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Inside the NYC FinTech Startup Scene

The financial services entrepreneur scene in New York is growing rapidly. Here is one of the many startup shared offices in midtown Manhattan.
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Midtown Manhattan's growing startup scene
ValueStream Labs' midtown office is a few blocks from the Empire State Building. A number of startups currently call this space their main office. In addition to helping entrepreneurs hone business plans, meet with investors, and expand their business, ValueStream has a fund that invests in companies. The skylights in the unique office provide ample natural light.
ValueStream Labs' midtown office is a few blocks from the Empire State Building. A number of startups currently call this space their main office. In addition to helping entrepreneurs hone business plans, meet with investors, and expand their business, ValueStream has a fund that invests in companies. The skylights in the unique office provide ample natural light.

 

Greg MacSweeney is editorial director of InformationWeek Financial Services, whose brands include Wall Street & Technology, Bank Systems & Technology, Advanced Trading, and Insurance & Technology. View Full Bio

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Becca L
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5/30/2014 | 2:29:00 PM
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An "upgrade" - Clever, Greg, very clever. I hope the new name really differntiates itself from the scene in SF, not that it isnn't wonderful, but there are so many unique things going on here I feel it can stand on its own, the name should reflect that.
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Greg MacSweeney,
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5/27/2014 | 9:12:58 AM
Re: Startup
Silicon Alley has been used for the NYC tech scene for a long time But, maybe it is time for an 'upgrade.'
Becca L
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Becca L,
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5/23/2014 | 12:18:31 PM
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I think startups are like a playground for interior designers. Look at how much FUN that space is!
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Jonathan_Camhi,
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5/23/2014 | 12:13:59 PM
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I never thought about that before, but the way you put it, it definitely makes sense to consider the aesthetics in these kinds of facilities. First impressions count for a lot in business.
Becca L
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Becca L,
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5/23/2014 | 11:33:47 AM
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From talking to a few startups, the most important elements to a shared workplace are the networks you can build with the peers aroudn you and events the office set up.

The other is swanky conference rooms. Imagine having a big potential buy-side client coming by, these sleek rooms make a big favorable impression. ValueStream's offices are beautiful and definitely feel high-energy.

 
Becca L
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Becca L,
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5/23/2014 | 11:27:59 AM
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I secretly have the same fear, Bryan. The scene is growing exponentially and the name will soon follow. I hope it's a clever one. Really, really hope.
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Kelly22,
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5/23/2014 | 10:34:47 AM
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Agreed! This is a really cool, modern workspace. I like how the office lends itself to creative meetings, serious discussion, solo brainstorming and group chats. Seems like a productive environment for a startup. 
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Byurcan,
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5/23/2014 | 10:18:27 AM
Startup
The tech startup scene in NYC is definitely growing, though we could definitely come up with a better name that " silicon alley"
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