It’s been an awesome year for New York City tech.
From the explosive growth of Foursquare, to the increasing influence of new-media power-houses like Gawker and Huffington Post, to the booming sales of Gilt Groupe, AppNexus, Buddy Media, MediaMath, and many others, to the further development of a vibrant angel and VC community, the city’s tech-media foundation continues to get stronger.
In celebration of this, with your help, we’ve put together our annual list of 100 people in the New York tech community who did really cool stuff this year. It is ranked.
Congrats to everyone who made the list! Here’s to an even more exciting 2011.
A number of Business Insider’s investors appear on this list: Kevin Ryan (also our Chairman), RRE, Ken Lerer, and Roger Ehrenberg.
Many companies on the list share investors with Business Insider. Fashism’s Brooke Moreland is married to Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal.
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We would like to thank the many readers who took the time to send us nominations. We would also like to thank intern Cooper Smith for his extensive work on this list. Also involved in the selection or creation of the Silicon Alley 100: Henry Blodget, Nicholas Carlson, Dan Frommer, Nick Saint, Jay Yarow, Jessica Liebman, Dina Spector, William Wei, and Jason Merriman.
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Foursquare surged into the spotlight in 2010, leaving its competitors in the dust on its way to over 4 million users.
Attention from print and television media and partnerships with top brands are quickly turning Foursquare into a household name. Along the way, the company raised $20 million, rejected a $125 million buyout offer from Yahoo, and survived Facebook's entrance into its market.
Cofounder, Hunch / Founder Partner, Founder Collective
Chris Dixon has become the name brand investor in the city. He is New York's answer to Ron Conway.
He saw a big exit in Google's $75 million acquisition of Invite Media, and continued actively investing on his own and as part of Founder Collective. His own startup, Hunch, raised $12 million.
Patrick's company, Associated Content, suffered a huge disappointment in 2009 when an acquisition by AOL was nixed at the eleventh hour.
Patrick bounced right back and got his home run exit in 2010, selling to Yahoo for around $100 million.
He opted not to follow his company to Yahoo, so he's presumably available. Act now, while you still can!
Managing Partners, Lerer Ventures
It almost immediately became one of the top early stage VC funds in New York, with investments in top startups like GroupMe, Venmo, BankSimple, and Fluidinfo.
Both Lerers also kept having success with their own companies. Ken chairs The Huffington Post, Betaworks, and BuzzFeed, and Ben is cofounder and CEO of Thrillist.
Mayor, New York City
Yes, Michael Bloomberg is the mayor (the real one--not the Foursquare one). He's also New York's most successful digital entrepreneur, by a mile (Bloomberg LP).
In 2010, he dramatically ramped up the city's efforts to foster innovation. Under Bloomberg's leadership, the city has begun building startup incubators, and even invested in an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on New York companies.
Partners, Union Square Ventures
The hits kept coming for USV in 2010.
Cofounder and Editor-in-Chief, CEO, President, Huffington Post
The Huffington Post is fast on its way to becoming the biggest news site on earth.
The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal are already in the HuffPo's rear-view mirror, and even The New York Times isn't far ahead.
Even better: the publication is starting to make money, thanks to a sales force brought together by ex-Yahoo Greg Coleman.
Founders, Lima Sky
The Pusenjak brothers' iPhone game Doodle Jump sold like hot cakes this year, bringing them close to $5 million in revenue. After Angry Birds, it's the best selling iPhone game ever.
The Pusenjaks represent a new wave of developers building businesses in mobile.
Cofounder, Invite Media -- acquired by Google
Nat Turner started Invite Media as an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania's business school, Wharton. The demand-side platform took off in the past year, and Google acquired the company for $70 million in June.
Cofounder and CEO, The Receivables Exchange
The Receivables Exchange is possibly the least sexy startup idea we've ever heard: a market for businesses to auction off their accounts receivable as a way of improving their short term liquidity.
The company has managed to stay mostly under the radar, despite a rapidly expanding business, $17 million raised this year, and The Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation award, which it won in September.
Executive Director of Digital Magazine Development, Condé Nast
Wired's iPad was such a critical and commercial success that the New York Observer wrote a profile of Dadich -- the man behind it -- calling him 'the saviour of Condé Nast.'
Dadich was promoted from his job at Wired to Executive Director of Digital Magazine Development, teaching Condé Nast's other magazines how to recreate his success.
Founder and CEO, Knewton
Knewton's adaptive learning test prep courses continued to impress this year. It attracted another $12.5 million in venture capital, and earned Knewton recognition as one of The World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers.
In the few months since it launched this summer, GroupMe has taken off, becoming the most talked about early-stage startup in New York.
The use-one-number-to-text-a-group service attracted an A-list group of investors, and millions of texts have already been sent through the service.
Chief Product Officer, Forbes
DVorkin returned to his old stomping grounds at Forbes when the company acquired his site True/Slant.
