Yahoo’s $US1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr really put New York tech on the map this year.
But over the past few years, New York City has become a tech hotspot.
New York has become home to some of the tech industry’s most promising companies, including Etsy, Rap Genius, Makerbot, Kickstarter, Tumblr, and Infor.
All in all, it’s been a great year for New York Tech. So we created the Silicon Alley 100 to celebrate people who did the coolest things in 2013.
So what constitutes someone who’s done something cool?
We prioritised entrepreneurs over investors, since it’s a lot harder to start a company than to fund one. We particularly prioritised startups with amazing exits and people who had big, game-changing roles at the tech companies.
Next, we valued companies that really exploded over the last year (the Upworthys and the Vines), followed by entrepreneurs who launched cool new companies. Then we dove deeper into the ecosystem and recognised the money behind the startups — the angel and early-stage investors.
Thanks to all of the people who make New York an amazing place to launch a startup.
Many companies on the list share investors with Business Insider.
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We would like to thank the many readers who took the time to send us nominations.
Founder, The Dating Ring
Lauren Kay recently set out to help New Yorkers find love through group dates. What sets The Dating Ring apart from the rest is its free, full-service matchmaking service and emphasis on group dates.
The young startup is still in beta, but is actively adding new members every week.
Pontiflex is a thriving online advertising startup that powers a new type of mobile ad platform called Sign-up Ads, which allows people to opt-in to hear more about the brands they like.
HowAboutWe, a dating website that markets itself as 'the modern love company' and connects users by allowing them to post and browse date ideas, raised $US4.2 million this year, bringing its total raised to $US22 million. The site also extended its subscription-based couples product, which charges users $US18 per month for discounts and free dates, to two new cities. The site currently adds about 100,000 users a month.
Co-founders, General Assembly
General Assembly made the tough decision this year to close down its co-working space for startups to focus more on education. Starting in 2014, about 100 entrepreneurs will need to find a new place to call home.
General Assembly will continue to offer classes and host events, career fairs, hackathons, and panel discussions at its space in New York.
This year, Heather Marie introduced a new platform for merchants so that e-commerce sites can market their products on the websites of publishers.
72Lux's publisher network has a reach of over 75 million monthly unique visitors, and serves millions of product views each month.
Back in July, Marie was named one of this year's Women in Digital by L'Oreal USA.
CEO, Social Bicycles
This year, Ryan Rzepecki of Manhattan-based Social Bicycles brought bike sharing to Hoboken, N.J. Earlier this year, SoBi closed a $US1.3 million round of financing from investors including David S. Rose, Esther Dyson, SOS Ventures, and Karl Ulrich.
94. Alex Bedder, Lynn Maharas, Kuan Huang, Paul Murphy, Karthick Ramakrishnan, Annalise Domenighini, and Grant Custer
Poncho, a new startup out of Betaworks, offers amusing daily weather updates by SMS or email. It learns your daily routine, like when you wake up, if you have pets, when you typically go to work, etc.
The idea is for Poncho to become part of users' daily routines; almost 10,000 people have subscribed so far.
Cindy Gallop launched MakeLoveNotPorn.com back in 2009 to highlight the difference between porn and real sex and, ultimately, the impact that technology has had on our sex lives. Because of the extraordinary response that site received, Gallop launch MakeLoveNotPorn.tv this year, to continue her mission to socialize real world sex and make it socially acceptable and shareable as anything else we share on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram.
CEO, TBG Digital
Simon Mansell of TBG Digital is one of Facebook's biggest ad buyers. Part of his responsibilities include handling clients and hundreds of millions of dollars in paid media on the social network.
TBG was also named as one of Twitter's first Ads API partners -- meaning the company got early access to en masse media buying on Twitter.
General Counsel, Spotify
Spotify has been on a tear this year since they started getting a lot more brand friendly. Spotify is working with brands to develop a 'follow' feature that lets companies share branded playlists and other content with music listeners.
