New York City’s tech scene has been building momentum for years. For every boom company, like Kickstarter or Foursquare, there are hundreds of scrappy start-ups, networking organizations and venture capitalists helping the tech ecosystem grow. In 2011, the city unofficially positioned itself as a serious rival of Silicon Valley by announcing an applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island, led by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. To gain entrepreneurial skills, its graduate students will collaborate closely with the city’s leading tech companies.
MetroFocus spoke with some of the city’s rising tech stars about their predictions for how the scene will grow, how they got to where they are today and their advice for people hoping to enter the industry.
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From left to right, the faces of tech include: Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of Cornell’s NYC Tech Campus; Christina Cacioppo, investment analyst at Union Square Ventures; Nate Westheimer, executive director of New York Tech Meetup and co-founder of Picturelife; Campbell McKellar, founder of Loosecubes; Dan Porter, CEO of OMGPOP; Kellee Khalil, founder of Lover.ly; Evan Ratliff, co-founder of Atavist; Zach Sims, co-founder of Codecademy; Vipin Goyal, co-founder of Sidetour; Alexa Hirschfeld, co-founder of Paperless Post; Jason Goldberg, founder of Fab.com; Samantha John and Jocelyn Leavitt, co-founders of Hopscotch; Jon Sukarangsan, president of Party 4 a Cause; Jordan Goldman, founder and CEO of Unigo.
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