The most useful event for me so far, was Richie's last event, where around 50 people sat around a (very big) table and talked about one problem they were having in turn and got suggestions.
I think the key is to have MANY events. From Richie's SeedingIt.com, Gary's SAR, Peter's Web2NewYork, Center Networks, SAI, and more BarCamp's. These events should attract the seasoned entrepreneurs and investors as well as the newcomers.
I think the litmus test for New York is this scenario: Larry and Sergey are in New York and they are not connected yet (and no, they did not conveniently work for an investment bank or a VC before) and they try to start Google in NYC. If they can get to where they are today in NYC, then we have what we are looking for.
On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 11:56 AM, Rich Hecker <[address removed]> wrote:
I've been thinking about the community question for a while. My estimate is that we have about[masked] tech entrepreneurs in nyc and a total community of around 7000 people in the startup space (not counting employees). These are guesses btw so feel free to disagree.
We have people and groups but no one has brought them together. I"m trying to do this a bit with my happy hours having groups from all sides as cohosts and i've got a couple of other events in planning. Community will develop as a result of 2 things 1) information sharing between successful entrepreneur's and 2) investors and entrpreneurs working from the same side of the table....the idea is to build community beyond people that go to network because they have to netwrok or are looking for something. Sustainable community requires serious people on all sides that add net value to the group and can share experiences.
We don't have this now, i'd love to work with anyone whose trying to make it so.
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