Foodies aren’t the only ones that get to flaunt their locavore bona fides. Last night marked the debut of “Internet made in New York City,” an exclusive list of start-ups and products that are “mostly coded” in the city, can claim more than 10,000 users or visitors monthly, and, fly their Made in NYC flag “as prominently as its copyright.”According to Meetup’s Scott Heiferman, that last bit was Anil Dash’s “clever idea.”
In keeping with the hometown spirit, Foursquare’s Naveen Selvadurai and Mr. Heiferman, who curated the list together, introduced the concept on stage at yesterday’s New York Tech Meetup—during Internet Week for that added booster oomph. Shortly after, Mayor Bloomberg tweeted, “Thanks @heif @Naveen,” seemingly granting his seal of approval. As an extra benefit, the list, hosted on the NYTM page, not only links to the company’s website, but also indicates if they’re hiring (16 out of 25 are) and how to apply. So, who made the cut?
Companies like Aviary, Yipit—and Foursquare and Meetup, naturally—fit the criteria that more than 50 percent of the front and back-end code for the website or app had to be written in NYC. And so did platforms like Angelsoft and SecondMarket. Why are they being such sticklers about where a New York company does its coding? Says the FAQ:
Because tech is coded, so made means made. Made doesn’t mean funded or managed. Like a shirt that’s designed/licensed/funded in USA, and made in China: It’s Made in China, not Made in USA. Made means made.
Hey, you want your bok choi and your beets grown locally, why not your code?