New to the New York startup scene?Don’t know a soul but in search of funding, press and good people?
Make your first 25 meetings with these well-connected people in New York.
They’re the gatekeepers to everything a founder could need.
Kalghatgi meets with tons of entrepreneurs and is an advisor at Gen Y Capital, so he always knows which startups are on the rise.
He also organizes a lot of social events for the vibrant, young New York tech scene.
Taub was poached from Aviary where he lead business development and partnerships. Now he is helping Dwolla open up shop in New York. He was recommended for the position by star early-stage investor, Joshua Kushner.
Taub has been in the New York startup scene since college, when he attended Yeshiva University, and he has taken the time to get to know thousands of tech people personally.
He's also a mentor at DreamIt Accelerator and a Forbes contributor.
Taub isn't much of a drinker, but buy him a chocolate milk (he doesn't do coffee either) and he'll open up your tech world.
The GroupMe guys are brilliant, fun, and well-connected.
Steve Cheney can answer any business-related startup question you have, and he's an insightful blogger who occasionally writes for TechCrunch.
Rachel Sklar has established herself as a well-known name through her work at The Huffington Post and Mediaite, where she was a founding editor.
Sklar is also a big advocate for women in tech. She founded Change The Ratio and passionately supports women entrepreneurs, including Kellee Khalil of Loverly and Kathryn Minshew of Daily Muse.
O'Donnell began his career as an investor working with Fred Wilson at Union Square Ventures. He has since gone on to be a principal at First Round Capital where he helped find startups like GroupMe, Singleplatform and Chloe + Isabel.
Now he's pumping up his town, Brooklyn, with seed money from a firm he founded, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.
He's extremely well connected and has helped numerous tech new-comers land startup jobs, including Megan Towe, whom he helped place at LiveIntent.
Barnes is the guy to know if you're looking for early stage-money. He's very nice and a great listener, but he has a lot of smart opinions to share about the state of startups.
You can win him over by wearing a sweet pair of kicks. His blog is called SneakerheadVC, after all.
If you want to get into the top startup accelerator program on the east coast, it'd help if you befriended David Tisch.
Tisch is an active angel investor and he also founded TechStars NYC. He's sarcastic, savvy and blunt; if you can impress Tisch, you can impress anyone. It's well worth it to try.
Joshua Kushner is proving himself to be a successful young investor. The 26-year-old VC founded Thrive Capital and has invested in startups like Instagram and Dwolla.
He's soft spoken but incredibly insightful. You won't find him on Twitter much, but he's actively posting photos on Instagram.
Paik is his more outgoing half. The recent Harvard graduate sees a lot of startups and actively pounds the New York pavement.
Duda in an investor with an advertising background, an awesome combination for startups looking to get off the ground.
He's well connected - you can catch him playing basketball with Justin Bieber from time to time and his cofounder is NBA player Steve Nash.
Meeker just finished his gig as Entrepreneur in Residence at Polaris Ventures where he was the adult supervision at startup incubator Dogpatch Labs New York.
Meeker's days running Meetup and Dogpatch Labs helped him meet a boatload of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, so he can open a lot of doors.
No one in tech is as fun as Ben Lerer.
Don't be fooled by his abundance of party photos; he's a sharp businessman who's grown Thrillist into a $120 million+ company.
He also has a keen eye for startups. He invests in early stage companies through his family's firm, Lerer Ventures, which partners with SV Angel on the west coast.
Rick Webb is an angel investor in startups such as Foursquare, Branch and Percolate.
Like Duda, he has an advertising background that is a valuable asset for any startup looking to market itself. He cofounded Barbarian Group.
Mike Brown Jr learned the venture business first hand from Richard Branson.
Now he's running AOL Ventures; he was hand-picked by Tim Armstrong for the position. He's brought in deals like Codecademy and SailThru for AOL and he does a little angel investing on the side.
Brown likes to stay behind the scenes, but if you can lure him out of hiding he's a great person to know and he comes highly recommended by founders who work with him.
Schlafman worked with the Stickybits team before it became Turntable.fm.
Now he's working alongside the HuffPo guys, Eric Hippeau and Ken Lerer, at Lerer Ventures.
Schlaffman sees a lot of deals and knows a lot of people in the startups space.
Brooke Hammerling runs one of the best PR firms for startups. Her clients have included Zynga and GroupMe.
She knows every press person in Manhattan. Brew PR is one of the only firms that has clients pitching it for business.
Hong is bubbly and well-connected. She can hook you up with most of the other industry gatekeepers and frequently hangs out with the likes of Kenny Herman and Steve Cheney.
She was rightfully named one of the most poachable players in New York tech by BetaBeat.
Hargreaves, Pritzker and Brimer made a startup school from scratch in just one one. General Assembly now has multiple campuses around the world including two in New York that house tons of entrepreneurs.
Because they work with so many startups, they know what's going on in New York tech better than anyone and can make lots of intros.
Crowley is such a people-person, he made it his life-long mission to help people hang out.
He's a busy guy running one of New York's most promising startups, Foursquare, but he always makes time to help out his friends. He still makes time to meet new entrepreneurs and offer advice whenever possible. He has started making angel investments.
Crowley is one of -- if not the most -- well-connected people in New York tech.