In June, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Spotify will bring 130 new engineering and tech jobs to NYC by the end of 2014 as part of its expansion to the city.
Spotify is also reportedly working on becoming both an on-demand music and video service, one that would compete with services like Netflix and HBO.
Under the leadership of Kerry Trainor, Vimeo launched an on-demand service that lets its Pro users charge viewers a fee to watch their videos. With Vimeo On Demand, Pro users can get 90% of all the revenue.
Vimeo also made its way into iOS 7, replacing YouTube as the operating system's official video app. That means iOS 7 users can directly upload videos to Vimeo from the Camera and Photo apps.
Jonathan Zabusky helped seal the deal on a merger between Seamless and GrubHub this year. As part of the merger, Seamless will be able to serve more than 500 cities and offer food from 20,000 restaurants nationwide. That effectively makes it a $US100 million business, based on both of the companies' earnings last year.
Hefter recently set out to help schools make the most of out old technology. His company, Neverware, started installing its software in schools earlier this year. To date, the company has raised $US1 million from Thrive Capital, Khosla Ventures, General Catalyst, Collaborative Fund, and Nihal Mehta.
Founder and CEO, AdYapper
AdYapper made its debut at the TechStars NYC demo day back in June. When Elliot Hirsch entered TechStars, AdYapper had no revenue and no clients.
Now, AdYapper has clients, one of which spends $US4 million a year on digital advertising. Just last month, AdYapper raised a $US1.2 million seed round led by KGC Capital with participation from David Cohen, Laurel Touby, Paul Sethi, Sameer Jagetia, Ari Newman, Vip Sandhir, and Dave Lerner.
Adam Ludwin and Devon Gundry (based in California) recently launched a new social photo album app called Albumatic because they believe most people are bored by Facebook.
The idea behind Albumatic is to make it dead simple to quickly combine camera rolls and image galleries with friends and family.
Back in March, Albumatic raised $US4.5 million from RRE Ventures, Thrive Capital, SV Angel, Highline Ventures, CrunchFund, Box Group, and Betaworks.
CEO, AOL's Brand Group
As the current CEO of AOL's brand growth, Susan Lyne oversees all of AOL's content properties, with the exception of the Huffington Post. Thanks to Lyne, AOL has increased its investment in programmatic advertising, hoping ot rival Google's DoubleClick division.
Chad Dickerson is the genius behind Etsy, the crafts and artistic items marketplace. The site is growing and has been profitable since 2009. Given that success, a lot of people have speculated about an IPO. But despite rumours, Dickerson says he has no plans for an IPO.
Etsy has 1 million active sellers on its platform. Most of its revenue comes from charging sellers $US0.20 to list a single item for four months, and then 3.5% of the value of the sale if an item sells.
Alexis Ohanian has made a name for himself as the 'Hero of the Internet.' So it's no surprise that Ohanian decided to cold call his congresswoman about cyber security bill CISPA on stage at South by South West earlier this year.
Back in July, Ohanian teamed up with The Verge to launch a video series called 'Small Empires.' As part of the series, Ohanian visits rising startups throughout New York City.
Ohanian also released a book this year entitled 'Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.'
CEO, Gilt Groupe
In late February, Gilt Groupe board member Michelle Peluso took over as the company's CEO, replacing its chairman, Kevin Ryan.
Since Peluso joined, she's said that Gilt Groupe is definitely a target for an IPO, but that the company is not in a rush to go public.
(Full disclosure: Ryan is also a co-founder and chairman of Business Insider.)
Managing Director, TechStars
Nicole Glaros, the new managing director of TechStars NYC, was tasked with the job of filling Dave Tisch's shoes, who stepped down from the role last August.
Glaros previously managed TechStars Boulder, but was pulled in to serve as interim managing director.
Co-founders, Maker's Row
Maker's Row is an online marketplace that connects manufacturers with product-based businesses of all sizes. It's essentially a matchmaker for fashion designers and manufactures.
