Now that I’ve been thinking about the Brooklyn Startup Scene for a while this is the list of what I’m going to try to do help push things forward:
1) I’m going to create a pitch deck about the New York startup environment highlighting its strategic advantages and strengths, opportunities as well as what still needs work. Actually I’ve been working on this for a while (just slowly). I’m going to post this pitch online and allow anyone to use it or modify it for their own purposes. I think some perspective, some statistics and a little framework can be help in understanding why this environment is thriving right now.
One thing the pitch probably will not describe right now is how things feel. I read a blog post the other day from an entrepreneur moving his startup back from SF. He said the New York scene “feels like a movement”. It’s one of those times when you can feel something happening and you just want to be a part of it. I agree with that sentiment. I hope that this is one of those special times that people will look back on and think ‘wow – that was a pivotal’.
2) I’m going to work to centralize some of the resources that are available. I’ve recently heard from entrepreneurs that they didn’t know where to look to find office space or startup jobs in Brooklyn or where to go and what to read to get plugged in. There are a lot of resources out there. There are a lot of great companies that write interesting blogs. There are a lot of great VCs that cater to startups at this level. At the very least I’m going to create a couple lists of links on that can serve as a resource for people who are just getting their feet on the ground. Hopefully I can evolve this blog into a more centralized site that covers this type of stuff in more detail. My revolutions are currently limited in that respect.
3) I’m going to try to figure out a way for the community to invest in itself. What I’m thinking of is something like a Founders Fund. Those that have been successful here, or those that are passionate (hate that word) about the Brooklyn Startup Community to invest back into companies that startup in Brooklyn. I’m thinking about seed stage investments and some mentoring and introductions to give some companies a boost. A way to let these entrepreneurs know that the community is invested (no pun) in their success. I haven’t fully figured this one out yet so I’ll let you know as I incubate this idea.
The three legged stool is: great entrepreneurs, great talent and capital. If we can elevate the levels of these in the community we can continue to foster development.
Don’t get me wrong. This kind of ground work is currently being laid in Brooklyn by a number of folks. I want to contribute to it. And while I’m on the subject, I would like you to contribute as well. If you want to get involved, please reach out. The reason for the ‘Laundry List’ is to start a dialog for those who can contribute. Thank you.