The 9 Best Startup and Tech Offices in New York City
New York City really seems to have everything – weather, people, architecture,entertainment, and business. And one area that I’ve grown really fond of in myyears of running Office Snapshots, is their tech and startup culture. Giventhat I love offices so much, it comes as no surprise that I find many of theoffices in New York to be particularly amazing. And because the city seems todo everything big, I find the same spirit to be present in their officesdesigns.Unfortunately, the city has so many businesses vying for space, it wouldalmost seem that the most difficult step in designing a great office would beto actually rent office space in New York.For those of you dreaming of moving your company to New York or just dreamingof having a nicer office, I’ve put together an inspiring list of tech andstartup companies with great offices in New York.Do you have any favorites I missed?—
General Assembly is a tech startup hub that houses many companies in theirinitial stages of life. One company above, Yipit, worked out of the spacebefore graduating to their own office. The large office boasts a lot of lightand amazing style, using a good amount of Vitra furniture.(full tour)
Aol Ventures offers space in their New York City office to companies they haveinvested in. The office space uses an open plan layout, but does have severalareas companies can excape into for privacy. There are also quite a few piecesof art around bringing a creative aesthetic to the space. (full tour)
The Washington, D.C. startup scene continues to grow, and we’re
definitely noticing. After digging back through our own archive of startupcoverage and receiving suggestions from the local tech community, we areconfident these are the tech startups to follow in 2019.Since launching the realLIST in 2017, this article topped the charts again in2018 as the most-read article for Technical.ly DC. Now in its third year, therealLIST is back with a new batch of startups we are most excited to watch.From expansions, to winning pitch competitions, securing major partnershipsand more, here’s a reminder of the factors we focus on when picking startupsfor our realLIST: * Have been no more than three years old. That sunset period stems from Technical.ly cofounder Christopher Wink’s 2012 definition of a startup. This sunset period took away lots of real contenders, as well as the companies which have moved out of that early stage. We had to draw the line somewhere. * Make the majority of their revenue from a product. That means agencies are not eligible. * Have not exited or undergone an acquisition or something close to that nature.With the continuous growth within startups each year, the
will experience major changes in 2019, like Amazon’s second headquartersmoving into Northern Virginia and what this could mean for the area’s techtalent, to prominent incubator and coworking company 1776 DC temporarilyclosing with hopes of securing a new site this year. Either way, we thinkthese companies will prosper in realms of funding, hiring, partnerships andmore.If your company isn’t on this list, don’t sweat it; that does not mean it’s“unreal.” This roundup is simply a preview into the startups we are mostexcited to follow this year.Are you ready for this?Here is Technical.ly DC’s 2019 realLIST:CEO and founder Justin Dayhoff launched this Rockville, Md.–based edtechstartup in 2018 that created a SaaS solution to help district finance leadersmodel student-driven funding formulas and landed a partnership with aprominent school district in the DMV. Equiday first secured a deal withIndianapolis Public Schools in September 2018 to implement a student-drivenfunding formula for the 27,000-student, 74-school district. The edtechstartup’s financial modeling tool is now being used to manage a progressive,data-centered school funding model for Prince George’s County Public Schools’130,000-student, 208-school district.Kerb continues to show growth by collecting and measuring foot traffic datafor restaurants, retail and real estate developers and brokers. When we lastchecked in with the D.C.-based startup at WeDC Fest, the company reported thatit has conducted foot traffic studies in New York and is currently scanning50+ blocks of downtown D.C. The tech company has partnered with Verizon 5G inNYC to test new tech to stream its foot-traffic services back to its serversin real time.Joe Falit and Derek Sanford cofounded Yombu, a Tysons Corner, Va.-basedcompany using biometric payment methods. The fintech startup primarily servestwo markets: memberships, where facility access can be used in places likegyms, and quick serve, where payment can be streamlined in places like coffeeshops. With a year and some change on the market, Yombu has securedpartnerships with MakeOffices, Teas’n You, Scramble and more.This Rockville, Md.-based email protection startup makes a cloud-based emailsecurity platform powered by unique computer vision, artificial intelligenceand machine learning. INKY has been in business selling its email securitysolution for about a year and a half, and has secure $5.6 million in Series Afunding last June led by ClearSky Security. In October 2018, the companyreleased its flagship product, INKY Phish Fence, which detects phishingattacks using computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning.TwentyTables, a Washington,D.C.