In her role as Managing Director of New York Tech Meetup, Jessica Lawrence has a unique perspective on what’s bubbling up from the city’s startup community. She’s blogging her insights for us every month. So what should attendees at tonight’s meetup expect to see?
Someone asked me the other day whether there has been significantly more growth in one vertical over another within the New York tech ecosystem — fintech over adtech, for instance. Thinking about it, what stood out was not one particular vertical, but the fact that the New York tech community tends to start companies that meet the challenges and needs of the people of New York. Meetup.com was created to help people have more meaningful offline connections. ZocDoc was built to help make the process of finding and going to a doctor a lot less painful. Foursquare was created to help people explore, share and connect. And because of New York’s diversity and population density, when companies solve a problem for a New Yorker, they tend to be solving problems faced by people in cities and towns across the country and the world.
You hold your potato while I peel mine.
- An alternative to “hold your horses” shared with me by my Pakistani cab driver (who also happened to be singing along to Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?”)
Don’t lick a mohawk.
From the wise person sitting next to me at the UCB show. Why? Because some people use egg whites to make their mohawks stay up…salmonella from a mohawk. Hmmmmm
God woke you up this morning, you should let it shine.
Gospel singer on the L train singing “This Little Light of Mine”
It’s the middle sign where the wisdom lies: “Attn Customers: Please Do Not Put Your Head or Nose in the Pot” A great metaphor for lots of things…
Don’t buy pot from a pimp
That’s right. You’re cute. Keep smiling. Smile even more.
The words of encouragement to me from a homeless guy in DUMBO