Back in July, Maker's Row raised $US1 million from Index Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Alexis Ohanian, and Joanne Wilson.
WunWun is a super useful on-demand service for your city. The app lets you order essentially anything in your city for delivery in under an hour. In September, WunWun launched free delivery from Manhattan stores.
Before Bondsy even launched this year, it had already secured funding from Thrive Capital, Betaworks, Chris Dixon, Patrick Keane, Jared Hecht, and Steve Martocci.
It's arguably a safer version of Craigslist since only the people connected to you can see what you're selling. It also doesn't require a cash-only exchange, meaning you could offer to 'sell' a bike in exchange for a dinner on the buyer's dime.
Samantha John and Jocelyn Leavitt recently set out on a mission to teach girls and boys how to code.
In April, Hopscotch launched the beta version of its iPad app to teach kids computer programming. Hopscotch allows kids to make programs from blocks of code.
During its first week, the app was downloaded 20,000 times. One of John's early favourites was a kid-created game that turns an iPad into an Etch-a-Sketch.
Executive Editor, LinkedIn
Dan Roth is the one of the people behind LinkedIn's drive to become a media powerhouse.
Under Roth's leadership, LinkedIn Today has become a go-to tool for consuming news, and its influencer program allows easy access inside the minds of prominent people such as Mark Cuban, Richard Branson, and Barack Obama. building up its LinkedIn Today news product. Back in May, LinkedIn added Channels to help people discover news in areas like social media, technology, retail, and health care.
Andy Dunn is reportedly in the midst of raising his third fund for Red Swan Ventures. Since launching in 2007, Dunn has raised at least $US35 million for the firm.
Meanwhile, Dunn's clothing company Bonobos raised $US30 million back in March, and closed a deal with Nordstrom. Bonobos also opened a few retail stores.
Partners, Lerer Ventures
Lerer Ventures is a seed-stage investment firm in New York. This year, the firm scored a big win when Makerbot merged with Stratasys (the deal valued Makerbot at $US403 million, with potential earnouts of $US201 million -- Lerer Ventures invested $US10 million into the company in 2011). Other notable exits: Bluefin Labs was acquired by Twitter for $US80 million, Cue was acquired by Apple for $US50 million, GDGT was acquired by AOL for the 'high 7-figures,' Qwiki was acquired by Yahoo for $US50 million, and Pulse was acquired by LinkedIn for $US90 million.
Partners, RRE Ventures
RRE, an early-stage venture capital firm, has made some big investments this year, from a men's fashion site called Trumaker and Co. to monthly dog-treat subscription service BarkBox. The company also saw some substantial payouts from various acquisitions of its portfolio companies, including BrainTree (Ebay acquired it for $US800 million) and Whiptail (Cisco acquired it for $US415 million), and Makerbot (valued at $US403 million), which merged with Stratasys.
Full disclosure: RRE is an investor in Business Insider
Director of Communications; CRO, Foursquare
Earlier this year, Brendan Lewis left startup Living Social to join Foursquare as its director of communications. Ever since Lewis joined Foursquare, people started to regain some faith in the company. Lewis has been instrumental in helping Foursquare tell the world the story of its data, API, and highly trafficked website.
Things also started looking up for Foursquare this year thanks in part to Steven Rosenblatt, its chief revenue officer. Rosenblatt recently said he's convinced that the company has proven its business model. This year, Foursquare is expected to generate about $US10-15 million in revenue.
Founder, Stealth Startup
Jared Hecht left Microsoft this year to pursue his own finance-related startup. Skype (which sold to Microsoft) previously acquired GroupMe, a messaging startup founded by Hecht and Steve Martocci, for a rumoured $US85 million with earn-outs.
A couple of years ago, Matthew Rosenberg, Andy Thompson, and Michael Constantiner shut down their group messaging app, Fast Society. Now, they're onto their next venture.
