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Intro


Tech:NYC

ANNUAL REPORT

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Intro


Tech:NYC

ANNUAL REPORT

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Mission Statement


Tech:NYC is a nonprofit member organization that represents New York City’s growing technology companies. Leveraging the power of our network, we champion New York City as the world’s capital of culture and innovation, supporting our nearly 500 members by ensuring that New York is the best place to build and grow tech companies. 

Mission Statement


Tech:NYC is a nonprofit member organization that represents New York City’s growing technology companies. Leveraging the power of our network, we champion New York City as the world’s capital of culture and innovation, supporting our nearly 500 members by ensuring that New York is the best place to build and grow tech companies. 

It goes without saying that New York City is one of the most important cities in the world. Our city is a leader in media, finance, culture, fashion, government, and—of course—innovation. It also goes without saying that our world is in the midst of a digital transformation, and like all great transformations, the regions, cities, and companies that stay ahead of the trends become beacons of growth and progress.
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We Built


WE BUILT

We Built


WE BUILT

A THRIVING MEMBERSHIP

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We Stood For


We Stood For

We Stood For


We Stood For

 

A COMMUNITY UNITED

On January 30, 2017, New York tech leaders came together to stand in opposition to President Trump’s executive orders suspending entry for citizens of certain countries and limiting the refugee program. More than 2,000 people in the Tech:NYC community signed our letter.

 
 
America has long provided homes and futures to millions who dared to share in our collective dream. There is nowhere this is more true than New York City—home to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and more foreign-born immigrants than any other city in the world. Your executive orders suspending entry for citizens of certain countries, even those who currently have legal status, along with limiting the refugee program, threaten those immigrants who are our current and future neighbors, friends, colleagues, customers, and even bosses. Their presence is a crucial ingredient that sets New York City apart and a fundamental reason why we have all chosen to build our careers and companies here.
 
 

ENGADGET

"The collective argues that the ban, which covers both refugees as well as immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries, will both 'undermine' New York City's diverse tech community and "send a dangerous message" that immigrants aren't welcome. The town is defined by its immigrant culture, the group contends, and many tech giants were founded at least in part by immigrants (think Intel, Google and Tesla, for starters). Americans should be doing 'everything in our power' to attract these entrepreneurs, not giving them the boot."

TECHCRUNCH

"The note pulls together a wide range of top executives from tech companies, investment firms and the like, including Indiegogo, Greylock Partners, Casper, Birchbox, Foursquare, Warby Parker, LittleBits, Betaworks, Kickstarter, Lyft, Vine, Buzzfeed, Trello, Uber and Slack.“

 
 

VOX

"A lot of big technology companies were co-founded by immigrants, and virtually all of them have immigrant employees. That not only means that Trump’s immigration order could hurt their future recruitment, it also means these companies have a lot of current employees whose friends and family could be affected."

 
 
 
 
 

Our letter garnered national attention and was featured in dozens of news outlets including:

 Politico | Fortune | Axios | Fast Company Forbes | Observer | Crain's NY | Mashable | Ad Age | amNY | CNET| Entrepreneur | Metro | NY Business Journal

 

 

 
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We Fought For


We Fought For

We Fought For


We Fought For

 

We work closely with government to ensure a legislative and regulatory environment that allows our members to thrive and creates opportunity for all New Yorkers. Some of the issues we worked on this year were:

 

VICTORY IN ALBANY!

 
 
 

MARKETPLACE PROVIDER TAX

Tech:NYC played a significant role in defeating a proposed marketplace provider tax that would have hit internet marketplaces like Etsy, eBay, and Amazon. The New York tax would have been a first-in-the-nation tax on internet marketplaces. It would have created serious operational burdens and sent a message to internet marketplaces, and tech companies more broadly, that they were not welcome here. Working with a broad coalition of our members and others, we were able to convince Albany policymakers to kill this bad idea before it became law. You can read our Executive Director’s op-ed on the issue here.

 
 

POLICY BRIEFS

 

Policy Briefs break down the issues we're working on behalf of our community in New York City, Albany, and Washington, D.C. 