-based company that curates an app that findsmeal deals and gives back, has continued to grow since launching its app lastJanuary offering $6 lunches and $12 dinners at dozens of local food trucks,quick- and full-service restaurants. Last year, the company secured apartnership with Richmond-based Performance Food Group, a $17.45 billionnational food product distributor. This partnership allows TwentyTablesparticipating restaurants and food trucks the opportunity to accessPerformance Food Group goods and services as a preferred vendor.This D.C.-based startup created an app offering rewards on purchases. Sincethe company grew its gas station rewards program, GetUpside has expanded toadd grocery stores and restaurants. The D.C. startup’s app offering cash backon purchases is now being used in 29 cities.This woman-founded company built a platform to to help commercial real estatedevelopers find loans. After closing a $4 million seed round supported byStartups 500, a prominent startup accelerator in Silicon Valley, the TysonsCorner, Va.-based startup said it will use these funds to continue to investin its tech platform and scale customer acquisition.After relocating to WeWork when 1776 DC decided to temporarily close at theend of 2018, Goodworld is still working and growing. Goodworld’s tech enablesusers to link their bank accounts to their social media accounts to sendcharitable donations in order to support social payments and philanthropy. Thecompany recently secured a a $750,000 investment from Mastercard to expand itssocial giving efforts to make charitable giving frictionless.In December 2018, WhyHotel closed a $10 million Series A funding round led byHighland Capital Partners. The company temporarily turns brand new luxuryapartment building units into pop-up hotel suites and first came to NoMa midlast year. With this funding, the alternative lodging service will open threemore locations in Northern Virginia at the Ballston Quarter, the CentroArlington and The Boro.The Rosslyn, Va.-based office catering startup curates an online marketplacethat connects independent chefs directly with the catering market. HUNGRY cameto the District in January 2017 and continued to grow ever since. Afteracquiring Philly-based Local Stove in August 2018 to move into another marketfor the first time, the company said it was at a $6 million revenue run ratein December to conclude its 2018 earnings, showing 500 percent growth inrevenue last year. HUNGRY COO Eman Pahlevani recently told Technical.ly that2019 will be an explosive year for the company by bringing in new partners andinvestors. The startup also has plans to expand into more markets this year.
Honorable mentions (in no particular order):
-30-Top 5 Global Startup Hubs: Food TechFood Tech is an umbrella term for a variety of solutions that explore the useof technology to improve the production or distribution of food. In anincreasingly globalized world, the industry makes it possible for consumers toobtain fresh produce from across the world. Also, there is a huge interest inhealthier and more sustainable food options. Food tech enables producers tomeet this new demand and tackle food poverty in a world where climate changeoften severely impacts agricultural outcomes. Food tech startups work on awide range of solutions such as climate-smart farming, transparent supplychains, plant-based proteins, personalized nutrition, restaurant tech, meal-kits, etc. Naturally, they employ almost a variety of technologies, includingartificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, satellite imaging, data analytics,robotics, and more. From the life sciences, solutions use techniques fromcellular agriculture, genetic engineering, bioinformatics, and microbiomeanalysis.
Top 5 Global Startup Hubs: Food Tech
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, we analyzed the geographic distributionof global activity in the food tech industry. We identified 54 regional hubs*that observe high activity in developing technology-driven solutions acrossthe industry like AI-powered supply chains, robots for restaurants, andmarketplaces, to name a few.Within the hubs, we analyzed a sample of 2.350 startups* employing technology-driven solutions to innovate in the industry. Silicon Valley, New York City,London, Los Angeles, and Boston are home to 657 startups and account for 28%of global activity in food tech. Let us have a look at some of the innovativesolutions from these 5 top hubs.Click to downloadInterested in more insights?Request analyzed startup profilesRequest analyzed startup profiles!✕Request the full geographical analysisRequest the full geographical analysis!✕Get in touch for your custom analysisGet in touch for your custom analysis!✕Based on our analysis of a sample of 2.350 emerging solutions, North Americaalone accounts for 46% of global activity in the food tech sector. Severallarge food tech hubs in the US are large tech hubs, particularly with a stronghistory in agricultural biotechnology, that now look set to disrupt food tech.European hubs in London, Paris, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen, etc account for 32% ofglobal activity. Emerging Asian hubs in Bangalore, New Delhi, and Singaporelead the region’s activity in the sector.
