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Tech Startup Scene – New York vs San Francisco

San Francisco?

New York?

San Francisco?

New York?

I’ve been debating between San Francisco and New York as a place to settle down after spending the past few years globe trotting. As some of you may know, I’ve wanted to move to New York since 2009 but haven’t followed through (yet). I’ve spent the last few weeks in San Francisco, and now I’m in New York for the next week checking out the startup scene here. A big plus to New York (for me) is that it’s so different from Seattle where I grew up, whereas San Francisco is the same general vibe with a much larger tech scene. Of course, San Francisco is closer to family and close friends. One of my goals while here is to spend time at a number of co-working spaces — I visited Projective Space yesterday, today I’m at WeWork hanging with Zeb from Renthackr, and tomorrow I’ll be at General Assembly with Michele from DoorSteps. The startup scene in NYC seems vibrant & diverse from what I can tell so far — just a lot smaller than San Francisco. Seems there are a number of events as well, such as Walkabout NYC next Friday.

At this stage, I’m still leaning toward New York. Yet every startup founder and investor I speak with tells me to go build Oh Hey World in San Francisco. Easier access to capital. More talent. Better network of mentors.

If we make it into Startup Chile, then it’ll be awhile until I have to decide since I’ll be in Chile until June.

[SF photo via http://www.starbasejet.com/]

Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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