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New York City is an entrepreneurial enterprise...

The city has played upstart accelerator to the likes of Alexander Hamilton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Billie Holiday, Jonas Salk, and Biggie Smalls. International industries of today were little more than a few storefronts when conceived in Gotham. For 220 years, the world financial center has been in New York City, where it was first imagined.

Over the past 10 years, a vivacious technology ecosystem has emerged as a next great entrepreneurial chapter in New York’s storied history. Founders, academic institutions, technology companies large and small, accelerators, venture firms, and future thinkers have shaped New York into a powerful, profound startup city.

With this guide, we hope to provide the beginnings of a map for getting into and navigating the people and places that are building NYC Tech. As ardent believers in open-source, we present the Hitchhiker’s guide as a mere starting point. We seek submission in every section below in order to stay fresh and present a full and thorough picture of the participants in our ecosystem.

YOUR HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY TECH. 

Scroll down to keep exploring and use the navigation bar to jump sections anytime!

This guide was created by Tim Devane, NextView’s New York Principal

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With help from Spencer Sherman, Katherine Beherec, Jay Acunzo, and the NextView portfolio companies based in New York including Code Climate, Dia & Co., Emissary, Paintzen, Timber, Triplelift, Troops, The Outline and a few other that we can’t announce yet!


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The five boroughs are home to startups, large tech companies, investors, local press, schools and every other type of firm, business, or place that lends itself to making New York a technology hub. Below is an interactive map that you can explore to see where different parts of our ecosystem are located throughout the city. After the map, you’ll see the names and logos that highlight NYTech. These groups are just a first attempt, please submit more through the link at the end of section.

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Double click into the map and use the + and keys to zoom in and out. Click the categories in the legend on the right to see the locations of all the places in each category. You can view categories together or click and view just one, each category is identified by a specific icon and color on the map.

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 Private, public or post-acquisition, the companies below make up the foundation of the New York City startup ecosystem: our hometown heroes. More companies are joining this list every year.

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As the epicenter of the advertising and financial sectors and boasting an enormous, well-educated workforce diverse in discipline and background, New York City offers myriad benefits to the largest internet and software companies in the world. The majority of the companies listed below have large offices in New York or are headquartered here:

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New York City is flush with traditional and cutting edge media outlets that cover the New York City startup ecosystem under the larger ‘Technology’ umbrella that includes national and international coverage. Listed below are sites or site sections that focus entirely on local tech news media in the five boroughs.

AlleyWatch is the local newswire for New York City Tech, like the Associated Press. The site has standardized funding and launch announcements with a growing mix of opinion and sector analysis.

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Digital.NYC is a hub for all things NYTech: news, events, classes, job-posting, and ecosystem statistics. The site is the result of a public-private partnership between IBM, Gust, The Mayor's Office, the NYC Economic Development Corp. amongst other NYC startups and media companies.

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Formerly known as the stand alone site BetaBeat, the New York Observer's Innovation section focuses primarily on news, editorial and opinion pieces on New York Tech.

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The Technology section of Crain's New York Business does a great job of wall-to-wall coverage in NYC technology and media startups on the site, supplemented by a weekly Digital NY newsletter.

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The outlets below represent a variety of New York-centric information, from comprehensive events lists curated by the hour to homegrown newsletters about a specific sector from a local firm or company.

Curated lists of NYC Tech events, classes, jobs, deals, and spaces. Gary’s Guide is always up to date and a good resource for planning ahead. There is also a weekly newsletter.

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Run by Joselin Mane, the site offers a comprehensive events calendar and other information about networking in Boston. Be sure to follow @BostonTweetup on Twitter.

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TCN brings together the area’s largest active community of investors and startup experts to provide founders with education and mentoring to navigate the fundraising process.

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NextView Ventures owns a growing library of resources dedicated to challenges facing early-stage startup founders and teams, including guides, advice columns, startup stories, and a podcast.

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Created by Dave Gerhardt as a podcast, Tech in Boston expanded in 2016 to include a curated list of articles written by Boston’s tech community on Medium.

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Brooklyn Bridge’s Charlie O’Donnell curates a weekly newsletter of local events.

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Database and clearinghouse for city-wide events for entrepreneurs, maintained by the NYC EDC.

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New York has been at the forefront of the podcast’s rise – the city plays host to shows ranging across the spectrum of technology and entrepreneurship. Conversational series led by experts in a particular space mesh with narrative shows about startup life and countless contrarian or quizzical explorations of the strange corners and meandering alleyways of technology abound.

