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Start-Up Nation: Latest on NYC

According to a recent NYTimes article by Zoe Henry, when it comes to being a business founder it’s so much more of a case of “who you know.”  As such she put together a list of her Top 10 NYC Power Brokers you should know.  They are: CEO of New York Tech Alliance (Jessica Lawrence Quinn), NYU Professor and Founder of the Future Today Institute (Amy Webb), founder and CEO of Tusk Holdings (Bradley Tusk), CEO of MediaRedef (Jason Hirschhorn), CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group (Danny Meyer), General Partner at Eniac Ventures (Nihal Mehta), founder of Personal Democracy Media (Andrew Raseij), co-founder of Oscar Health and founder of Thrive Capital (Josh Kushner), Union Square Ventures co-founder and Managing Partner (Fred Wilson), Build Your Dream Network author (J. Kelly Hoey).

These people have – and are – definitely making it big in NYC.  It seems that New York could just be the right place for budding start-ups and their founders.  Just look at the bus start-up company, Skedaddle (the firm that developed an app enabling individuals to collectively  commission private bus rides) which noted that most of those booking bus trips during their recent booking surge, were women.  And acted on it.  Successfully.

According to another recent NYTimes article by Katie Brenner company founders then put it together:  they were all trying to get to Washington to participate in the Women’s March on Washington.  As such, Skedaddle got the business of around 11,000 women – approximately 5% of the estimated 200,000 participants.  Following on from this, other bus companies tried to use the Presidential inauguration – and its consequential people descending on Washington – to their benefits.  These included:  Airbnb, a variety of eateries, hotels, Uber and the like.