Being a very proud native of New York City, I was thrilled to see an article on TechCrunch.com posted on October 1, 2014, whose title just about said it all with Digital.nyc Launches To Be The Hub For New York Tech by Jonathan Shieber. This announced the launch of a brand new site called Digital.NYC, a hub destination concerning nearly anything and everything about the thriving tech and startup markets here in The Big Apple. For anyone interested in startups, workspaces, incubators, jobs, investing, training, news and access to a gazillion other relevant resources, this is meant to be an essential must-click resource.The site is the product of a cooperative venture by the City of New York, IBM and the venture capital firm Gust. For additional reporting, see also IBM Starts Online Hub for NYC Tech Firms posted the same day on usatoday.com, by Mike Snider.
I highly recommend a click-through and thorough perusal of this site for the remarkable depth and richness of its offerings, timeliness, and sense of excitement and vitality that threads throughout all of it pages. While the term “platform” is often overused to describe a program or site, I believe that Digital.NYC truly lives up to this term of art.
What also really slew me about this site was its elegant design and ease of navigation that belie its vastness. The site clearly evinces its designers’ and builders’ passion for the subject matter and incredible hard work they put into getting it all just right. What a daunting task they must have faced in trying to meld all of these content categories together in a layout that is so highly functional, navigable and engaging. Bravo! to everyone involved in making this happen.
Indeed, for me it passes the Man from Mars Test: If you just landed on Earth and started out knowing little or nothing about the tech market in NYC, some time spent with this site would handily start you on your way to assessing its massive dimensions, operations and opportunities. Alternatively, very savvy and veteran entrepreneurs, investors, programmers, web designers, students, venture capitalists, urban planners and others will likewise find much to learn and use here.
I Googled around a bit to see whether other cities had similar hub sites. My initial research shows that there is nothing else per se like Digital.NYC currently online. Please post a comment here or send me an email if you do know of any others out there and I will post them. However, In my online travels I did find a site called Entrepreneurial Insights that has compiled on a page entitled Startup Hubs a series of recently posted in-depth reports global startup hubs. These cities include Paris, Toronto, Boston, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Bangkok, Istanbul, Singapore, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Berlin and New York.