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Learning across disciplines via non-traditional mediums has become emblematic of the do-it-all, on-the-go attitude of the entrepreneurial set in New York. Accordingly,  organizations have emerged to serve the immediate desire for immersive, vocational education that can be acquired while still working full-time.

Located in the Financial District, Dev Bootcamp pioneered the condensed, immersive web development program. The now a 19-week session covers core coding languages including Ruby, Java, HTML, CSS as well as agile and pair development and review.

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Flatiron School has become a NYC dev program institution with part-time and full-time courses at their Manhattan campus as well as a full curriculum of online development courses.

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Now a 14 campus global brand, General Assembly’s flagship campus and original HQ is located in Flatiron, split between two buildings across the street from each other. GA offers courses in everything from startup account to mobile development and data science.

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Co-organized by faculty at NYU and Columbia, hackNY consists of the hackNY Fellows Program and hackNY Student Hackathons, both aimed at fostering new generations of hackers in New York City.

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This national organization and program that teaches computer science to 6th-12th grade girls was founded in NYC.

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Local 501(c) non-profit providing development courses, mentorship, and support to low-opportunity students focused on the field of technology.

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Another original chapter of an organization that has since expanded, this program helps train and support startup CEOs.

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With a focus on small classes and supportive instructors, New York Code+Design offers part-time and full-time courses to build a digital skill set.

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Several of Boston’s companies offer apprenticeships, mainly in product development, design, and UX. Two popular programs include Fresh Tilled Soil’s Apprentice in UX Design and Thoughtbot’s Apprentice.io.

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Traditional educational institutions maintain as the local bedrock of entrepreneurial restocking each year across the city. Centuries old undergraduate and graduate programs combine with specialized or vocational degrees to give New York an evergreen pool of future founders and operators.

Cornell University’s forthcoming technology-focused graduate and research school located on Roosevelt Island has been operational for specific classes such as iOS development out of the Google NYC office since 2012.

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Twitter is your best weapon for approaching the New York ecosystem – you may well find the best local events and content via tweet recommendation. By participating directly in conversations with others in the industry, you can fast-track your entrance and find that the warmest introduction may come from a poignant, well-placed 140 characters. Below, we’ve scratched the surface of NYC tech individuals who are active on Twitter and broken them out into a few categories. Not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive, this is a thumb in the air starting point NYC twitter follows.

DISCLAIMER:

In case you were tempted to read into the list as a ranking — it’s not!

This is intended to help people find local tech individuals who are active on Twitter and its just a starting point. We reviewed Total Tweets, Tweet Frequency, and Tweet Recency in recommending people that engage on the platform.

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New York tech mirrors the breakneck pace and competitive strain of the rest of the city. However, the majority of the people who work in this ecosystem are exceptionally generous with their time, especially for those seeking advice and support. The events, groups, and coffee shops below should give anyone seeking tech happenings, with tech people, and tech caffeine answers to all of the above.

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East & Greenwich Village  Visit>>
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Nomad  Visit>>
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Varied in their models, term length, and sector specificity, these organizations have seeded the New York ecosystem with classes of local entrepreneurs who’ve received the benefit of office space, advice, introductions, support, and capital.

TechStars is one of the top accelerators in the world. Its Boston chapter is led by investor Semyon Dukach, who gained early recognition as a student leading the famous MIT blackjack team. TechStars Boston companies (71 as of April 2014) have gone on to raise more than $153 million in funding.

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a fourteen week program operating from a co-working space in Chelsea

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Coworking spaces have saturated every vacant factory building and trendy loft in the five boroughs. Below is a sampling of some of the unique and well-regarded spaces in and around the city.

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These firms specialize their offerings for early-stage startups. From legal and accounting to design and branding, entrepreneurs can find the additive services they need most when starting a company in New York City.

Fast Forward Labs : Data Analysis
Derris & Company : Brand, PR
Underdog : Hiring
Makerbase : Resources, Hiring
Pivotal Labs : Development
Partners & Spade : Brand, PR
Gin Lane : Brand, Design
Red Antler : Brand, Design
Marks Paneth : Accounting
Square 1 Bank : Banking, Financing
Silicon Valley Bank : Banking, Financing
Lowenstein Sandler : Legal
Simple Labs : Design
Simple Fractal : Development
AngelList : Hiring
Priori Legal : Lawyer Database
Drive Thru : Branding
Kruze : Accounting, Taxes
Prime Studio: Design
Carbon Five: Product Development
Code and Theory: Development and Design
Vettery: Hiring

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New York City is home to a roster of engaged and active venture funds at every stage of private financing from angel groups to growth stage only firms. Some of New York’s notable funds organized by stage are listed below:

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