Real estate developers The Kaufman Organization recently leased four buildings in Nomad from Extell Development Company (who bought the buildings from the notorious Ring brother’s portfolio) and is gutting the interiors to make contemporary office space for tech companies and startups, reports the New York Times. The half forgotten and nearly vacant buildings at 13 […]
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Flatiron startup Crowdnetic (37 W. 17th St.) has just announced seed funding from Perot Jain, LP, the firm backed by Ross Perot Jr and Anurag Jain.
Crowdnetic provides data and info solutions to the global crowdfinance space, and has two primary products, Lendvious (‘comprehensive marketplace for peer finance borrowers and investors, provides the powerful tools and detailed information needed to make informed peer finance decisions’.) and CrowdWatch (‘aggregates and normalizes issuer information for thousands of private companies publicly raising capital (“PIPRs”) and provides easy access to analyze, compare and research PIPRs and securities-based real estate crowdfunding investments’.)
“Crowdfunding has rapidly grown from simple peer-to-peer lending to become a complex global phenomenon, and Crowdnetic brings essential transparency and stability to the marketplace,” said Perot Jr. “
You can read the full announcement at www.prunderground.com/ross-perot-jr-and-anurag-jain-make-strategic-investments-in-crowdnetic/0038663/.
The Madison Square Park is clearly a hotspot for startups not only in New York City but in the United States, and a lot of these startups begin with a simple desk or office in a shared co-working space. Here is a look at some of the options in the Flatiron, Nomad, and Madison Square Park neighborhoods (NOTE – please send any additions or modifications to firstname.lastname@example.org):
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Wix Lounge (235 West 23rd Street | 646-862-0833): A bit west of the neighborhood, but this is a free co-working, event and exhibit space for creative professionals from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday on a first-come first-serve basis.
- Grind (419 Park Ave South | 646-558-3250): Prices range from $35/day to $500/month for a shared desk from 8am-midnight. Amenities include free Intelligentsia coffee, a conference room, and phone booths for calls.
- NeueHouse (110 East 25th Street | 212-273-0440): A nice looking space for solopreneurs and small businesses (1-10 people) with shared table space, and private offices, plus a conference room and a screening room. Memberships start at $450/month and go up. They even have The Canteen with food directed by chef, Gregg Drusinsky (Casa Mono, Lupa and Le Bernardin).
- TechSpace Chelsea (44 West 28th Street | 212-905-7712): There are 62 office suites. Private offices start at $1250/month. TechSpace Flatiron (18 West 18th Street | 212-905-7725) Private offices start at $1250/month. There are 22 private office suites. The person who answered the phone for these locations was oddly unfriendly and offered no other helpful info so I personally would skip this one. Who needs attitude at your work space.
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COWORK|RS (115 E 23rd Street | 212-738-9581): Communal desks, private offices, meeting rooms, and a lounge, with fast internet, HD projectors, printers, copiers, free coffee, tea, and beer, foosball, ping pong and video games. Pricing ranges from $350/mo for a shared space and $800 and up for a private office.
- Studio Guild (18 West 27th Street): A wind powered space with 3 floors of desks for creative and tech types. All desks are $515/month (some with Empire State Building views!). There is a big conference room and shared internet.
- 42west24.com (42 West 24th Street |212-691-0609), Hot desks for $299/month, Desks for $499/mo., offices for$1900-$2500/month. Amenities include conference room w/ tv monitor, internet, and 24/7 access.
- OfficeLinks Hub (460 Park Avenue South | 877-649-5071): The space has big windows with a skylight streaming in natural sunlight. Provides a secure technology infrastructure, meditation room, phone booths, state of the art meeting rooms as well as private office space. Dedicated desk- $750, Full time membership – $500, Part time membership- $229, Day Pass- $35.
In Good Company Workplaces (16 West 23rd Street | 646-810-9195 AND 401 Park Ave South | 855.593.9675 AND 349 5th Avenue | 646.747.7127): This space is for women entrepreneurs and features desks, private offices, a conference room, classes, and networking.
- wework (79 Madison Avenue; 855-593-9675): Amenities include B+W / Color Prints; Copy/Scan, Conference Rooms, Free Beer, High-Speed Internet & Wifi, lounges, Organic Coffee, Private Phone Booths, health insurance solutions
- The Yard (234 Fifth Avenue at 27th Street): The Brooklyn Coworking Space is expanding further into Manhattan with shared desks (~$400-$500) and private offices (-$800 for single person offices) starting July 1st, 2014, just north of Madison Square Park. There is also a rumor that another Yard space will be opening in the Flatiron soon.
- Coalition Chelsea (122 West 27th Street | 646-201-5508) Dedicated desks from $395/month and private offices from $1000/month.
- Coalition Union Square/Flatiron (902 Broadway at 20th Street | 646-201-5508): Shared desks from $250/month and private offices from $1500/month.
- General Assembly (902 Broadway): They actually shut down their co-working space to make room for more classes.
Flatiron startup PRUnderground.com expands press release distribution, closes the gap with expensive news wires
Flatiron-based PRUnderground.com, the affordable press release distribution startup (and cousin website of MadParkNews), has just announced that it now syndicates its releases to over 100 regional news sites including Boston.com, Nation’s Restaurant News, Cincinnati.com, Housingwire.com, AZCentral.com, SiliconInvestor.com, International Business Times, the Miami Herald, Hawaii News Now, Minyanville and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. They are also a Google News source and mention each release on Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon, and other social media sites.
“We are looking to rapidly close the market gap between our affordable press release service, PRUnderground.com, and the more expensive press release services out there” said Brian Scully, CEO of PRUnderground.com. “If you are getting great press coverage out of your current service, stick with it. But if not, then there is no need for a press release service to cost more than $50 per release, or even $100-$1200. That is outrageous for what you get in return. We price it at $39 so you can get your news out there at a fair price.”
Unlike the more expensive services, PRUnderground.com charges just $39 per press release, which includes images, links, embedded video, social media profiles, and a newsroom at no extra cost.
If you have been curious to learn more about the New York City startup community, check out this FREE class today outside in the Flatiron public plaza (Broadway between 22nd and 23rd Streets). It runs from 6pm-7:30pm and is brought to you by the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership + General Assembly and the class is taught by Jordan Hepner, Head of Online Education at General Assembly. You can register at www.eventbrite.com/event/7411733695, but you could also probably just stop by given that it is outside. From the description:
“….get acquainted with the exciting world of tech in NYC. We will give you the inside scoop on key events/meetups to attend, people, companies, VCs, blogs, incubators, programs, hot issues, and more. Learn the role of key players such as HackNY, New York Tech Meetup, foursquare, and Tumblr.”