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DUMBO Represents on “Top 100 Coolest People in Tech”

Five DUMBO companies are ranked among Business Insider’sSilicon Alley Top 100 Coolest People in Tech” – a list highlighting NYC’s key players and entrepreneurs responsible for NYC’s second largest job-sector and reputation as “an amazing place to launch a start-up.”One look and Its not hard to see why Etsy, HowAboutWe, General Assembly, Makers Row, and Pontiflex are top talent to watch:

Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson

 

HowAboutWe co-founders Aaron Schildkrout & Brian Schechter

 

The online dating site start-up How About We is based on a dynamic culture that has raised $15.5 million to date.

The dating website gets major cool points for its Brooklyn location at 20 Jay St. among dozens of other start-ups!

Co-founder, Aaron Schildkrout, likens the firm’s interactive Post-It-Note wall to analog A/B testing.

Senior Engineer, Rebecca Miller-Webster works on HowAboutWe for Couples – just one of the things that has led to nearly 1 million users!

Set up for communication

General Assembly co-founders Adam Pritzker, Jake Schwartz, Brad Hargreaves & Matthew Brimer

General Assembly now makes its home at the new IFP Made In New York Media Center at 30 John Street in DUMBO, where the firm will focus on education – offering classes, and hosting events, career fairs, hackathons, and panel discussions. The new space – celebrating its grand opening this month – is about bringing together innovators in film, video, gaming, technology and more through education, mentorship, entrepreneurship and content creation. (www.nymediacenter.com)

Rendering of the IFP Media Center (Image Courtesy of www.indiewire.com)

Makers Row co-founders Matthew Burnett, Tanya Menendez and Scott Weiner

 

The early-stage DUMBO start-up operating out of the NYU-Poly Incubator, is already making waves with its vision to make the manufacturing process simple to understand and easy to access, Makers Row has just announced a $1 seed round boost that will help support US manufacturers of all sizes by connecting US entrepreneurs with domestic factories.

“The idea of unleashing innovation by democratizing access to factories is very cool. It also brings much-needed business to U.S. manufacturing.” – Forbes.com. (Image courtesy of ecouterre.com)

Menendez, who has worked at Google and Goldman Sachs is passionate about efficiency: Local craftsmen and factories make for cost-effective US manufacturing. – Forbes.com (Image courtesy of Forbes.com)

 

Pontiflex: Zephrin Lasker, Geoff Grauer & Roshan Bangera

 

Sign up for an add? Pontiflex allows people to opt-in to hear more about brands they like – a simple mobile sign-up concept that raised the company $7.7 million of the $19.5 million to date.

Weekly Tea Times boost idea exchanges

Matt Conlen was attracted to Pontiflex through the NYC Turing Fellowship – a fellowship program connecting top students to top start-ups.

To browse the Business Insider 2013 Coolest people in Tech, click here.