Silicon Alley 100

THE SILICON ALLEY 100: The Coolest People In New York Tech This Year

Alyson Shontell | Oct.  25, 2012, 10:00 AM
Business InsiderIn the past few years, New York City has become a tech hotspot. And while it  hasn’t had any LinkedIn  or Facebook-size exits, it has produced a few IPOs and near-billion-dollar  acquisitions.

It’s become the home to some of tech’s most promising new companies, from Etsy to Makerbot to Kickstarter.  Early stage investors like David Tisch, Joshua  Kushner, First  Round Capital, and Lerer  Ventures are playing a large part in helping fuel the fire.

All in, it’s been a great year for New York Tech. So we created the Silicon  Alley 100 to celebrate people who did the coolest things in 2012. And this year,  the list is ranked.

So what constitutes someone who’s done something cool?

We prioritized entrepreneurs over investors, because it’s much harder to  start a company than to fund one. In particular, we prioritized startups with  amazing exits and people who had big, game-changing roles at the tech  companies.

Next, we valued companies that really exploded over the last year (the  Kickstarters, Etsys and 10gens), followed by entrepreneurs who launched  interesting new companies. Then we dove deeper into the ecosystem and recognized  the money behind the startups — the angel and early-stage investors, as well as  the creators of incubators and accelerators.

Thanks to everyone for all the hard work they’ve done to make New York the  coolest place in the world to launch a tech company.

100. Kirk McDonald – President, PubMatic

99. Dave Morgan – CEO, Simulmedia

98. Peter Flint – General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners

97. Terence Kawaja – Founder and CEO, Luma Partners

96. Lewis Gersh, David Hirsch, Marc Michel – Partners, Metamorphic Ventures

95. Jared Grusd – General Counsel, Spotify

94. Brooke Hammerling – Founder, Brew Media Relations

93. Brian Cohen – Chairman, NY Angels

92. Rick Heitzmann, Chris Ahearn, Nick Marsh, Joseph Essas, Neil Vogel, Gus Warren, Larry Wilson – FirstMark Capital

91. Fred Davis – Founding Partner, Code Advisors

90. Stuart Ellman, James Robinson, James Robinson III, Will Porteous, and Eric Wiesen – Partners, RRE

89. Marissa Campise and David Pakman – VP and Partner, Venrock

88. John Frankel, Alex Katz, David Teten, and Michael Yavonditte – Partners, FF Venture Partners

87. Howard Morgan, Chris Fralic, Phin Barnes – Partners, First Round Capital

86. Carolyn Everson – VP of Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

85. Jonathan Glick – CEO, Sulia

84. Hilary Mason – Chief Scientist, Bitly; co-founder of HackNY

83. Mike Brown Jr – Founder and Partner, AOL Ventures

82. Brad Burnham, Fred Wilson, Andy Weissman, Albert Wenger – Partners, Union Square Ventures

81. Shana Fisher – Angel Investor, Highline Capital

80. Charlie O’Donnell – Founder, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

79. Joanne Wilson – Angel investor, Author of Gotham Gal blog

78. Majora Carter – Founder, Sustainable South Bronx, Startup Box: South Bronx

77. Barry Diller – Chairman, IAC; Brightline

76. Ken Lerer, Ben Lerer, Eric Hippeau, Jordan Cooper, and Steve Schlafman – Partners, Lerer Ventures

75. Jason Finger – CEO, IAC/CityGrid

74. Rob Wilk, Stephen Rosenblatt, and Dennis Crowley – VP of Sales, CRO, Co-founder, Foursquare

73. David Karp and Lee Brown – Founder/CEO and Head of Global Ad Sales, Tumblr

72. Rachel Tipograph – Director, Global Digital and Social Media, GAP

71. Sarah Chubb – President, Gilt City

70. Matthew Shampine, Jesse Middleton, and Adam Neumann – Co-founders, WeWork Labs

69. Adam Pritzker, Jake Schwartz, Brad Hargreaves, and Matt Brimer – Co-Founders, General Assembly

68. Yaron Galai – Co-Founder and CEO, Outbrain

67. Jose Ferreira – CEO and founder, Knewton

66. Brian O’Kelley, Mike Nolet & Michael Rubenstein – Co-founders, AppNexus

65. Cyrus Massoumi, Oliver Kharraz, and Nick Ganju – Co-Founders; CEO, COO, CTO, ZocDoc

64. Ben Wolin and Mike Keriakos – CEO and President, Everyday Health

63. Shane Snow, Joe Coleman, David Goldberg – Co-Founders, Contently

62. Jeffrey C. Smith – CEO, Starboard Value

61. Marco Arment – Founder, The Magazine

60. Bre Pettis – Co-Founder, MakerBot

59. Melissa McCreery, Kathryn Minshew, Alex Cavoulacos – Co-founders, Editor-in-Chief, CEO, COO, The Daily Muse

58. Bryan Burkhart and Sonu Panda – Co-founders, H. Bloom

57. Ian White and Neil Capel – Co-Founders, Sailthru

56. Kellee Khalil – CEO and Founder, Loverly

55. Nihal Mehta – Founder, LocalResponse

54. David Tisch and Adam Rothenberg – Managing Partner, The BoxGroup; Director of TechStars NYC and Principal of The BoxGroup

