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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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Though there is no official count of financial services technology startups, observers say there has been a surge of activity in the past year or so, especially in New York, Boston, and Chicago.

ValueStream Labs, a firm that helps connect entrepreneurs, investors, and financial services professionals, has two offices in Manhattan in partnership with OfficeLinks, a leading NYC office space provider. Its large co-working space, seen in the following slideshow, can seat entrepreneurs from many firms. ValueStream is an investor in ChartIQ and Estimize, two of the more established vendors whose employees sometimes use this location while in New York for meetings.

Communal workspace
As it is at many co-working offices, communal workspace is a central feature of this facility. Workers can gather informally to share ideas or have quick meetings.
As it is at many co-working offices, communal workspace is a central feature of this facility. Workers can gather informally to share ideas or have quick meetings.

Click below to continue the photo tour of ValueStream's NYC digs, 

 

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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Byurcan
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5/23/2014 | 10:18:27 AM
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The tech startup scene in NYC is definitely growing, though we could definitely come up with a better name that " silicon alley"
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. 
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.

 
Jonathan_Camhi
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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 | 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!
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.
Greg MacSweeney
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Greg MacSweeney,
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5/27/2014 | 9:12:58 AM
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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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5/30/2014 | 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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