Tech:NYC 2018 Annual Report

 2018 Annual Report


This year was a busy one at Tech:NYC. Our organization continues to grow—both in terms of our hardworking team and our membership. We host increasingly more events and engage on more issues as we work to represent the diverse and creative tech ecosystem here in the most diverse and creative city in the world. The truth is, it’s a pretty easy job. Our successes are our members’ successes; our fights are their fights. I’d bet on the amazing women and men who make up our ecosystem any day.

2018 gave us a chance to kick the tires and test out what we’ve built at Tech:NYC. And we were thrilled with what we found. Nearly everything we envisioned came to life in big, bold ways. During our organization’s second full year, we hosted more than 80 events; fought hard in NYC, Albany, and Washington, D.C. on issues like computer science education and immigration; and celebrated big tech wins that show how quickly our ecosystem is growing. It’s an honor to fight alongside our members and our community, and I’m thankful for it every day.

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A diverse and growing set of companies power NYC's tech ecosystem.



We've built a membership of 700 member companies, which includes more than 600 small startups. Together, they represent every kind of tech company there isadtech, blockchain, fashion, fintech, healthcare, media, retail, and more. Which, of course, is exactly what you'd expect from New York.



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Our membership is just a snapshot of the robust NYC tech ecosystem, which was responsible for 333,000 jobs, and more than $11 billion in funding in 2017 alone. We're so excited about these numbers that we launched a data resource page spotlighting them and many others.

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New York's tech sector has an amazing story to tell.


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This year, we were pleased to see others telling that story too, with a few common themes: 1) NYC is diverse; 2) access to existing industries and markets sets NYC apart from other international tech hubs; and 3) tech is an increasingly large part of NYC’s economy.


New York Will Never Be Silicon Valley. And It's Good With That

Bloomberg outlines the new New York tech scene, which is fine with not being Silicon Valley. It includes more industry diversity and tech-fueled campuses like Cornell Tech (above).

Tech Takes Over: The Boom Is Just Beginning

Crain’s New York Business takes a deep dive into the growth of the New York tech scene, featuring interviews with Zola’s Shan-Lyn Ma (above) and other NYC entrepreneurs.

New York Is a Genuine Tech Hub (and That Was Before Amazon)

The New York Times explores the evolution and rise of the New York tech ecosystem, highlighting its significant and ongoing maturation.

What Makes New York Attractive to the Tech Industry

The Washington Post uses the upcoming expansions of Amazon and Google to explain why New York has ascended as a major technology hub.



Big expansion announcements from Amazon and Google solidified New York’s position as an international tech hub. Amazon’s planned HQ2 in Long Island City and Google’s expanded presence on Manhattan’s West Side will continue to diversify our city’s economy and both are a testament to a talented workforce and local leaders dedicated to creating a business environment that attracts innovative companies. We’ve spent much of this year supportive of and celebrating these expansions; we wrote about it in the New York Post and the Daily News.



The numbers also tell our story.  In 2018, Tech:NYC launched a page highlighting the continued growth, success, and diversity of our local ecosystem. And together with our partners at Accenture, we released original research showing that NYC tech companies plan to continue their local hiring spree in areas like web engineering and AI and that companies both large and small feel strongly that being located in NYC helps them stay ahead of emerging technologies.


Tech:NYC was featured and mentioned in more than 100 stories in the past year and continues to be a resource for media looking to connect with technology companies and better understand the NYC tech ecosystem.



New York's startups exemplify everything we love about our city.


Proof of Concept:

Our monthly Companies to Watch feature highlighted just how diverse and inspiring our community is. We learned about the best pizza, bagels, and coffee in the city. And how best to spend a snow day. Even more, we learned about what our community is building and what drives our founders.

[New York] is a magnet for thoughtful people, full of culture and conversation. New York doesn’t make things easy, but it energizes you to make things happen.
— ScreenPrism CEO Debra Minoff, March 2018
New York City is unmatched in the depth and diversity of its population, economy, and community networks. The future of the world is global, multicultural, knowledge driven, and connected, and New York City represents all of that.
— UrbanLogiq CEO Mark Masongsong, April 2018
There is no better place to find and attract the world’s best talent; have access to the financial markets, creativity, food, culture; and be at the center of everything that matters to create a world leading company. NYC is it.
— One Drop CEO Jeff Dachis, November 2018



Arcade Bakery | Tribeca

Di Fara | Midwood

Maiella | Long Island City

Roberta's | Bushwick

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Ad Hoc Collective | West Village

Devocion | Williamsburg

Filtered Coffee  | Mott Haven

Grace Street Coffee | Midtown




We have a community of advocates who lend their voices on important issues.


Proof of Concept:

Hundreds of our members met with local and national policymakers this year and engaged in important conversations and advocacy around this issues that matter most to our community.


Attorney General Candidate Forum

In 2018 we hosted a first-of-its-kind tech forum with Axios and WeWork featuring candidates running for New York Attorney General during the primaries. Held at WeWork’s Bryant Park building, we gave four candidates (Tish James, Zephyr Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Leecia Eve) a chance to share their views on issues that matter to our community and talk with voters. More than 100 Tech:NYC and WeWork members showed up to join a lively conversation moderated by Axios’ Mike Allen.


TECH:NYC x The Verge Election Watch Party

On the eve of the 2018 midterms, we partnered with our friends at The Verge for an election night watch party. Hundreds of people representing the tech industry came out for a conversation about our favorite topics—tech and policy and politics—and NYC politicos Rep. Jerry Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Comptroller Scott Stringer all joined us.

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2018 CS FAIR

Tech:NYC was a partner in the 2018 Computer Science Opportunity Fair, which hosted more than 1,800 NYC public high school students who are studying CS, giving them a chance to learn about tech careers and potential degrees. More than 60 tech companies and universities hosted booths at the fair.



It’s possible to shape policies to help New York's tech companies succeed.


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We continue to ensure the New York tech community is represented at the local, state, and national levels. When an issue that impacts how you do business arises, we're there.



Tech:NYC worked closely with local policymakers to create a task force to study the city’s use of algorithms in the provision of government services. Our Executive Director now serves as a member on that task force.



For the second year in a row, Tech:NYC played a significant role in defeating a proposed marketplace provider tax that would have hit New York’s many internet marketplace providers. Working with a coalition of our members and others, we were able to convince Albany policymakers to remove this provision from the 2019 state budget.

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We fought hard for the largest state-level investment in computer science education in the nation—$30 million over six years. Together with the city's ongoing commitment through CS4ALL, New York stands apart as a leader in computer science education.



Tech:NYC, NYCEDC, and IBM hosted the first Blockchain 101 Policy Lab, in conjunction with Blockchain Week NYC. The evening featured an overview of blockchain technology from IBM, demos from blockchain startups, and a Q&A with Assemblymember Clyde Vanel.

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In partnership with our member DJI, we held a Drones 101, focusing on drones and the regulatory realities facing unmanned flight in New York city and state. We looked at the innovative ways governments, businesses, and individuals use drones.



There is demand for substantive programming across the ecosystem. 



Tech:NYC hosted more than 80 events this year, including intimate sit-downs with local, state, and national leaders and large events that celebrate what’s happening every day in the NYC tech ecosystem.

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New York is filled with amazing leaders.




We have 76 of them. And we are so lucky to have their support.


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Our Leadership Council


    THANK YOU, New YOrk



Team Tech:NYC