As Chief Product Officer, he has begun completely overhauling the publication's online and offline presence.
Founder and CEO, Kickstarter
Kickstarter, a platform for creators to fund projects without giving away equity, made a huge splash back in May when it helped a group of NYU students raise $200,000 to take on Facebook with an open-source alternative.
But this wasn't a one-hit wonder. Over $20 million has been pledged to Kickstarter projects over the past year and a half.
Founder and CEO, Buddy Media
Buddy Media's platform for Facebook marketing took off this year.
The company started the year raising $2.26 million; this month, it raised 10 times that.
Buddy Media has many of the top advertisers world-wide on its platform, and says it will be profitable on over $20 million in sales this year.
Founder and CEO, MediaMath
MediaMath is one of the biggest demand-side platforms, and it is getting rich off the rise of real-time bid advertising.
The company now has over 100 employees, and acquired Adroit earlier this year.
2010 was an exciting year for the incubator/VC hybrid.
Just a month after the company raised $20 million, Twitter began directly competing with the developers in its ecosystem, in which Betaworks is heavily invested.
So far, it seems to be weathering that storm pretty nicely; banner company bit.ly just raised $10 million, and is still growing fast.
Founder and CEO, SecondMarket
SecondMarket raised $15 million from Asian investors with an eye toward expanding its platform for trading illiquid assets east. The company was named one of The World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers.
SecondMarket also teamed up with StockTwits to introduce ticker symbols for private companies, to help aggregate information about them online.
Cofounder and CEO, Meetup
Despite dropping ads from its site, Meetup kept growing its business this year. Revenue is expected to be around $12 million for 2010. The company also introduced the popular new Meetup Everywhere.
CEO, SVP of Multimedia and Distribution, MLBAM
This duo helped preserve Major League Baseball's spot as the most tech-savvy of the major sports leagues this year. MLB's iPad app has racked up over 100,000 downloads despite a $15 price tag.
CEO, Hot Potato (Facebook)
Facebook bought Hot Potato for around $10 million, then promptly shut it down.
Which is to say, Facebook paid $10 million for Shaffer and his team. Shaffer was put in charge of Facebook's new groups feature, which could be a huge development for the social network.
Manager, AOL Ventures
He is also a personal investor in Qwiki, which won TechCrunch Disrupt.
Brown is an overnight fixture in the New York tech community, hosting a variety of meetups to help bolster AOL's startup bona fides.
Founder and CEO, GroundLink, Cofounder, Transit Wireless
Mashinsky is on a mission to make sure New Yorkers are never without Internet access again.
He is part of a joint venture that is wiring the city's subway stations for mobile phone and wifi. Above ground, he is working on transforming livery cabs into a giant, mobile, free wifi network.
SeatGeek is like a smarter version of Kayak for secondary markets in sports and music tickets.
The team raised funding and signed a distribution deal with Yahoo which is helping traffic take off.
President and CEO, Vice Chairman and Head of Worldwide Strategy and Planning, Priceline
Priceline has made an astounding recovery after just barely surviving the dot-com bubble.
Now the stock is soaring, blowing past $350, a 128.8% increase from last year.
Founders, Rent the Runway
The 'Netflix for dresses' continued to impress, boosting its inventory up to 12,000 dresses and generating around $20 million in sales. The company raised $15 million in February.
A pioneer in 'socially targeted advertising', Media6Degrees is growing fast. The company is on track to do over $20 million in revenue this year.
In early 2010, people thought it was crazy that roughly a dozen companies were making clones of a fast growing company called Groupon.
Vacanti and Moran made a huge bet that this wasn't a bubble, but rather just the beginning, and turned their company Yipit into an aggregator for Groupons. Now there are hundreds of Groupon clones, and Yipit has $1.3 million from Ron Conway, RRE, IA, and others.
BankSimple raised $3.1 million for an exciting idea: the company will provide simple front-end banking services, while depositing your money in FDIC-insured wholesale banks.
With no physical branches to support, it plans to get by without hidden fees.
Managing Directors, FirstMark Capital
FirstMark teamed up with the mayor's office to form the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund, a seed fund focused exclusively on startups creating jobs in the city.
Korth, Wiggins, and Mason -- professors at NYU and Columbia and lead scientist at bit.ly, respectively -- formed HackNY to place college students in summer internships with New York startups.
The group is also sponsoring regular hackathons and other events to foster engineering talent in the city.
Director, TechStars New York
Startup accelerator program TechStars is expanding to New York, and David Tisch was tapped to direct the new program.
He's put together an all-star team of mentors and investors for the program. He also remained active as an angel, adding startups like GroupMe, AdStruc, and CollegeOnly to his portfolio (which already featured companies like Boxee and flavours.me).
Michael Yavonditte started 2010 as the CEO and founder of Tracked, a struggling would-be competitor to Yahoo Finance.