 
 
 

WHITE PAPER

 

Government Access to Encrypted Data

We recently released our first policy white paper on government access to encrypted data. 

This is just the beginning and we will periodically release more in-depth white papers on a variety of topics that are important to our members and to all New Yorkers. Keep your eye on technyc.org/policy for more.

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We Hosted


We hosted

We Hosted


We hosted

 

Our events bring together our communities across the city, everywhere from the Upper East Side to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. In doing so, we've been proud to host many of New York's leaders.

 
 
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EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

 
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33 events with 2,800 participants from across our network  

 

POLICY LABS

We know technology is going to have real policy implications that will require policymakers to make some tough decisions.

 

 

Instead of waiting until these questions become completely unavoidable, we thought it made sense to teach policymakers about technology so that they could start to think about those questions now. Policy Labs is how we do that.

 

We hosted our first Policy Lab on artificial intelligence with board member Serkan Piantino.

 

> COMING SOON: VR/AR, Health tech, and taking the show on the road to Albany

 

TALENT TALKS

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Supporting a robust and diverse talent base is central to our work as an organization. 

That’s why we launched Talent Talks, which aim to address how we can best support that goal, in partnership with RRE Ventures and Senator Gillibrand’s office. 

 

 

 
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We Were Featured



WE WERE FEATURED

We Were Featured



WE WERE FEATURED

100+ MENTIONS AND FEATURES

 
 
 
 
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We Partnered


We Partnered

We Partnered


We Partnered

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We Led


We Led

We Led


We Led

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  TIM ARMSTRONG, CO-CHAIR    AOL

TIM ARMSTRONG, CO-CHAIR

AOL

  BRIAN O'KELLEY   AppNexus

BRIAN O'KELLEY

AppNexus

  RESHMA SAUJANI   Girls Who Code

RESHMA SAUJANI

Girls Who Code

  SHANA FISHER   Third Kind Venture Capital

SHANA FISHER

Third Kind Venture Capital

  MICHELLE PELUSO   IBM

MICHELLE PELUSO

IBM

  KEVIN SHEEKEY   Bloomberg LP

KEVIN SHEEKEY

Bloomberg LP

  WILLIAM FLOYD   Google

WILLIAM FLOYD

Google

  SERKAN PIANTINO   Spell

SERKAN PIANTINO

Spell

  RAGY THOMAS   Sprinklr

RAGY THOMAS

Sprinklr

  DESIREE GRUBER   Full PIcture

DESIREE GRUBER

Full PIcture

  JEFF REYNAR   Facebook

JEFF REYNAR

Facebook

  FRED WILSON,           CO-CHAIR   Union Square Ventures

FRED WILSON,         CO-CHAIR

Union Square Ventures

  RACHEL HAOT   1776

RACHEL HAOT

1776

  KEVIN RYAN   AlleyCorp

KEVIN RYAN

AlleyCorp

  CARLY ZAKIN   The Skimm

CARLY ZAKIN

The Skimm

  DAN HUTTENLOCHER   Cornell Tech

DAN HUTTENLOCHER

Cornell Tech

  JULIE SAMUELS   Tech:NYC

JULIE SAMUELS

Tech:NYC

 

