Okay, we knew tech recruiting in New York City was bad, but we didn’t realize it had gotten embarrassing. Earlier today, “hybrid designer and technologist” Mike Bodge offered up a first-hand account of the wooing techniques of Silicon Alley venture capitalists on his tumblr.
Be warned, it involves a Segway, and what might soon become a catchphrase worthy of its own meme. In fact, it’s so deliciously sad, we wonder if we’re being punked. Let’s consider the evidence, shall we?
As North Carolina tries to foster its own budding startup scene (something a little more modern than Research Triangle Park, perhaps?) the folks MBA@UNC, UNC’s online MBA program, created an inspirational infographic of sorts. To that end, they’ve mapped out the last five years of growth in tech/social media space, comparing us to the Valley.
“Although cities like Chicago, Austin, and even our own Research Triangle have produced a number of web-based businesses in recent years, New York’s startup scene is growing exponentially,” the MBA@UNC staff writes.
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The offices of Zelnick Media were packed on a recent evening for #DigitalWes, an alumni gathering for the graduates of Wesleyan University who had made their way from jam bands and cultural theory to the warp-speed world of Silicon Alley. Guests nibbled shrimp and steak skewers while taking in a sumptuous view of midtown Manhattan from the roof deck. The hosts were Strauss Zelnick and his partner, Jim Friedlich, both class of ’79, whose Take Two Interactive has produced some of the best-selling and most controversial video games of the past decade.
“It’s the kind of school, if you told people you wanted to end up at Goldman Sachs, they would probably chase you out of the dorm,” said John Borthwick, class of ’87, a double major in developmental economics and art history and co-founder of the Chelsea-based betaworks. “Radical transparency, open access to information, disrupting traditional media, these were the secret handshakes at Wesleyan.”
You got to hand it to these real estate reporters. For the last two decades they’ve been discovering a budding tech scene in the real estate around Union Square. Call it Silicon Alley if you like, but this start-up hamlet never seems to get old.
“The emergence of Union Square as a destination for technology firms got its start several years ago. But the neighborhood’s tech community received a boost this year with the arrival of household names such as computer giant Apple Inc. and the impending arrival of user-review site Yelp,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
Are you kidding me? Apple and Yelp are about the least important pieces of the tech scene around Union Square that you could think of, despite being national names. Hysterically, the map of the tech scene which accompanies the story, entitled “Silicon Square,” can’t seem to find a single tech spaces integral to the area, like Dogpatch, Pivotal or General Assembly.
On The Calendar
This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (a.k.a. “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder of GarysGuide and mentor at ER Accelerator.
So it’s my birthday this Friday, August 5, and rumor has it that there may or may not be a wild party at a top secret undisclosed location somewhere around town! But onto this week’s entertainment…
White Collar Capital
The big bucks available for brainy folks willing to work on Wall Street is depleting the talent pool for startups according to a new report from the Kaufman Foundation authored by Paul Kedrosky and Dane Stangler.
The study focuses on the rate at which STEM graduates (Science, Engineer and Math) have moved Read More
There were a few stories this morning about the news that Accel Partners, one of the top three venture capital firms in the nation, is opening an outpost in New York.
But by and large there wasn’t much comment from local VCs on the issue, until Lerer Ventures’ Jordan Cooper raised the issue on Twitter: Read More
Maybe “Silicon Alley” can actually be a thing now.
Tech companies have been loading up on New York real estate and it’s starting to add up.
Number of square feet at 111 Eighth Avenue, which Google bought in the largest single building sale in the country last year: 2.9 million square feet. Read More
First, investor Charlie O’Donnell called on New York’s tech scene to add 250 developers to the work force.
“What I’d like to figure out is how we can create a much more sustainable and much more robust pipeline of developers into the NYC innovation community and I’d like to propose a lofty Read More
There’s plenty of tech talent in Israel, but it’s not staying in the promised land.
Entrepreneurs at Israeli tech startups still depend heavily on the U.S., as “one of the pioneers of the venture industry” told the Wall Street Journal. Israeli entrepreneurs find that they have to come to New York to get access Read More