union Square Ventures: blog.aweissman.com • Albert Wegner, Union Square Ventures: Continuations.com • Roger Ehrenberg, IA Ventures: informationarbitrage.com Other • Mark Suster, Upfront: bothsidesofthetable.com • Hunter Walk, Homebrew: hunterwalk.com • Tom Tunguz, Redpoint: tomtunguz.com • David Skok, Matrix: forentrepreneurs.com 42
  44. THE LANDSCAPE OFFICES & HANGOUTS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 43
  45. Silicon Alley BETAWORKS MANY VCs GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOURSQUARE THRILLIST ZOCDOC TECHSTARS MORE VCs NYU AOL / FACEBOOK GOOGLE 44
  46. Brooklyn NAVY YARD 45 METRO TECH
  47. MADE IN NYC MAP RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://mappedinny.com/ 46
  48. STARTUP GENOME RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.startupgenome.co/ 47
  49. • City Bakery • Siggy’s Good Food • Kava Coffee • Ace Hotel • Brooklyn Roasters • Lure Fishbar • Eataly • Parm • Studiomates • Café Gitane • Shake Shack • Ground Support • Friend of a Farmer • Washington Sq. Park THE HANGOUTS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • The Grey Dog • Coffee Shop • Balthzar • La Colombe • Saturdays • Tom & Jerry’s • TBSP • Café Select • The Wren • Peels • Think Coffee • Wichcraft • Soho House • Joe Coffee 48
  50. NYC • WeWork Labs • Projective Space • Wix Lounge • Grind Spaces • Fueled Collective • New Work City • The Yard • In Good Company • Center for Social Innovation (CSI) • Friends of Ebay • Neuhouse Brooklyn • Studiomates • The Alley • Secret Clubhouse • NYU Poly Incubator • NYC Resistor Make Space COWORKING RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 49 Source: http://www.nycedc.com/service/incubators-workspaces
  51. THE GOVERNMENT KEY PLAYERS & POLICY RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 50
  52. NYC DIGITAL RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Michael Bloomberg Mayor Rachel Haot Chief Digital Officer Kyle Kimball NYCEDC 51 Bill De Blasio Mayor-elect De Blasio’s Tech Plan 1. Make NYC the most wired city in the world 2. Increase the pool of engineering talent available in NYC 3. Retool city government to become a modern enterprise 4. Improve STEM education 5. Advocate for immigration reform
  53. Source: NYC.gov under Bloomberg administration (2012) NYC DIGITAL ROADMAP* RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 52
  54. 53 NYC EDC RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.nycedc.com/
  55. 54 TAKE THE HELM RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.takethehelmnyc.com/
  56. 55 MADE IN NY RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY http://wearemadeinny.com/
  57. THE FUTURE EDUCATION & SCHOOLS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 56
  58. OLD SCHOOLS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY 57
  59. NEW SCHOOLS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY 58
  60. CORNELL TECHNION RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Timeline 2014: Initial groundbreaking 2017: Cornell Tech moves in 2037: Completion of all academic and campus buildings The Numbers 8 state of the art buildings 2.2m sq ft of new development $2B in private capital 2.5 acres of new public greenspace http://tech.cornell.edu/ 59
  61. THE HELPERS SERVICE & SUPPORT RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 60
  62. NON-PROFITS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 61 • Venture For America • Techies Give Back • Hack NY • Coder Dojo • Girl Develop It • Skill Crush • Girls Who Code • Coder Dojo • Coalition For Queens • Blue Ridge Foundation • Non-profit Tech Meetup • Data Kind • NY Tech Meetup
  63. NOTABLE AGENCIES RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • Black Rose • Charming Robot • Red Antler • Consigliere • Bureau Blank • Hard Candy Shell • Big Spaceship • Pentagram • Partners In Spade • Undercurrent • IDEO • Droga5 • Wolff Olins • R/GA • Night Agency 62
  64. DEVELOPMENT SHOPS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • Fueled • Happy Fun Corp • Firehawk Creative • Touchlab • NYC Dev Shop • Startup Giraffe • Elm City Labs • Sourcebits • Eastmedia • Apollomatrix • Pivotal Labs • Blue Whale • Two Toasters 63
  65. TALENT AGENCIES RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • William Morris • IMG • ICM • Roc Nation Sports • Creative Artists Agency • United Talent Agency • Ford Models 64
  66. PR FIRMS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • Small Girls PR • Brew Media Relations • Astersk PR • Horn Group • LaunchSquad • Bold PR • Full Picture • Mario Ruiz PR 65
  67. PROFESSIONAL SERVICE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY Accounting • Deloitte • KPMG • PWC • E&Y • WithumSmith • Schwartz & Co. • Eisner Amper • Marks Paneth Legal • Cooley • Lowenstein Sandler • Gunderson • Goodwin Procter • Wilson Sonsini • WilmerHale • DLA Piper • The Forefront Real Estate • CBRE • Newmark • Jones Lang LaSalle • Cassidy Turley • Jack Petrie 66
  68. DESIGN SERVICES RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY https://www.homepolish.com/ 67
  69. MERCHANDISE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY https://www.startupthreads.com/ 68
  70. SERVICES CONCIERGE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY http://fundedbuy.com/ 69
  71. THE BIG BOYS PUBLIC COMPANIES + STRATEGIC PARTNERS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 70
  72. PUBLIC TECH RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 71
  73. BIG MEDIA RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY 72
  74. MEDIA BUYING RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • OMD • Media Kitchen • Mediacom • Universal Mccann • Starcom Mediavest • phd • mec • Mindshare • Zenithmedia • MPG • Carat • Initiative 73
  75. FASHION + RETAIL RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 74
  76. BIG BANKS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY 75
  77. Music RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 76
  78. SPORTS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY 77
  79. PACKAGED GOODS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY 78
