Thoughts from TechWeek NYC 2017

It’s that time of year again in New York City when the muggy summer weather breaks and the cool fall breeze snakes its way through the city. It also means it’s time for TechWeek NYC, which if you haven’t heard is a week of, ahem, tech.

Different organizations host different events in different locations throughout the week, culminating with an all-day conference with a number of speakers.

This year, it kicked off Monday night with an event held by BCG Digital Ventures at the new Hudson Yards. The building is gorgeously constructed, right next to the highline and the view at sunset, absolutely spectacular.

It was one of the best panelist experiences as well as networking events we’ve ever been a part of. The content of the discussion was intriguing, discussing the merits of running a startup in NYC versus the Valley. It included the founders of Little Spoon (baby food), a fast-growing cosmetic company and Hello Alfred, the home assistant service.

We met a number of great people as well across real estate, blockchain, cosmetics, event marketing apps, and even data scientists giving VCs better ways to predict positive investments.

On Tuesday, there were two events. One on Education and the Blockchain and the other a happy hour networking at Grubhub’s Manhattan headquarters (note: they just bought another company to become the biggest food delivery service, ever). We met the Hard Hat Girl pushing the mission of breaking through the glass ceiling, a chap running a new remote accelerator, independent developers, a gentleman who founded a project management app startup, and bumped into friends we made on Monday.

Wednesday included a cybersecurity event at Rise New York, which we learned from our new friend from Barclays is an owned and operated innovation center. They partnered with TechStars NY to do a FinTech batch and the space also has WeWork style open office space for rent, a cafe, and an auditorium where this and other events we’ve been to take place.

It was a fascinating talk by people who really understand the nuances of security in a digital world. They included:

  • George Avetisov, CEO and Cofounder of HYPR Corp. (these guys are blowing up, take a look, founder is a no nonsense Queens guy)
  • Deepak Dutt, CEO of Zighra
  • Joe Stuntz, VP of Cybersecurity, OWI
  • Moderation from Matt Rizzetta, CEO at North 6th Agency

We also ran into a seriously talented comic book artist and illustrator who pumped out the Clark Kent in NYC picture you see below in only 20 minutes, completely free hand and from memory. No cheat codes, have a look at Creees’s art, it will leave you breathless.

Thursday was the big event that went from 9am to 5pm on topics ranging from how to hire engineering talent paneled by Google, Livestream, BirchBox, and Managed by Q. There was a talk on Media by a data scientist from Buzzfeed, head of content from Mashable, and a strategy gal from Vox Media.

Of course we bumped into familiar faces and a new friend who came all the way from Mumbai India and decided to change his flight to stay for the entire TechWeek. He’s got an interesting distribution business for retailers in India.

To say this year’s NYC TechWeek was one for the record books was a bit of an understatement. The new friends, knowledge, and connections made meant the small price of admission was more than worth it.

If you’re in the NYC area next year in October, we highly recommend you get yourself a ticket and join us. 

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