The NY Times featured a nice profile of AlleyCorp, and NY tech titan and serial entrepreneur Kevin Ryan. Here's an excerpt:Mr. Ryan, chief executive of the Gilt Groupe and a founder of several prominent Internet companies, is one of the technology world’s most influential people, with a career trajectory that mirrors the rise of New York’s tech scene.
Mr. Ryan and Dwight Merriman run a start-up factory called AlleyCorp, after Silicon Alley, a nickname given to New York’s answer to Silicon Valley. It has churned out companies that have almost nothing in common, from e-commerce to publishing to database software.
On a lighter and more fun note, the WSJ wrote that Silicon Valley mainstays such as beer pong are starting to invade the NY tech scene:
New York's recent technology boom is spawning a new cultural phenomenon: The laid-back, offbeat workplace vibe of Silicon Valley is now becoming more common in a city known for more traditional industries like finance, law and publishing. Start-ups are offering everything from free catered lunches to beer kegs. They're also bringing employees together for ping-pong games, rock-climbing lessons and laser tag.
What say you, NY tech denizens (or is it techizens)? Are you seeing some of these things in your many and varied work spaces?