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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.



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, 



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.



More formal digs
When space for a more formal meeting or a presentation is required, conference rooms are available and can be booked in advance.
When space for a more formal meeting or a presentation is required, conference rooms are available and can be booked in advance.



Not-so-formal signage
The co-working space also has a creative flair, with conference room names penned right on the glass.
The co-working space also has a creative flair, with conference room names penned right on the glass.



Just the basics
Workers in this part of the space require little more than a table, a chair, and WiFi. There are small offices available, but those are booked under longer-term leases in the space.
Workers in this part of the space require little more than a table, a chair, and WiFi. There are small offices available, but those are booked under longer-term leases in the space.



ValueStream's managing partners
Greg Neufeld, managing partner/founder (left); Karl Antle, managing partner; and Josh Elwell, managing partner, in the ValueStream Labs office.
Greg Neufeld, managing partner/founder (left); Karl Antle, managing partner; and Josh Elwell, managing partner, in the ValueStream Labs office.



Communal lounge
The TV in the community space is appropriately set to Bloomberg TV.
The TV in the community space is appropriately set to Bloomberg TV.



Thinking caps optional
When it comes time to focus on the next big idea, the Meditation Room can come in handy. Thinking caps are optional, phones are banned, and you are asked to remove your shoes.
When it comes time to focus on the next big idea, the Meditation Room can come in handy. Thinking caps are optional, phones are banned, and you are asked to remove your shoes.



Open kitchen
The kitchen also opens up into the office. It includes a few chairs and couches with high backs and sides to offer added privacy.
The kitchen also opens up into the office. It includes a few chairs and couches with high backs and sides to offer added privacy.



A comfy strategy session
The couches near the kitchen have higher sides, which provide some more privacy for informal meetings.
The couches near the kitchen have higher sides, which provide some more privacy for informal meetings.

 

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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