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Introduction to the New York City Startup Community

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  • http://www.gonystartup.com also has a great list of nyc-specific events and co-working spaces.
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  • 1. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY 1INTRODUCTION TOTHE NEW YORKSTARTUPCOMMUNITYKevin ShiibaProduct ManagerGeneral Assembly
  • 2. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY 2NYC STARTUPSTECH + GA
  • 3. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I HOW IT IS DEFINED 3WHAT DEFINES AN ECOSYSTEM?• Startups• Investors• Talent• Mentors• Partners• Service Providers
  • 4. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I WHO THEY ARE 4NOTABLE NYC STARTUPS• Art.sy • Gilt Group • SeatGeek• Bit.ly • GroupMe • SecondMarket• Blip.tv • HowAboutWe • Shelby.tv• Chartbeat • Kickstarter • Tumblr• Codeacademy • Livestream • Vimeo• Etsy • Lot18 • Warby Parker• Fab • MakerBot • Yipit• Foursquare • OKCupid • ZocDoc
  • 5. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I WHO THEY ARE 5NOTABLE NYC VENTURE FIRMS• AOL Ventures • Founder Collective • RRE Ventures• Bain Capital • Greycroft Partners • Spark Capital• Bessemer Venture Partners • High Peaks Venture Partners • Thrive Capital• DFJ Gotham • IA Ventures • Union Square Ventures• First Round Capital • Lerer Ventures• FirstMark Capital • Raptor Group
  • 6. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I WHAT YOU THINK 6COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS FOUNDiNG A COMPANY iS THE ENTREPRENEURSHiP BEST WAY TO GET iS TOO RiSKY OF ONlY iNVOlVED. TOO HARD TO A CAREER PATH. GET “iN” OR DEVElOPERS CAN GET A GOOD JOB AT STARTUPS. SiliCON VAllY iS All NDAs THAT MATTERS! “PEOPlE JUST NEED A CODER TO BUilD MY Will STEAl THE lOUDEST PEOPlE ARE THE MY iDEA” WRiTE A BUSiNESS SMARTEST! PlAN = GET FUNDiNG
  • 7. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I WHAT YOU COULD DO 7COMMON ROLES• Front-End Developer (CSS,HTML) • Business Development (Sales, • Sales (Willingness to find and• Back-End Developer (Ruby, Partnerships) follow leads) Python, Java, PHP) • Marketing/User Acquisition (Email • Community Management (Social• UX/UI Designer (inDesign, Marketing, Social Media, SEO, Data Media) Photoshop) Analytics) • Operations (Customer Services,• Product Manager (Light Front-End • Data Scientist (Hadoop, Matlab, Office Management) Developer, Design) SQL) • Other roles depending on vertical education
  • 8. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I WHAT YOU SHOULD DO 8DO.• Learn the lexicon and how to best position your skillset• Think long and hard about what kinds of environments best suit you and seek out those• Roll up your sleeves and learn new skills• Remain humble and figure out ways to give back to the community even when you’re a giant success• Don’t be afraid to meet new folks and be open-minded
  • 9. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO 9DON’T.• Think everyone knows something you don’t• Listen to the people who tell you no• Be afraid to ask for help, guidance, and introductions• Hesitate to offer whatever it is that YOU do best• Miss out on hackathons, panels, and demo days• Get discouraged
  • 10. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I FIRST STEPS 10HOW DO I GET STARTED? ASK YOURSELF:• What am I passionate about?• What types of environments suit me?• What is my risk tolerance?• What am I good at?• What part of the tech community best matches up to my passions and skills? What role?• How do I best hone these skills necessary to function in this role?• Who should I talk to get insight about a company / role?
  • 11. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I FURTHER STEPS 11THE BEST WAYS TO GET INVOLVED• Sign up for events newsletters• Attend meet ups, happy hours, panels, and classes• Learn how to code / design• Go to hackathons and Startup Weekends• Take interesting people you meet out for coffee• Be useful – make introductions, give feedback, help people you meet, keep an open mind• Blog about our experiences and adventures• Engage on Social Media• Hustle
  • 12. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY 12THANK YOU.Questions?Kevin Shiiba@kevinshiiba@GA
  • 13. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I APPENDIX 13BLOGS TO READChris Dixon — http://cdixon.orgFred Wilson (A VC) — http://avc.comBetaBeat — http://betabeat.comSAI — http://businessinsider.com/saiPaul Graham’s Essays — http://paulgraham.comHacker News — http://news.ycombinator.comTechCrunch — http://techcrunch.comGeneral Assembly — http://generalassemb.ly/blog
  • 14. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I APPENDIX 14NEWSLETTERSStartup Digest — http://startupdigest.comCharlie O’Donnell — http://thingsgoingtobebig.com/nyceventsGary’s Guide — http://garysguide.comGeneral Assembly — http://generalassemb.ly
  • 15. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I APPENDIX 15NOTABLE ORGSNew York Tech Meetup — http://nytm.orgHack NY — http://hackny.orgTechies Give Back — http://techiesgiveback.orgNY Hacker / Hacker Union — http://nyhacker.orgWe Are NY Tech — http://wearenytech.comInternet Week — http://internetweekny.comSocial Media Week — http://socialmediaweek.orgNYC EDC — http://nycedc.comNYC Digital — http://nyc.gov/digital
  • 16. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I APPENDIX 16COWORKING SPACESWeWork Labs— http://wework.comNew Work City — http://nwc.co3rd Ward— http://3rdward.comGrind — http://grindspaces.comThe Yard — http://workattheyard.comHive @ 55 — http://hiveat55.comProjective Space — http://projective.coGreen Desk — http://green-desk.comDogpatch Labs— http://dogpatchlabs.com
  • 17. GENERAL ASSEMBLY I INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW YORK STARTUP COMMUNITY I APPENDIX 17ACCELERATORSTechStars — http://techstars.comDreamIt Ventures — http://dreamitventures.comER Accelerator — http://eraccelerator.comNYC Seed — http://www.nycseed.com