Earlier this month, Rosenberg and the team launched Cameo, a mobile app for slightly long-form video. With Cameo, users can create two-minute videos, but each clip cannot be longer than six seconds.
Jon Stein and Eli Broverman essentially built Betterment from scratch, including the regulatory process, to become the premiere financial tech company in New York.
The online investment company raised $US10 million late last year from Bessemer Venture Partners and Menlo Ventures.
It has raised about $US15 million in funding to date and is approaching $US300,000,000 of assets under management (the money invested by their customers).
Editor of Valleywag; senior writer at Gawker
Sam Biddle helped revive Valleywag this year to serve as the go-to site to get your daily fix of gossip and debauchery in the tech industry. Biddle has become infamous in the tech industry for calling a spade a spade, and consistently mocks and calls out people in both Silicon Alley and Silicon Valley.
Since joining Valleywag in April, Biddle has made a point to target the wealthy executives in Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley. He has also targeted the tech press, including PandoDaily and even Business Insider.
Nitasha Tiku left BetaBeat this year to join Gawker as a senior writer.
Founders, Blue Apron
VC-turned-entrepreneur Matt Salzberg wants to help people without a lot of time to cook to eat healthier. Back in April, Blue Apron raised a $US5 million Series B round.
Blue Apron sends weekly ingredients to its subscribers. To date, it ships ingredients for more than 100,000 meals per month.
BarkBox is a dog-owner's dream created by a trio of self-proclaimed dog lovers. Their subscription e-commerce and content company sends a monthly box full of dog goodies to owners' doors.
Meeker, Strife, and Werdelin have created strategic partnerships with Groupon and LivingSocial, and Barkbox has secured funding from investors including RRE and 500 Startups.
Back in April, BarkBox raised $US1.5 million led by RRE Ventures.
Founder and CEO, Go Try It On
Marissa Evans joined Rent the Runway this year, following an acquisition of her fashion app Go Try It On. Now, Evans leads the new 'Radical Innovation' team at Rent the Runway.
Chief Digital Officer; Mayor, New York City
Rachel Haot is the country's first chief digital officer. She's responsible for working alongside NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg to bolster the city's startup ecosystem and modernize old infrastructure like phone booths.
Since 2011, Haot has increased the number of media channels the government uses to interact with its constituents. Under Haot and Bloomberg's leadership, New York City has started campaigns to reinvent payphones and launched an initiative to install at least 77 new touchscreen kiosks in subway stations throughout its five boroughs.
Partners, First Round Capital
This year, First Round Capital expanded its Dorm Room Fund to New York. As part of DRF, college students are tasked with finding smart entrepreneurs on their college campuses.
The firm also launched content hub First Round Review. The idea is to something like the Harvard Business Review for the startup industry.
First Round has backed companies like Fab, Path, and One Kings Lane. It was also an early seed investor in Uber, which has a rumoured valuation of $US3.4 billion.
Co-founders; CEO, COO, CTO, ZocDoc
Billion-dollar startup ZocDoc announced this year that its users have booked 1,000 different types of appointments, be that for marriage counseling sessions, physicals, or for psychiatric evaluations.
Back in June, ZocDoc raised a $US55 million convertible debt note. This year, we also found out that insurance company Aetna once tried to buy ZocDoc for more than $US300 million, but the founders turned it down.
Founded in 2007, ZocDoc has raised nearly $US100 million to date to help people schedule in-network doctor appointments.
Before starting Hatch, formerly known as Makeably, both Anastasia Leng and Ryan Hayward worked at Google.
'Google's a phenomenal company,' Leng previously told Business Insider. 'But I just needed to do this.'
Hatch aims to help makers utilise their underlying skill set to further expand their product offerings and range, and take the risk part of it out. At the same time, it's enabling everyday people to purchase one-of-a-kind items and also remix items.
Just this month, Hatch unveiled interactive hotspots to assist in the customisation and personalisation process.
Since May, Hatch has grown 30% month over month in new makers and products. It has also doubled its user base.
