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

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HowAboutWe co-founders Aaron Schildkrout & Brian Schechter

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

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

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

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

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Set up for communication

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

13_10_28_Firm_GA_011-435x310.jpgGeneral 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)

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

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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.

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"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)

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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)

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Pontiflex: Zephrin Lasker, Geoff Grauer & Roshan Bangera

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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.

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Weekly Tea Times boost idea exchanges

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

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