53. Daniella Yacobovsky, Amy Jain – Co-Founders, Bauble Bar

52. Nat Turner, Zach Weinberg – Co-Founders, Flatiron Health

51. Ted Roden – Founder and CEO, Fancy Hands

50. Bart Stein, Robby Stein, Kevin Palms – Co-founders, Stamped

49. Michael Tseng – Founder and CEO, Turf

48. Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt – Co-founders, MoviePass

47. Khoi Vinh, Scott Ostler – Co-founders, Mixel

46. Alexa Von Tobel – Founder and CEO, LearnVest

45. John Borthwick – CEO, Betaworks and Digg

44. Steve Greenwood – Founder and CEO, Brewster

43. Matt Meeker, Carley Strife, Henrik Werdelin – Co-founders, BarkBox

42. Eli Pariser and Peter Koechley – Co-founders, CEO, Upworthy

41. Noah Brier, James Gross – Co-founders, Percolate

40. Lauren Santo Domingo and Aslaug Magnusdottir – Co-founders, Moda Operandi

39. Rafat Ali – Founder, Skift

38. Brian Bedol – Co-Founder and CEO, Bedrocket Media

37. Zach Sims, Ryan Bubinski – Co-founders, Codecademy

36. Georg Petschnigg – Co-Founder and CEO, FiftyThree (Paper)

35. Cemre Güngör, Josh Miller, Hursh Agrawal – Co-founders, Designer, CEO and CTO, Branch

34. Meredith Perry – Founder and CEO, UBeam

33. Mahbod Moghadam, Tom Lehman, and Ilan Zechory – Co-founders, Rap Genius

32. Joseph Einhorn – Founder and CEO, The Fancy

31. Scott Belsky, Matias Corea – Co-founders, Behance

30. Dan Reich, Andrew Ferenci and Corey Capasso – Co-founders, Spinback

29. Dan Huttenlocher – Dean, Cornell NYC Tech

28. Daniel Roth – Executive Editor, LinkedIn

27. Asif Rahman, Iraj Islam, Shafqat Islam – Co-founders; Chief Architect, Chief Product Officer, CEO, NewsCred

26. Michael Wolf – Founder and Managing Director, Activate

25. Michael Katz – Founder of Interclick, VP of Yahoo!

24. Alexis Ohanian – Anti-SOPA activism, Reddit

23. Chris Dixon – Co-founder of Hunch; Partner and Co-Founder, Founder Collective

22. Paul Berry – CEO and Co-founder, SoHo Tech Labs (RebelMouse and CasaHop)

21. Chad Dickerson – CEO, Etsy

20. Dwight Merriman, Eliot Horowitz – Co-Founders, CEO and CTO, 10gen

19. Iqram Magdon-Ismail, Andrew Kortina – Founder and CEO, Venmo

18. Ben Kaufman – CEO, Chairman, Quirky

17. Jason Goldberg, Bradford Shellhammer – Co-founders; CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Fab

16. Andrew Hunt, Dave Gilboa, Jeffrey Raider, and Neil Blumenthal – Co-founders and Co-CEOs (Gilboa and Blumenthal), Warby Parker

15. Joshua Kushner, Chris Paik – Founder and Managing Partner, Partner, Thrive Capital

14. Marty Moe and Josh Topolsky – Publisher and Editor In Chief, The Verge

13. Henrique De Castro – COO, Yahoo!

12. Jill Abramson – Executive Editor, The New York Times

11. Jon Steinberg, Jonah Peretti – President, CEO and Founder, BuzzFeed

10. Howard Lerman, Brian Distelburger, and Wendi Sturgis – Co-founder/CEO, Co-founder/President, Executive Vice President of Sales & Services, Yext

9. Perry Chen, Charles Adler, Yancey Strickler – CEO, Co-founders, Kickstarter

8. Artie Minson, Tim Armstrong – COO and CEO/Chairman, AOL

7. Wiley Cerilli and Kenny Herman – CEO/Founder and EVP of Business Development, SinglePlatform

6. Dan Porter and Garrett Peek – CEO, OMGPOP

5. Jon Oringer – CEO, Shutterstock

4. Steve Hafner, Paul English – Co-Founders, Kayak

3. Dan Loeb – Hedge Fund Manager, Third Point

2. Rony Kahan, Paul Forster – Co-Founders, Indeed

1. Mike and Kass Lazerow, Jeff Ragovin – Co-Founders; CEO, COO and CSO, Buddy Media


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