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
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“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
What Defines An Ecosystem?
‣ Service Providers
Common Startup Misconceptions:
‣ 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.
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.
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 in NYC coding classes — 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
Blog & Online Resources:
Accelerators & Incubators:
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