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Fred Wilson, who wrote the foreword to Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community, has written about the book on his popular blog,  Read about it here

As of yesterday Tech and the City: The Making of New York’s Startup Community is out on Kindle at a special introductory price.  For less than a Grande Latte you can get what we think is a fun read and the basis of a conversation on the New York startup ecosystems that we would like to continue on this blog.

For those of you who are thinking of entrepreneurial ideas, wherever you may be, we hope this book can inspire you via the many stories of entrepreneurs who have gone off on their own and started companies.

And for those of you who plan to be entrepreneurs in New York, we hope this book can provide you with useful information and make starting a business in NYC a little less overwhelming.

Have a good read and thank you.


Many of you have been asking, so here’s a status: we decided to launch in Italy first, so the book came out yesterday March 7th (both paper and eBook) and we are following up with a book tour the next couple of weeks around Italy and Europe.

In the US, the Kindle edition of the book will come out first, very shortly, followed by the paper edition and all the other ebook formats in April.  A number of events are being planned for April.  Keep checking the blog for updates.

We are honored, thankful and overwhelmed by the initial interest, the outstanding reviews we have received so far in the European press, and are looking forward to be out in New York, the city that this book celebrates, very shortly.


A new ranking of U.S. metropolitan areas’ tech prowess has been released, and anoints Silicon Valley as No. 1 due to 226 acquisitions of privately held technology companies in 2012, followed by New York with 100!!



One way to orient oneself when coming from outside the US is to contact theDivision for International Business at the Mayor’s Office for International Affairslocated at the United Nations.

Other organizations that can help foreign entrepreneurs in New York are:VentureOutNYWorldWide Investor Network and NY Tech Meetup International

There are some organizations attached to the Chambers of Commerce of specific countries that do work on behalf of entrepreneurs.

Another resource working with international economic development agencies to help their nationals enter the US startup/tech scene is


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There are a variety of investors in New York, from angel investors to early-stage and later-stage venture capitalists. You can also apply to and be funded by one of the accelerator programs in NY.


Angel Investors

Angels are typically individual investors who invest on their own or as a group. The typical investment size is $25k-100k per individual. They typically invest in the seed round and sometimes participate in follow-on rounds of financing. When acting as a group, you can expect investments of $200K and up.

The New York Angels is the largest angel organization in New York, comprising over 100 active individual investors. There are other organized groups, such asGolden Seeds, focused on women entrepreneurs, and there are many individual investors as well.

The largest directory of organized angel investors (and seed funding groups) is maintained by Gust.


Seed/Early Stage Investors

Seed and early stage investors are groups investing funds in the early stages of a company’s life. They might invest in seed rounds (like the angels and often together with angels) and they invest in “Series A” rounds. They typically keep investing in follow-on rounds. While amounts may vary greatly, typical investment size is between $250K-1M for a seed round and $1-3M for a Series A round.

Advancit Capital


Bold Start


Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

Contour Venture Partners

DFJ Gotham Ventures

Eniac Ventures

ff Venture Capital

Firstmark Capital

First Round Capital


IA Ventures

Lerer Ventures

Founder Collective

Great Oaks

High Peaks Venture Partners

Metamorphic Ventures

NYC Seed

Quotidian Ventures

RTP Ventures

Tribeca Venture Partners

Vaizra Seed Fund


Early Stage to Later Stage Investors

This group of investors typically does not invest in seed deals, but they may invest from early to later stage. Initial investments may vary, but over time they might invest between $5 and $15M over the life of a company.

Accel Partners

Bain Capital Ventures

Bessemer Venture Partners

Canaan Partners

Flybridge Capital Partners

Insight Venture Partners

Oak Investment Partners

Polaris Venture Partners

Raptor Ventures

RRE Ventures

Softbank Capital

Spark Capital

Starvest Partners

Union Square Ventures

Vedanta Capital




Corporate investors are venture capital arms of large corporations looking to invest in companies that can bring strategic value to their businesses.

Aol Ventures


Bloomberg Ventures

BMW i Ventures

Citi Ventures

Time Warner Investments


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There are many opportunities to network with companies, entrepreneurs and investors. There are multiple events in New York every night. Fortunately you can subscribe to a few newsletters that will help you keep track of what’s going on. New York Tech Meetup is probably the best known of the regular events. 800+ tickets are sold every month to attend the event at the Skirball Auditorium at NYU and they are regularly sold out. You can also watch the event simulcast at other locations in New York or streamed on the web. Meetup is the company that provides the online infrastructure for all the meetup events, and on its site you can find a great number of meetings on a variety of subjects that fit your interests.


