Recap: New York Tech Day
At this year’s first annual NY Tech Day, we were invited as the only recruiter sponsor at the Lexington Armory. The sold out New York Tech Day was the vision of Alec Hartman and John Petersen who are both good friends and entrepreneurs and felt that there was a need to help bring together the hottest new startups with potential investors. The general public was also invited to witness the latest apps, gadgets, high-end tablet & mobile services of 2012. More than 175 startups and over 3,500 attendees showed up. Through all the chaos of the day, exhibitors and attendees were provided with complimentary pizza & hot dogs to make sure no one strayed from digesting all the wizardry of the day.
Some of the biggest players in technology such as Google, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr have been establishing a bigger presence here in the big apple and homegrown New York City companies like Foursquare, Meetup and ZocDoc are expanding as well trying to consume as much tech talent as they can possibly find.
These top firms, like the king of the ocean, the whales, attract the smaller fish that feed off their host and eventually spawn new growth. All kinds of small fish were at Tech Day hoping to one day become kings themselves including, Birchbox, SecondMarket, DigitalOcean Unroll.me, hatchplans and Appetude to name a few. Once dubbed Silicon Alley during the dot com days, New York City is once again making a play for the top spot in tech market giving Silicon Valley a real run for their money.
Looking to capitalize on the talent, diversity, and energy, Gotham is once again a place for innovation giving an injection of epinephrine to fill the void in the New York economy by the loss of financial jobs. Maybe as these New York tech stars get the financing they need to grow their ideas, they will be able to order in gourmet food from the city’s top restaurants through another startup company at the show, LetsOrderNow, changing forever their standard diet of pizza and hot dogs.
We are in the midst of a game changing shift in NYC commerce and lifestyle. As a New York Tech Recruiter, I am overjoyed at all the new exciting possibilities out there for tech people and look forward to sponsoring the next 2013 NY Tech day where I expect there will be multiples of the companies we saw this year, showing off their latest apps, gadgets and techies.
10 of the Top Startups at NY Tech Day
10. Second Market
Second Market Streamlines the historically inefficient process for buying and selling alternative investments by connecting buyers and sellers and providing world-class market and operations expertise. Since its inception, SecondMarket has brought together more than 75,000 individuals and institutions and completed billions of dollars in transactions.
Let’s Order Now is a fun, Internet-based, Communal Ordering System for Daily Delivered Meals. It’s Simple Social Ordering. They have a really cool concept more focused for office ordering. As more people from the same building order food, the price of food goes down.
Birchbox delivers the best products and the best insider secrets, without any fuss. Every month Birchbox members will receive a curated box of luxe beauty samples. Each box will span beauty categories and deliver exciting products that fit into both your day-to-day routine, and into those days when you want to turn up the drama a notch.
7. Digital Ocean
Digital Ocean is a simple cloud hosting provider that offers an easy control panel, free bandwidth and fast performance to help you set up virtual servers in minutes.
Unroll.me is the easiest way to manage your inbox. Unsubscribe from unwanted email subscriptions, discover new ones and organize them all in one place.
5. Hatch Plans
Thanks to HatchPlans, we can forget email threads, confusing texts, or formal invite apps. Hatch now makes coordinating with friends simple and fun. To hatch a plan, just describe what you want to do and invite any friend you have an email or mobile number for. You can plan with anyone, even friends without the app.
Appetude is the social network for food. We aim to combine food discovery with food utility. We bring recommendations from your friends, to your profile page, to your stomach. Whether you’re at home or on the go, our social menu will make sure you find the perfect meal to satisfy your cravings.
3. Parking Panda
Parking Panda is a service that allows you to connect with people with private parking spots and rent those parking spots without the hassle of finding or dealing with these people. It’s a quick and easy way to find affordable parking or make some cash of your own
2. Tiny Pass
Internet advertising, on its own, doesn’t pay enough for the creation of quality journalism, quality filmmaking, quality photography, quality research, or pretty much any type of premium content. TinyPass is secure, enterprise-level software as a service that gives content creators and publishers a way to charge for their work, and their fans an easy and secure way to pay for it. Whether its 3 cents to read an article or 25 cents for an all-day pass, Tiny Pass makes it easy to charge or pay for quality content at an affordable price.
1. The Mutual
The Mutual is a startup focused on helping people make selfless acts rewarding, practical, easy and fun. They do this by aligning the self-interests of people and businesses as a means of change to create a better world. From the Individuals side, you donate to your favorite cause and in doing so you get great perks and discounts from participating businesses. Their purpose is to make it easy and advantageous for people and business to support the environment and get something in return. We’re all for win-win’s.