David Tisch is one of the smartest early-stage investors in New York. This year, two of BoxGroup's portfolio companies had nice exits. Vine, the fastest-growing app of the year, sold to Twitter late last year, and Boxee sold to Samsung for a reported $US30 million in July.
Co-founders; CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Fab
Fab's 2013 has been full of major highs and major lows. In this year alone, Fab has raised $US165 million, for a total of $US336 million in venture funding. But the year has also been plagued with layoffs. Just this month, Fab let go a second round of workers, bringing its total employee head count to about 440.
To help offset Fab's burn rate, its CEO Jason Goldberg and CTO Nishith Shah will forfeit their 2014 salaries.
Charles Phillips has made a big comeback this year. In fact, he's quietly becoming the 'Steve Jobs' of business software.
In 2013, Infor hit almost $US2.8 billion in revenues, up from $US2.2 billion when he first joined the company.
Songza, an app and website that lets users select playlists based on their moods, raised $US4.7 million in private equity funding this fall. The company also boasts a 50% retention rate for its more than 2 million users.
Back in June, Songza's iPad app hit number one in the 'top free' category.
YPlan founders Rytis Vitkauskas and Viktoras Jucikas brought their startup from London to New York this year. Since debuting in London in November 2012, YPlan has partnered with venues and artists like The Brunel Museum, The O2 Arena, and Kanye West. Back in June, Y Plan closed a $US12 million Series A round led by General Catalyst Partners.
Hunter Lee Soik, the former creative consultant for Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' tour, wants to help you remember your dreams with a new startup called Shadow.
This fall, Shadow launched its Kickstarter campaign. It was able to surpass its goal of $US50,000 before the funding period even ended.
Shadow will gently wake you up with escalating alarms and then immediately prompt you to either type or speak about your dreams. Over time, you'll be able to explore if your dream is unique or recurring, and if so, how often it happens. You can choose to share your dreams with other people, or keep them totally private.
Eventually, Shadow will be able to determine what people dream about during thunderstorms, or if teachers dream differently than journalists.
Ben Hindman and Brett Boskoff launched Splash just last year, but it's already nearly profitable. Investors have called Splash a hot startup to watch and was the 'winner' of South by Southwest this year. It powered nearly 200 events and collected 384,000 RSVPs.
During NY Internet Week, Hindman was named Webutante Ball King.
Just this month, Steve Martocci and Matt Aiomenetti (based in California) raised $US2.75 million from an impressive group of investors including Union Square Ventures, True Ventures, Lerer Ventures, SV Angel, First Round Capital, Code Advisors, Rob Wiesenthal, David Tisch, and Seth Goldstein.
A founder of GroupMe, which sold to Skype for a rumoured $US85 million in 2011, Martocci left the company just this past August.
Brian O'Kelley has been hailed as the king of adtech. The 5-year-old company is a fast-growing one. Its servers process 16 billion ad buys per day, and handled about $US700 million in ad spending last year.
Back in September, AppNexus did a huge deal with Millennial Media to create the Millennial Media Exchange. AppNexus is widely expected to be considering an IPO in the near future.
A team of former Foursquare designers pivoted from an email app to a must-have calendar app this year. Upon launch, people quickly went gaga over it for its elegance and ease of use.
Ranku launched just three months ago, but it's already cash-flow positive. Going forward, Ranku wants to solve some of the biggest, most complicated issues in education and close the skills gap.
That's likely thanks to Taylor's chops in both education and sales, and Retelle's skills with education policy. Retelle is the former senior director of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Just last month, Taylor and Retelle secured a $US500,000 investment from prolific investor Mark Cuban.
Bryan Goldberg, co-founder of Bleacher Report, raised $US6.5 million this year to launch a new site geared toward women called Bustle.
Its investors include Social + Capital Partnership, Time Warner Investments, Google Ventures, 500 Startups, Rothenberg Ventures, friends, and family.