Gary’s Guide publishes a list of upcoming events via a weekly newsletter, but on the web site you can also look at a list of classes and job opportunities.

Charlie O’Donnell publishes a weekly newsletter of events from his blog.

Startup Digest also has a list of local events you can subscribe to.

Organizations—events, networking, mentoring, job opportunities

Columbia Venture Community

NY Venture Community


New York Tech Meetup

TiE, Fostering Entrepreneurship Globally


New York is well supported by a variety of shared spaces, incubators and accelerators that can provide affordable office space and resources for ventures in a multitude of industry sectors. What is best for you depends on what business you are in and what kind of help you are seeking. The list of incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces has been constantly increasing. For an up-to-date list of co-working spaces, there are a number of sites one can consult, such as Mark Birch’s blog or the CoWorkingNewYorkCity wiki.


Some of these incubators and accelerators will help you in their own area of expertise. Some have a competitive admission process (e.g. Techstars) but offer some initial funding and exposure to mentors and investors.

New York State/New York City-associated

DUMBO Incubator

ITAC (manufacturing)

NYC Seed

NYC ACRE (Energy)

NYSTAR (state programs)

Varick Street Incubator

Tech Accelerator Programs


DreamIt Ventures

Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

FinTech Innovation Lab

First Growth Venture Network

Founder Labs

NYC Seed Seedcamp

TechStars NYC

Women Innovate Mobile

Health Care Accelerators

Blueprint Health

NY Digital Health Acc.

StartUp Health Academy

Other Accelerators

CFDA Fashion Incubator

Pratt Design Incubator

Digital Media/Technology Incubators

Alley NYC

Astia (Women Entrepreneur)

BMW iVentures

Dogpatch Labs

Founder’s Institute

Grind Spaces


ingk labs




Sunshine Bronx Incubator

Tipping Point Partners


Shared Workspaces

3rd Ward

Bat Haus Bushwick

Bitmap Creative Labs

Brooklyn Creative League

DUMBO Startup Lab

General Assembly

Green Desk

Greenpoint Coworking

Hive 55

In Good Company

New Work City

Projective Space

Sunshine Suites

Soho Haven

Space 4 Work

Tech Space

The Makery

The Yard



Wix Lounge



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Many of the schools in New York offer business plan competitions. To get up-to-date information it is best to go to a site like BPC that tracks the many events and competitions taking place in New York.

Very popular are the Hackathons, and has been at the forefront in organizing them. To learn more about HackNY, watch this video.

The City of New York, through NYCEDC, is also involved in organizing business plan competitions. A notable one is NYC Next Idea, organized by NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation together with Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering, aiming to attract teams from all over the world to relocate to New York.

Another competition opened to entrepreneurs all over the world and organized by the city is NYC Venture Fellows.

Another important appointment is BigApps, a contest organized by the City of New York for the best applications centered around the City, and for which the City makes available its own databases.



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Educational Institutions

New York is home to several major Universities. Some of them have prestigious specialized Schools or programs focused on media and technology. Here are some of the ones offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

City Tech (CUNY)

Columbia University Fu Foundation SEAS

Columbia Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering

Cooper Union

Cornell NYC Tech

Courant Institute (NYU)

FIT Baker School of Business and Technology

New York Institute of Technology


Parsons School of Design

Pratt Institute

Tisch ITP (NYU)


There are also a variety of courses and classes offered on entrepreneurship, technology and programming. General Assembly, for example, is a startup incubator but also a campus that offers classes in technology, business and design, while Coursehorse is a site listing a searchable database of classes offered at any point in time in NYC. And there are other programs that offer training in programming and entrepreneurship, both offline and online, as well as “learning by doing” and internship programs. Here’s some of the most significant:

Code Academy



General Assembly


Hacker School

Lean Startup Machine



The Flatiron School


Finally, there are also programs aimed at high school students. The Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE) has just been launched in New York, offering a high school degree augmented by programming courses. And Girls who Code is an organization aiming to prepare 13-17 year-old girls for opportunities in technology and engineering.