New York is not your typical startup city.
But, for the better part of the past few years, the city has seen a surge of startup activity.
New York Tech Week is a one-day event in the heart of the city, and it’s a prime opportunity for new and emerging startups to meet and recruit, attract talent, and raise capital.
In the past two years, more than 2,000 startups have set up shop in the city.
Some of those companies are big names.
“I’m a firm believer in the startup ecosystem, and New York has some really incredible talent,” said Adam Reimer, an executive at a high-profile startup that’s recently relocated to the city from Seattle.
“I think the fact that there’s so much opportunity for New Yorkers to work in startups, especially if you’re a young, ambitious person, is really exciting.”
Forbes’ data shows that there are more than 1,600 companies operating in New Jersey, including hundreds of startups based in New Haven.
“I think New York’s definitely been a hub of startup life for quite some time,” said Michael Scholz, an associate professor of entrepreneurship at Princeton.
“It’s been a hotbed of activity for a long time, and a lot of it has to do with the fact there’s a really large pool of talented people that want to work here.”
There are two main areas where New Yorkers can be more confident about finding work: The first is the New York area, where the state has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 5.6 percent.
There are more people who want to start a business in the area than anywhere else in the United States, according to a study published last year by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Second, there’s the city’s reputation for attracting talented professionals and innovators.
Reimer, for example, started his company, Red Hook Media, in New Hampshire.
The company, which is based in the small town of West Haven, is focused on bringing local talent to New York, he said.
While the startup scene in New England is vibrant, the Bay Area is more of a hub for tech talent than New York.
“It’s kind of a strange place,” said Reimer.
“The Bay Area, while it has a lot more talent, it also has a smaller pool of talent.”
While Reimer and others may be wary of New York in general, they’re hopeful that the region’s technology scene will keep them from going anywhere else.
“The Bay is really the only place where you can actually find talent,” Reimer said.
“If you look at a tech startup, there are so many talented people in the Bay, you can’t go anywhere else.”
If you want to stay ahead of the curve, Reimer recommends heading to New Orleans, which has a large tech scene.
The city has a population of more than 6.5 million, according the New Orleans Business Journal, which also notes that the city is one of the safest major cities in the U.S.
There are also some areas in the New Jersey suburbs that offer a greater opportunity to work for a company, such as Camden, which boasts a population larger than New Jersey’s.
But, if you want a job that’s outside of New Jersey or New York and are looking to get ahead, Reemer recommends working in San Francisco.
That’s the Bay area’s biggest tech hub, and Reimer is excited about the opportunity.
“You can kind of go wherever you want, and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing, is work in the bay,” he said, “and make some money doing it.”
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