Co-founders, Flatiron Health
Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg have quite the ambitious mission. They want to fight cancer. Earlier this year, Flatiron Health attracted an impressive group of people and firms to back it. It raised $US8 million in a Series A round led by Google Ventures, with participation from First Round Capital, Laboratory Corporation of America, Great Oaks Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, SV Angel, IA Ventures, and a group of angels.
Lulu lets women anonymously rate men they know. Since launching its app in February, Lulu has grown to 1 million users.
Back in February, Lulu secured an additional $US2.5 million from Yuri Milner, Hosain Rahman, Alexander Asseily, Bill Tai, Dave Morin, Vivi Nevo, Passion Capital, and PROfounders Capital.
Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol founded The Li.st, a visibility platform committed to helping awesome women help other awesome women. Both Skylar and MacNicol are digital media veterans and write a thrice-weekly newsletter that highlights the different accomplishments, ventures, and projects of connected women. The Li.st also hosts panels, seminars, meet ups, and conferences.
Disclosure: Glynnis MacNicol previously worked as a media editor at Business Insider.
Co-founders, Grand St.
Grand St. launched this year to give people access to some of the coolest gadgets. The boutique offers new products to members every other day. But since it's a flash sales site, you have to act fast.
What makes Grand St. especially unique is that it tests each and every gadget it sells. Back in April, the site raised $US1.3 million in funding.
This trio, which includes two ex-Googlers, joined Yahoo late last year when Marissa Mayer decided to acqui-hire the startup. Stamped was the first of many startups acquired by Yahoo under the leadership of Mayer. The three now work for Yahoo in New York.
Stamped was a mobile app that let users keep track of their favourite things, from restaurants to books, movies, and music.
Doug Imbruce was lucky enough this year to be one of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's acquisition targets. Ever since Mayer joined Yahoo, she's placed a strong emphasis on mobile. Given that Qwiki was super mobile-heavy and cheap, it became a prime target. So in July, Yahoo purchased Qwiki for a reported $US50 million.
Founder and CEO, Fancy
Joe Einhorn has been on a tear lately. His e-commerce startup, Fancy, recently raised $US60 million at a $US600 million valuation. That's an increase of $US500 million from its valuation last year.
Fancy's investors include actor Will Smith, American Express billionaire Len Blavatnik, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kanye West, and Drake.
Fancy brings in $US100,000 in revenue per day, so that's about $US3 million in revenue per month. Last year, Apple was in talks to acquire Fancy, but nothing has come of it.
Founder and Executive Director, Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani founded the highly influential high school program, Girls Who Code. Saujani launched Girls Who Code last summer as an eight-week intensive program where high school women learn the basics of Ruby, HTML, Java, and more.
Since then, Saujani and Kristen Titus have been working to close the gender gap in engineering and increase the number of women involved with software engineering.
Girls Who Code's partners include Goldman Sachs Group, Twitter, Intel, and eBay.
Media startup PolicyMic recently raised $US3 million to further serve millennials. PolicyMic is focused on 'lighter and more entertaining content.' On any given day, PolicyMic publishes between 50 and 100 pieces of content.
Smartling, the language startup that powers translations for Uber, Dropbox, and Pinterest, recently raised a $US24 million Series C round led by Tenaya Capital.
In the last 12 months, Smartling has more than tripled its revenues and has added over 120 new enterprise customers in that same period.
This year, style and culture website Refinery29 raised $US25.6 million in funding, acquired creative technology agency Socialbomb, and completely revamped its site and brand. Both Stefano and von Borries are first-time founders who had never worked in fashion, but their company is now worth an estimated $US100 million.
CEO, Complex Media
It was a big year for Complex Media and its CEO Rich Antoniello. In March, Complex Media acquired Sole Collector, the leading sneaker culture brand.
In September, the style and entertainment network for men raised $US25 million from brands like Iconix Brand Group, the owner of Rocawear, Ecko Unlimited, Umbro, and others. As part of the investment, Iconix CEO Neil Cole, brother of designer Kenneth Cole, joined the board.