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

  BEN BAROKAS   Sourcepoint

BEN BAROKAS

Sourcepoint

  CHAD DICKERSON   Etsy

CHAD DICKERSON

Etsy

  JEFF GLUECK   Foursquare

JEFF GLUECK

Foursquare

  JEFF HILL   Ernst & Young

JEFF HILL

Ernst & Young

  SHAN-LYN MA   Zola

SHAN-LYN MA

Zola

  DANIEL RAMOT   Via

DANIEL RAMOT

Via

  EDWARD SKYLER   Citigroup

EDWARD SKYLER

Citigroup

  AARON BLOCK   Metaprop

AARON BLOCK

Metaprop

  BRIAN DISTELBURGER   Yext

BRIAN DISTELBURGER

Yext

  JONAH GOODHART   Moat

JONAH GOODHART

Moat

  JALAK JOBANPUTRA   FuturePerfect Ventures

JALAK JOBANPUTRA

FuturePerfect Ventures

  MICHAEL MARINELLO   Turner

MICHAEL MARINELLO

Turner

  NATHAN RICHARDSON   First Republic Bank

NATHAN RICHARDSON

First Republic Bank

  YANCEY STRICKLER   Kickstarter

YANCEY STRICKLER

Kickstarter

  NEIL BLUMENTHAL, CO-CHAIR   Warby Parker

NEIL BLUMENTHAL, CO-CHAIR

Warby Parker

  AMANDA EILIAN   Videolicious

AMANDA EILIAN

Videolicious

  MICHAEL GORDON   MongoDB

MICHAEL GORDON

MongoDB

  HARRY KARGMAN   Kargo

HARRY KARGMAN

Kargo

  MIGUEL MCKELVEY   WeWork

MIGUEL MCKELVEY

WeWork

  NATHAN RICHARDSON   Trade It

NATHAN RICHARDSON

Trade It

  KATHRYN YONTEF   Microsoft

KATHRYN YONTEF

Microsoft

  MATTHEW BRIMER   DAYBREAKER

MATTHEW BRIMER

DAYBREAKER

  BETH FERREIRA,     CO-CHAIR   WME VENTURES

BETH FERREIRA,     CO-CHAIR

WME VENTURES

  BROOKE HAMMERLING   Brew

BROOKE HAMMERLING

Brew

  PHILIP KRIM   Casper

PHILIP KRIM

Casper

  WILLIAM MURPHY   Blackstone

WILLIAM MURPHY

Blackstone

  JESSICA ROVELLO   Arkadium

JESSICA ROVELLO

Arkadium

  ED ZIMMERMAN   Lowenstein

ED ZIMMERMAN

Lowenstein

  ANTHONY CASALENA   Squarespace

ANTHONY CASALENA

Squarespace

  ERIC FRIEDMAN   Expa

ERIC FRIEDMAN

Expa

  HEATHER HARTNETT   Human Ventures

HEATHER HARTNETT

Human Ventures

  MICAH LASHER   Sidewalk Labs

MICAH LASHER

Sidewalk Labs

  CHARLIE O'DONNELL   Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

CHARLIE O'DONNELL

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

  CHRISTINA SASS   Andela

CHRISTINA SASS

Andela

  MICHAEL ZUCKERT   Silicon Valley Bank

MICHAEL ZUCKERT

Silicon Valley Bank

  PAUL DAUGHERTY   Accenture

PAUL DAUGHERTY

Accenture

  ANDREA GELLERT   OnDeck

ANDREA GELLERT

OnDeck

  JAY HASS   RRE

JAY HASS

RRE

  SUSAN LYNE   BBG Ventures

SUSAN LYNE

BBG Ventures

  MICHAEL PRYOR   Trello

MICHAEL PRYOR

Trello

  JAKE SCHWARTZ   General Assembly

JAKE SCHWARTZ

General Assembly

 

Tech:NYC TEAM

  JULIE SAMUELS

JULIE SAMUELS

    SARAH BROWN

SARAH BROWN

  CHAD WOODFORD

CHAD WOODFORD

  BRYAN LOZANO

BRYAN LOZANO

   SEAN LUDWIG

SEAN LUDWIG

  DALEY

DALEY

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We Loved


We Loved

We Loved


We Loved

 
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Love, Tech:NYC


We’ve spent the last year hard at work building Tech:NYC, but the truth is, it was pretty easy. That’s because the community we represent is made up of amazing people, companies, and investors who want to support the city and state we all call home and love so much. We couldn’t feel any luckier or more excited as we look forward to the continued work ahead.

 

Love,

Julie Samuels + the Tech:NYC Team

Love, Tech:NYC


We’ve spent the last year hard at work building Tech:NYC, but the truth is, it was pretty easy. That’s because the community we represent is made up of amazing people, companies, and investors who want to support the city and state we all call home and love so much. We couldn’t feel any luckier or more excited as we look forward to the continued work ahead.

 

Love,

Julie Samuels + the Tech:NYC Team