1. Silicon Valley: 208 Startups
As Silicon Valley brings its digital might to tackle challenges in food tech,startups offer novel use cases for technologies that haven’t traditionallybeen prevalent in the food industry. Solutions include automation of farmtasks, new models for distribution, and kitchen waste management. With SanFrancisco being one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the US, many startupsin the region work on offering plant-based proteins. THRIVE, a global agrifoodinnovation platform and accelerator program, promotes the growth of the foodtech industry in the region.Afresh is a Silicon Valley startup that develops a supply chain platform forthe fresh food market. The software is built specifically for fresh food andtracks perishability, non-uniformity, quality, seasonality, and other suchparameters. Its human-centric AI uses reinforcement learning to assist humanoperators in making better decisions. By helping grocers optimize theirperishables stock, it helps minimize food waste, maximize in-stock rate, andincrease profits.
2. New York City: 150 Startups
New York City’s status as one of the top culinary hubs in the world, combinedwith its tech startup scene, makes it an attractive destination for food techstartups. It is also home to Hunts Point Cooperative Market, the world’slargest food distribution center. New York exemplifies both food techchallenges in an urban setting and how tech can be a tool to tackle them.Focused incubators like Food-X and Bronx CookSpace support the local foodbusinesses in the city.New York City-based startup Ingest AI builds an AI-powered robotic guestmanager (Robo-GM) for restaurants. It keeps operations lean with single-pointtracking to save time on data collection and processing. This allows forfaster recovery to improve performance metrics and enables the gradualexpansion of menus and locations based on performance insights. The solutionbrings the benefits of automation and analytics to food retailers.
3. London: 144 Startups
The United Kingdom is a leader in the food tech industry in Europe. It wasalso the earliest to innovate in the field, thanks to its illustrious historyin agricultural biotechnology. It has also earmarked a significant portion ofthe funding under the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to transform foodproduction. Startups in the region offer hyperlocal solutions such ase-grocery and food delivery, as well as work on solutions for the developingcountries.Collectiv Food is a London-based startup that develops a direct-to-producerplatform connecting food producers with consumers. Their network includesthousands of producers from the UK and abroad selling a variety of meat,seafood, and plant-based proteins. By assuming full responsibility to the foodchain, they are able to offer fairer prices to producers, as well astraceability to the buyers. Its points of distribution are refrigerated unitsin under-utilized urban spaces within London.
4. Los Angeles: 91 Startups
Being one of the most diverse cities in the USA, Los Angeles offers a greatdiversity of food interests and innovations. The City administration seespromise in the industry for equitable food security, as demonstrated by theuse of food maps to help vulnerable residents find the nearest sources offood. Food manufacturing is a major sector in Los Angeles, employing over100.000 people. As tech companies digitalize operations in the food industry,Los Angeles is in a strong position to benefit from the trend.Based out of Los Angeles, Outstanding Foods offers plant-based food as analternative to meat. The startup offers PIG OUT – pigless pork rinds thattaste very similar to traditional pork rinds in four different flavors. Theiringredients include rice, sunflower oil, pea protein, pea grits, yeastextract, maltodextrin, etc. Other than vegans, these service people who arelooking to reduce consumption of sodium, cholesterol, and trans fats.
5. Boston: 64 Startups
Boston hosts premiere institutions for both life sciences and technology andthat is a recipe for a strong talent pool for food tech startups. The city’sbiotech startups, that have long dominated its startup scene, now look beyondhealthcare and pharma to food tech. Startups in Boston are innovating in thefood and beverage sector, food delivery, and next-generation farm tech. Bostonalso places emphasis on urban farming to increase food system resiliency andfood security.RootAI is a Boston-based startup that develops robotic solutions for indoorfarms. Their solution uses computer vision to detect if fruits are ripe andsoft robotic grippers to pluck them one at a time. Using sensors to navigatethe crowded and complex indoor farm environment, it enhances the efficiency ofindoor agriculture. By providing a controlled environment, it eliminates theeffects of climate on the quality or quantity of the yield.