Co-founders, Rap Genius
The Rap Genius team has made major headlines this year, for their apparent beef with Mark Zuckerberg, and their claim that their site will eventually be bigger than Facebook.
Earlier this year, Rap Genius launched a new project called Poetry Brain. Instead of annotating rap songs, Poetry Brain offers crowdsourced annotations of classic literary texts, poetry, academic papers, and even political speeches.
Rap Genius also launched a new tool called Rap Stats for tracking the popularity of words in rap songs.
President and COO, Founder and CEO, BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed, the site full of cute animals and news, raised a nice $US19.3 million in a Series D round earlier this year at a $US200 million valuation. It's an incredibly successful publication, generates about $US50 million in annual revenue, and is profitable.
In March, BuzzFeed and CNN teamed up to launch a joint venture on YouTube called CNN BuzzFeed.
24. Alex Crisses, Deven Parekh, Jeff Horing, Jeff Lieberman, Larry Handen, Michael Triplett, Peter Sobiloff, Richard Wells, Ryan Hinkle
Managing Directors, Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners, the firm behind Tumblr and Twitter, had a big year. In May, Insight Venture Partners' portfolio company Tumblr sold to Yahoo for $US1.1 billion. Just a week later, IVP announced that it closed a massive new $US2.57 billion fund.
Founder and Managing Director, Activate
Michael Wolf was one of the people responsible for hiring Marissa Mayer as Yahoo's new CEO. Before Mayer joined, Wolf was an important ally for former Yahoo interim CEO Ross Levinsohn. Back in July, Wolf left Yahoo's board.
Hedge Fund Manager, Third Point
A year after joining the Yahoo board and convincing it to hire Marissa Mayer as CEO, Dan Loeb left back in July after he had already made a fortune.
In July, Loeb's hedge fund, Third Point, sold 40 million shares of Yahoo back to Yahoo.
CEO; Investor, Aereo
Aereo, the paid service that lets you watch live network television on the Internet, has hundreds of thousands of TV antennas crammed into its single-floor office in Brooklyn.
These dime-sized, tiny antennas are part of what makes it possible for Aereo to stream live television to its one million customers.
As part of the service, every subscriber rents a pair of those tiny antennas so they can watch live TV while recording another show, or watch live TV on two different devices at the same time.
Diller, an investor in Aereo through IAC, has previously defended Aereo and wants to help the startup on its mission to disrupt the traditional cable industry.
Co-founders, CEO, Nomi
These three former Salesforce executives were able to raise $3 million in just 13 days for their new marketing startup, Nomi, earlier this year.
Nomi brings real-time customer data to brick and mortar stores by leveraging shoppers' cell phones. Nomi gives retailers a snippet of code to let wireless routers detect nearby smartphone signals.
Creators, Dots by Betaworks
This spring, Dots was hands-down the hottest iPhone game. After just one week, more than 1 million people played the game more than 25 million times. Within 16 days, users had played the game 100 million times.
Dots is the highly addictive puzzle game that is very simple, yet beautifully designed. Back in August, Dots launched on Android.
Founder, Bowery Capital
Mike Brown Jr., the co-founder of AOL's venture arm, left the firm this year to start his own early-stage venture capital firm. Brown was able to secure $US33 million for Bowery Capital, where he invests in about 25 startups per year in their seed and Series A rounds.
Angel Investor, High Line Venture Partners
Shana Fisher is arguably one of New York's smartest investors -- one who has a reputation for being able to spot hot new startups and Internet trends early on. Fisher led the angel round in 3D printing startup MakerBot, which sold in June to fellow 3D printing company Stratasys in a deal worth roughly $US403 million. High Line VP also invested in Vine, the video-sharing app that sold to Twitter last October.
