Entrepreneurs Critical of NYCEDC Initiatives

Fallout from a networking event organized by the New York Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) last month has been unpleasant, to say the least. Since the general public is hardly aware of the NYCEDC’s activities, let alone its mission, the initiative seemed more distant and out of touch with the very people it’s supposed to be helping.

The event billed as “Startup Exchange” was supposed to bring together entrepreneurs from different startups and VCs. It’s a straightforward agenda that’s all too common at the moment, given the burgeoning growth of the tech scene. Unfortunately those who came out of the experience were quite disappointed. Here’s what they had to say.

MyNines CEO Apar Kothari was blunt in her assessment: “There was no organization to the event…You didn’t know who was who.”

Alex Poon of Visual Revenue:  “This event was not mentioned on any of the top NYC tech mailing lists I am part of.  This gives me the feeling that they weren’t reaching out to all the right people.”

Even those beyond the reach of the NYCEDC shared a not-so-rosy outlook. According to Overtime Media founder Reece Pacheco, “I keep my finger on the pulse of what’s going on, and if there are real initiatives from the city, I haven’t heard about it and none of my cohorts have heard about it either.”

No doubt the attitude of the close knit Big Apple tech community toward the NYCEDC is hardly positive, often ranging from bewilderment to outright indifference. This would leave most observers to declare that the NYCEDC’s efforts on behalf of New York tech leave much to be desired–for now.

Via: NYConvergence