INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP          COMMUNITY             Kevin R. Shiiba   Community Development & Membership       ...
NYC STARTUPS: TECH + [ ]
DEFINING AN ECOSYSTEM§    Startups§    Investors§    Talent§    Mentors§    Partners§    Service Providers
NOTABLE STARTUPS§    Art.sy        §     MakerBot§    Bit.ly        §     Meetup§    Blip.tv       §     OKCupid§  ...
VENTURE FIRMS§    AOL Ventures          §    High Peaks Venture§    Bain Capital                Partners§    Bessemer ...
COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS§    NDAs / “people will steal my idea”§    “Just need a coder to build my product”§    Write a bu...
HOW DO I GET STARTED?ASK YOURSELF: Is the startup scene right for me?§  What am I passionate about?§  What types of work...
COMMON ROLES§    Front-End Developer (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)§    Back-End Developer (Ruby, Python, Java, PHP)§    UX/UI...
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED§    Sign up for events newsletters§    Attend meetups, happy hours, panels, and classes§    Learn ...
DO:§    Learn the lexicon and how to best position your      skillset§    Think long and hard about what kinds of      e...
DON’T:§    Think everyone knows something you don’t§    Listen to the people who tell you no§    Be afraid to ask for h...
THANK YOU!      Questions?    Kevin R. Shiiba     @kevinshiiba        @GAkevin@generalassemb.ly
APPENDIX: BLOGS TO READ§    Chris Dixon — http://cdixon.org§    Fred Wilson (A VC) — http://avc.com§    BetaBeat — http...
APPENDIX: NEWSLETTERS§    Startup Digest — http://startupdigest.com§    Charlie O’Donnell —      http://www.thisisgoingt...
APPENDIX: NOTABLE ORGS§    New York Tech Meetup — http://nytm.org§    Hack NY — http://hackny.org§    Techies Give Back...
APPENDIX: COWORKING SPACES§    3rd Ward— http://3rdward.com§    Dogpatch Labs— http://dogpatchlabs.com§    Green Desk —...
APPENDIX: ACCELERATORS§    TechStars — http://techstars.com§    DreamIt Ventures —§    http://dreamitventures.com§    ...
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Intro to the NYC Startup Community

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE NYC STARTUP COMMUNITY Kevin R. Shiiba Community Development & Membership General Assembly
  2. 2. NYC STARTUPS: TECH + [ ]
  3. 3. DEFINING AN ECOSYSTEM§  Startups§  Investors§  Talent§  Mentors§  Partners§  Service Providers
  4. 4. NOTABLE STARTUPS§  Art.sy §  MakerBot§  Bit.ly §  Meetup§  Blip.tv §  OKCupid§  Chartbeat §  Quirky§  Etsy §  SeatGeek§  Fab §  SecondMarket§  Foursquare §  Tumblr§  GroupMe §  Turntable.fm§  JIBE §  Vimeo§  Kickstarter §  Warby Parker§  Livestream §  Yipit§  Lot18 §  ZocDoc *Made in NYC: http://nytm.org/made/
  5. 5. VENTURE FIRMS§  AOL Ventures §  High Peaks Venture§  Bain Capital Partners§  Bessemer Venture §  IA Ventures Partners §  Lerer Ventures§  DFJ Gotham §  Raptor Group§  First Round Capital §  RRE Ventures§  FirstMark Capital §  Spark Capital§  Founder Collective §  Thrive Capital§  Greycroft Partners §  Union Square Ventures
  6. 6. COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS§  NDAs / “people will steal my idea”§  “Just need a coder to build my product”§  Write a business plan —> get funding§  The loudest people are the smartest§  Too hard to get “in” or catch up§  Silicon Valley is all that matters§  Funding is impossible to get§  Entrepreneurship is too risky of a career path§  Founding a company is the best way to get involved§  Only developers can get good jobs at startups
  7. 7. HOW DO I GET STARTED?ASK YOURSELF: Is the startup scene right for me?§  What am I passionate about?§  What types of work environments suit me?§  What is my risk tolerance?If yes, then:§  What am I good at? / What do I need to learn?§  What part of the tech community best matches up to my passions and skills? What role?§  How do I best hone the skills necessary to function in this role?§  Who should I talk to get insight about a company / role?
  8. 8. COMMON ROLES§  Front-End Developer (HTML, CSS, JavaScript)§  Back-End Developer (Ruby, Python, Java, PHP)§  UX/UI Designer (inDesign, Photoshop)§  Product Manager (define product roadmap, prioritization)§  Project Manager (how do we get X done by this time?)§  Business Development (Partnerships, Sponsors)§  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 service, Office management)§  Other roles depending on vertical (education? fashion? art?)
  9. 9. WAYS TO GET INVOLVED§  Sign up for events newsletters§  Attend meetups, 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, be open-minded§  Blog about your experiences and adventures§  Engage on social media§  Hustle
  10. 10. DO:§  Learn the lexicon and how to best position your skillset§  Think long and hard about what kinds of environments best suit you and seek them out§  Roll up your sleeves and learn new skills§  Meet as many people as possible, and develop quality relationships§  Effectively communicate what value you can bring to a startup§  Remain humble and figure out ways to give back to the community even when you’re a giant success ; - )
  11. 11. DON’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§  Get discouraged
  12. 12. THANK YOU! Questions? Kevin R. Shiiba @kevinshiiba @GAkevin@generalassemb.ly
  13. 13. APPENDIX: BLOGS TO READ§  Chris Dixon — http://cdixon.org§  Fred Wilson (A VC) — http://avc.com§  BetaBeat — http://betabeat.com§  SAI — http://businessinsider.com/sai§  Paul Graham’s Essays — http://paulgraham.com§  Hacker News — http://news.ycombinator.com§  TechCrunch — http://techcrunch.com§  General Assembly — http://generalassemb.ly/blog
  14. 14. APPENDIX: NEWSLETTERS§  Startup Digest — http://startupdigest.com§  Charlie O’Donnell — http://www.thisisgoingtobebig.com/nycevents§  Gary’s Guide — http://garysguide.com§  General Assembly — http://generalassemb.ly
  15. 15. APPENDIX: NOTABLE ORGS§  New York Tech Meetup — http://nytm.org§  Hack NY — http://hackny.org§  Techies Give Back — http://techiesgiveback.org§  NY Hacker / Hacker Union — http://nyhacker.org§  We Are NY Tech — http://wearenytech.com§  Internet Week — http://internetweekny.com§  Social Media Week — http://socialmediaweek.org§  NYC EDC — http://nycedc.com§  NYC Digital — http://nyc.gov/digital
  16. 16. APPENDIX: COWORKING SPACES§  3rd Ward— http://3rdward.com§  Dogpatch Labs— http://dogpatchlabs.com§  Green Desk — http://green-desk.com§  Grind — http://grindspaces.com§  Hive @ 55 — http://hiveat55.com§  New Work City — http://nwc.co§  Projective Space — http://projective.co§  The Yard — http://workattheyard.com§  WeWork Labs— http://wework.com
  17. 17. APPENDIX: ACCELERATORS§  TechStars — http://techstars.com§  DreamIt Ventures —§  http://dreamitventures.com§  ER Accelerator — http://eraccelerator.com§  NYC Seed — http://www.nycseed.com

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