Co-founders, Urban Compass
Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin's young startup Urban Compass is quickly gaining traction in New York. The five-month-old startup, which aims to help people find apartments in New York, is already worth $US150 million following a recent $US20 million round of funding.
Allon's first company sold to Google, and his second company sold to Twitter.
Founder, Thrive Capital and Oscar
Joshua Kushner quietly hired 25 employees and raised $US40 million to launch Oscar, a new health care startup this year. Oscar will be a full-blown insurance company to rival popular entities like Atena and UnitedHeath. This fall, Oscar will start enrolling New Yorkers who are seeking insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Oscar is set to officially launch in January 2014.
Under the leadership of CEO Max Schireson and its chairman Dwight Merriman, MongoDB became the king of NYC startups this year. Just this month, MongoDB raised $US150 million from EMC Corp, Salesforce, Red Hat, Intel, NEA, and Sequoia Capital at a $US1.2 billion valuation.
CEO; Editorial Director; General Manager; SVP/CEO, Betaworks/Digg
It was a pretty big year for Betaworks, the technology studio that produces startups. Digg, which is owned by Betaworks, was quick to announce that it would build its own RSS reader platform, shortly after Google announced that it would shut down Reader.
In fact, Betaworks acquired read-it-later app Instapaper just a couple of months before it unveiled its new Digg Reader. That's because Betaworks CEO John Borthwick thought Instapaper would be a 'perfect fit' with the Digg Reader.
Betaworks also made headlines this year when it released Dots, the highly addictive puzzle game.
Joe Meyer became an Apple employee following the company's acquisition of his transit-mapping startup HopStop. Now, Meyer's on the Geo team at Apple, where he's helping the team improve its Maps app.
Belsky and Corea bootstrapped design site Behance for six years before raising any money. Following a $US150 million acquisition last December, Behance has since become integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud and has helped Adobe create more of a community around its services.
Vine has had quite a year. Shortly after Twitter acquired the video sharing app, Twitter officially launched Vine in January.
It also inadvertently played a huge role in the coverage of the Boston Marathon explosion. One Vine video of the explosion went absolutely viral.
Partners, Union Square Ventures
It was a big year for Fred Wilson and the gang at Union Square Ventures. Wilson was an early investor in Tumblr and Twitter, both of which had major wins this year. Tumblr sold to Yahoo for $US1.1 billion, and Twitter filed its IPO.
As part of the sale to Yahoo, USV took home about $US200 million from a $US13 million total investment in Tumblr.
Wilson also made his first investment in nearly two years when he invested in Coinbase, a startup that makes transactions through the web with Bitcoin.
Bre Pettis and the team at MakerBot are aiming to lead the next industrial revolution. This year, MakerBot merged with fellow 3D printing company Stratasys in a deal worth $US403 million. MakerBot will continue to operate as a distinct brand and subsidiary of Stratasys and will give MakerBot more resources to further grow, and push its mission even further.
CEO, Tremor Media
Under the leadership of its CEO Bill Day, online video ad network Tremor Video did an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange in June and raised $US75 million.
Earlier this month, Tremor Video launched a VideoHub Connect to allow bidding and buying through its advertising platform.
Twitter acquired Jim Payne's company, MoPub, for $US350 million in stock last month. MoPub is a mobile ad network, ad serving business, and real time bidding exchange.
Founder and CEO, Tumblr
David Karp became fantastically rich this year when Tumblr sold to Yahoo for $US1.1 billion. Karp resides in a 'mildly Steampunk' apartment in Williamsburg, a young, hip neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York. He loves New York and simply doesn't understand why anyone would want to live in Silicon Valley, even though many of his business peers are based there.
This year, Shutterstock founder and CEO Jon Oringer became NYC's first tech startup billionaire. He also created one of the internet's first pop-up blockers and is a certified commercial helicopter pilot.
Shutterstock, a stock photo and video site, went public last October.
The 39-year-old owns about 55% of Shutterstock. His 18.5 million shares were valued at $US1 billion in June.
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