Introduction To The NYC Startup Community

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Whether you’re looking to found your own startup or wishing to become a part of a budding team, getting acquainted with the New York tech scene can be somewhat overwhelming. To help you navigate your way through this complex web (pun intended), we’ve put together a comprehensive guide full of resources NYC startup enthusiasts use regularly to stay connected, advice to keep in mind as you get started, and places you can go where everyone will know your name (removed for copyright infringement).

“A startup is not a smaller version of a large company. It’s a temporary organization designed to search for a scalable business model.” – Steve Blank

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AppNexus
Bitly
Etsy
Foursquare
Gilt
Kickstarter
MakerBot
OKCupid
Quirky
Thrillist
Tumblr
Warby Parker
* More extensive list can be found at Made In NY

What Defines An Ecosystem?

‣ Startups
‣ Investors
‣ Talent
‣ Mentors
‣ Partners
‣ Service Providers

Common Startup Misconceptions:

Common Roles:

‣ Front-End Developer (CSS,HTML)
‣ Back-End Developer (Ruby, Python, Java)
‣ UX/UI Designer (inDesign, Photoshop)
‣ Product Manager (Light Front-End Developer, Design)
‣ Business Development (Sales, Partnerships)
‣ Marketing/User Acquisition (Email Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Data Analytics)
‣ Data Scientist (Hadoop, Matlab, SQL)
‣ Sales (Willingness to find and follow leads)
‣ Community Management (Social Media)
‣ Operations (Customer Services, Office Management)
‣ Other roles depending on vertical education

Give back to the community.

Help other people achieve their goals and aspirations. Generate karma. Bring people together. Give back.

To a certain extent, we’re all in this together.

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Roll up your sleeves and learn new skills. Try your hand at building something — anything — and share it with people. Think about how to best position your abilities & interests.

Try to become a creator, not just a thinker.

What do you (really) want?

There’s no “one size fits all” experience in startup world. Think hard about what kinds of environments suit you.

Vertical, company size, team culture, role, time commitment, and product are just some of the factors to consider when pursuing opportunities.

It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

You will fail. Probably multiple times.

Don’t get discouraged though — this happens to everyone, and it’s what allows true innovation to happen.

All successful entrepreneurs have been through tough times… but they kept building, kept learning, and eventually found success.

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Get involved in the community.

‣ Sign up for events newsletters
‣ Attend meetups, happy hours, and demo days
‣ Take classes and workshops to develop your skills
‣ Learn how to code/design — and then create something
‣ Participate in hackathons and Startup Weekends
‣ Ask for help, guidance, advice, and introductions
‣ Take interesting people you meet out for coffee
‣ Give constructive feedback
‣ Make (useful) introductions to help people you meet
‣ Meet new people and develop personal (not just professional) relationships with them
‣ Blog about your experiences, adventures, and learnings
‣ Teach a class — find a way to share with others
‣ Bring new people from other industries into the fold
‣ Be open-minded to new approaches and new ideas

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The Muse
Made in NY Digital Map
Uncubed
GA Talent Fair
Rapportive
CoFoundersLab

Blog & Online Resources:

Chris Dixon
Fred Wilson
Mark Suster
Paul Graham’s Essays
Hacker News
Silicon Alley Insider
BetaBeat
TechCrunch
PandoDaily
Quora
Hackathon.io
General Assembly

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Startup Digest
Charlie O’Donnell
Gary’s Guide
General Assembly
Wakefield

Coworking Spaces:

WeWork
New Work City
Grind
The Yard
Hive @ 55
Projective Space
Green Desk
The Alley NYC
Green Spaces
Wix Lounge
Fueled Collective
Centre for Social Innovation

Accelerators & Incubators:

TechStars
DreamIt Ventures
NYC Seed
Blueprint Health

Notable Organizations:

New York Tech Meetup
We Are NY Tech
Hack NY
Internet Week
Social Media Week
Coalition for Queens
Raised By Us
NYC Economic Development Corp
NYC Digital
Made In NY

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