Yavonditte and his team radically changed direction, putting Tracked to the side, and launching a new social product that is taking over twitter feeds all over Silicon Alley.
Founder and CEO, Deep Focus
Deep Focus was acquired this year by global marketing agency Engine.
Ian Schafer will remain with the company, working closely with executives Martin Puris and John Bernbach.
Founders, How About We
How About We's novel twist on online dating -- focusing on the actual dates and minimising the online interaction -- attracted a lot of attention and favourable media coverage, as well as investors for a series A.
Cofounder and CEO, Cofounder and CMO, Fashism
Fashism is a site that lets you post photos of your outfits to get feedback from the community.
It's received a lot of positive press coverage from major mainstream media outlets, interest from big name investors, and is starting to take off.
Founder, NYU ITP
The Interactive Telecommunications Program at is a major supporter of innovation in the city, and has produced a number of big successes in NYC tech, including Foursquare's Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert.
Managing Director, New York City Economic Development Corporation
NYCEDC spearheaded many of the Bloomberg administration's pro-tech initiatives, including the BigApps competition and the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund.
NYCEDC is also investing in several startup incubators, starting with the Varick Street Incubator, built in partnership with NYU-Poly.
Founders, Paperless Post
Paperless Post offers an ad-free, sharper-looking alternative to Evite.
It's tough to charge for something the others are giving away for free, but Paperless Post is growing nicely, and has raised $2.5 million so far.
Smartling raised $4 million for its fast, cheap, crowd-sourced translation service.
Bess Levin's work for Dealbreaker is so central to the publication's success that she has been able to single-handedly hold up acquisition talks with the New York Observer -- because Dealbreaker isn't worth buying without her. Attagirl!
Anil Dash and Michael Wolf launched a new media consulting firm this year, after leaving high-profile positions at Six Apart and MTV, respectively.
The company is based in New York, and plans to expand to Silicon Valley by year's end.
Co-Founders, My City Way
After this team's NYC Way app won the city's inaugural BigApps competition last year, the team decided to create similar apps for cities around the world.
The newly formed business picked up the first investment from the NYC Entrepreneurial Fund, announced by Mayor Bloomberg at Disrupt.
Cofounder and CEO, OpenSky
OpenSky offers celebrities and other 'taste makers' an easy way to sell high-end products directly from their blogs and websites.
The platform launched this year, and OpenSky raised $6 million.
Cofounder and CEO, Chief Product Officer, Boxee
Boxee's set-top box for delivering web video to your television finally ships out early next month, in time to compete with Google and Apple over the holidays.
Managing General Partners, Village Ventures
Portfolio company Everyday Health filed for a $100 million IPO in January.
The 'vertical media thesis' that drove Village Ventures' investment in the company is already starting to pan out elsewhere with up-and-comers like Babble and TechMediaNetwork.
Introspectr came out of the inaugural class of SeedStart, a new incubator run by NYC Seed. Introspectr searches all of your online accounts -- Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. -- at once, and even searches behind links and inside attachments.
Chairman and CEO, WebMediaBrands
WebMediaBrands had a busy year of acquisitions, buying-up the assets to Semantic Technology Conference, SemanticUniverse.com, Social Times, RotorBlog, and the social media trade show firm 3rd Power LLC.
Revenue soared as a result.
Rufus Griscom's parenting site grew into one of the top parenting sites on the web, and saw revenue growth of 570%.
The company also raised $3 million.
Cofounder and CEO, Yext
Yext -- 'the next Yellow Pages' -- saw solid growth and launched a new product this year called Yext Rep.
It is a one-stop location for local businesses to keep track of their reputation across numerous consumer review sites.
Cofounder and CEO, Tremor Media
Video advertising network Tremor Media is reporting more than 190 million unique visitors per month.
SAI recently estimated that the company's revenue for the year is likely to be in the $60-70 million range.
Cofounder and CEO, Howcast
Howcast continues to maintain a dominant position as the top mobile how-to video provider in the world.
Over 2 million people have downloaded their apps thus far, over 300,000 of them on the iPad.
SocialFlow's software is an attempt to 'marry science with etiquette.'
It uses real-time analytics to tell companies how and when to tweet to keep their Twitter communications in-line with the natural flow of Twitter.
Associate, DFJ Gotham
Mark's Get Ventures is one of the most influential VC bloggers after Fred Wilson and Chris Dixon.
He's also played an active role fostering the venture communities at Columbia and NYU. He was active in DFJ Gotham's investments in AdStruc, Yipit, and Sailthru.
Wendle, a cofounder of CNET and IFILM, and Klaus, former CEO of Music Nation, teamed up to launch this fund for investing in apps for the iPad and other tablets.
Executive Director, New York Tech Meetup (NYTM)
New York's biggest regular tech event is finally too big to stay an informal organisation.
At the last monthly Meetup, Westheimer announced that NYTM was incorporating as a 501(c), and would open up half of its board seats for public elections by the community.
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