  80. THE PULSE INFO + COMMUNITY RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 79
  81. TECH NEWS + INFO RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 80 DESIGNER NEWS HACKER NEWS
  82. THE TECH BEAT RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Jordan Crook TechCrunch Erin Griffith PandoDaily Jordan Valinsky Betabeat Sam Biddle Gawker Alyson Shontell Business Insider Ben Popper The Verge Jenna Wortham NY Times Nitasha Tiku Gawker 81
  83. WE ARE NY TECH RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://wearenytech.com/ 82
  84. 83 INSIDE STARTUPS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.insidestartups.org/
  85. 84 CRUNCHBASE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.crunchbase.com/
  86. EVENT NEWSLETTERS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 85 This Is Going To Be Big Curator: Charlie O’Donnell Link: http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/ Gary’s Guide Curator: Gary Sharma Link http://www.garysguide.com/events
  87. JOB BOARDS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 86 Christina Cacioppo’s Job Board http://www.christinacacioppo.com/jobs Every VC’s website Gary’s Guide Link http://www.garysguide.com/events Inside Startups Link: http://www.insidestartups.org
  88. NY TECH MEET UP RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://nytm.org/ 87
  89. WOMEN IN TECH RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.meetup.com/NYTechWomen/ 88
  90. NYETM RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://nyetm.com/ 89
  91. DATADRIVEN RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.meetup.com/NYC-Data-Business-Meetup/ 90
  92. NYCVC RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://nycvc.org/ 91
  93. NYC HARDWARE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.meetup.com/NY-Hardware-Start-up/ 92
  94. ARTS ED TECH RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://www.artsedtechnyc.com/ 93
  95. CREATIVE MORNINGS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://creativemornings.com/ 94
  96. LIKEMIND RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://likemind.us/ 95
  97. STARTUP WEEKEND RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY http://startupweekend.org/ 96
  98. LEAN STARTUP MACHINE RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY https://www.leanstartupmachine.com/ 97
  99. AND DOZENS OF OTHER MEET UPS RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 98 https://www.meetup.com/
  100. CONFERENCES RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY • BrooklynBeta • TC Disrupt NYC • Business Insider Ignition • Social Media Week • The Feast • NYU ITP Spring Show • 99U by Behance • Uncubed NYC • Finnovate • ad:tech New York • APPNATION • Internet Week • Venture Crush 99
  101. THE ADVICE TIPS TO BREAK IN RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 100
  102. • What am I passionate about? • How can I make an impact? • What environments do I thrive in? • What part of the community best matches my passions and skills? • How do I best hone these skills and communicate them to others? • What companies excite me? • Who do I admire professionally and why? LOOK IN THE MIRROR RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Content by Sam Teller, Launchpad LA 101
  103. • Sign up for event newsletters • Attend meetups, happy hours, panels and classes • Learn how to code / design • Check out hackathons • Test and evangelize apps and products built in NYC • Get coffee with interesting people you meet • Be useful – make intros, give feedback, help people you meet, keep an open mind • Blog about your experiences and adventures • Engage on social media HOW TO GET INVOLVED RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Content by Sam Teller, Launchpad LA 102
  104. • Think everyone knows something you don’t • Be afraid to ask for help, guidance, and intros • Hesitate to offer whatever it is that you do best • Get discouraged DON’T RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY Content by Sam Teller, Launchpad LA 103
  105. ONE LAST THOUGHT RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 104
  106. The NYC Tech ecosystem is reshaping the city’s industrial footprint and economy. This shift is largely driven by the thousands of visionary founders that are taking risks and building products that actually serve the needs of people. The companies here have enabled us to express ourselves more creatively, save time at work, find places and people more easily, and do thousands of other things better. All this really matters because the community is helping to improve quality of life for millions of people both here and globally. RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECH COMMUNITY 105
  107. THANK YOU RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC TECHCOMMUNITY • Taylor Davidson, KBS+P • Haytham Elhawary, Zahn Center • Mat Farkash, Blueprint Health • Nicola Korzenko, Lerer Ventures • Dan Love, Columbia MBA • Tom Loverro, Kane Hsieh, RRE Ventures • Amrit Richmond, Collaborative Fund • Adam Rothenberg, The Box Group • Sam Teller, Launchpad LA 106
  108. HAVE FUN EXPLORING + GOOD LUCK RRE VENTURES | INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY Steve Schlafman (@schlaf) Principal RRE Ventures 107
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This all encompassing guide to NYC tech will reveal just how large and diverse NYC tech community has become and why it's has become a true digital leader and pioneer. To provide a complete picture of the landscape I've included many topics including trends, startups by sector, angel and venture investors, service providers, educational institutions, strategic partners, news and information, community, and many more. My goal of this guide is to raise awareness of the NYC tech ecosystem and help newcomers and veterans navigate the ever changing landscape here. Any and all feedback is welcome so feel free to email me at schlaf55@gmail.com and I'll do my best to incorporate your suggestions. Thank you.

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