It's an exciting time to work in tech in New York City. With new startups flocking to the city in search of office space, funding, top-tier talent and a diverse community of entrepreneurial spirits, the city is shaping into a growing hub for innovation.
We spoke with four New York tech community members to get an in-depth look at what it's really like to work in the scene. We wanted to know what a day in the life of every side of the business is like — no matter what the role is.
This is what a day in New York tech looks like from the perspectives of those actually living it.
With the proliferation of food delivery services and subscription meal boxes, Plated is unique in that it's the only product of its kind that offers a personalized experience for the customer. This is powered by the company’s software, which is designed to allow customers control over the farm-fresh meals they receive on their doorsteps. Bay Phillips, Plated's lead iOS engineer, leads a team that is extremely customer- and product-driven. Not only is this reflected in the features that the team builds out, but also in its enthusiasm for the technology leveraged in making it all happen.
Sam Jacobs, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Livestream
Last year, Livestream streamed over six million events. This year, the company’s first hardware product, Mevo, became the first camera that works with Facebook Live. A large factor in Livestream’s success has been its robust sales team, which makes up about a quarter of the company’s 200 employees. Sam Jacob's, Livestream's SVP of Sales and Marketing is at the helm of this team, and places a large emphasis on professional development and training with his employees.
Becca Eley, Director of Design at Peloton
Peloton sets itself apart from other like-minded spinning startups by honing in on the at-home experience, which is at the core of its product offerings. This unique approach is backed by the company’s in-house design team, led by Becca Eley, Peloton's Director of Design.
Justine Dilworth, Technical Recruiter at Knewton
Knewton is a platform that provides adaptive learning lessons for individual students. The company was founded back in 2008, and has since helped over 10 million students create learning lessons to meet their personal educational goals. As such, Knewton’s company culture embraces collaboration, work-life balance and continued learning. Justine Dilworth, Technical Recruiter at Knewton, helps to shape this culture by continuously working to improve the candidate experience.