Starting a business is hard. It takes discipline, hard work, funding, market need, connections, education, and a whole lot more to get your idea off the ground. But when you have the resources to pull it off, the rewards are infinitely more impressive. Having access to incubators, startup events, mentors, investors, and – most importantly – information gives founders a chance to cover all the bases before launching their startup. And if you live in New York, Digital.NYC is the place to find it all.
Simply put, Digital.NYC is an online hub for tech and startups. They house everything from investor lists and and startup courses to job listings and event invitations so you have the best chance at creating a successful company. It's the result of a unique public and private partnership between the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, IBM, Gust, and over a dozen leading NYC-based technology and media companies. And that partnership is perhaps the most important feature of the online hub.
“It's a significant difference that sets us apart from content aggregation sites that have ‘pay to list' model or where they take payment from partners for referrals,” said Marcos Dinnerstein, editor of Digital.NYC in an interview with Tech.Co. “Our range of partners, and no pay model, creates access to the many significant stakeholders in the tech and startup scene and also fosters editorial freedoms that might not otherwise exist.”
The need for this kind of service in New York is more than obvious. In 2014, when Digital.NYC launched, New York's tech ecosystem was growing faster than the population. Tech firms accounted for more than half a million jobs in the Big Apple, with more than $100 billion in annual output and more than $50 billion in annual wages. And Digital.NYC is more than happy to take on the challenge of bringing everyone together.
“Being in and a part of the New York City tech scene is incredibly exciting and a privilege,” said Dinnerstein in the same interview. “The New York City startup community is very welcoming and there’s certainly no shortage of events to attend and connections to be made. We’re grateful to serve this amazing community and to play a small part in the early success of some amazing companies that are working to transform our lives for the better.”
As the largest city in the country, New York is infamously dense, making it difficult for startup founders to get the resources they need to launch with all their ducks in a row. But with Digital.NYC, the big city feels a lot smaller. Not only do new companies get access to all this help, established businesses will also be able to make a difference in their respective industries by cultivating partnerships with public entities and budding startups. And it's all in pursuit of a more connected city.