New York State of Mind, 6 Years Later

I visited NYC for the first time in a few years. I blogged about NYC 6 years ago.

  1. NYC still has the best pizza in the world. I ate two slices every day. Not kidding.
  2. NYC has the best bagels in the world, too. I was a mule and brought a dozen back for my family.
  3. Some of the best health companies in the world will come from NYC. If history is a guide, Flatiron Health will have 10x the impact of DoubleClick, Tumblr, Warby Parker, Buzzfeed and its other predecessors who paved the way for a generation of founders.
  4. The founder and startup ecosystem in crypto/blockchain/Bitcoin/Ethereum has a very different energy too. Very technical but somehow more self-aware than others. Maybe I’m projecting.
  5. But communities are a function of environment, and it’s hard not to be self-aware when there are world-class people in different industries and communities around you every day (e.g., fashion, global finance, startups in different areas, art, etc.)
  6. NYC subway is still my favorite way to commute. Maybe it’s nostalgia. And I know I sound like Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate. Without the profanity.
  7. Brooklyn is now a full-blown urban Palo Alto – in a good way. So incredible to see the progress over a 25 year period (my sister lived there in the ‘90s).
  8. New Yorkers don’t give a f*ck. They will bump you on the street without saying sorry, give you surly service without blinking an eye, never smile unless they know you. I forgot that. And I love that. No phoniness.
  9. I live in LA and it has the best weather in the country year-long. But nothing beats NYC in May (even though it rained a ton).
  10. Three of our most recent (and most promising) investments are based in NYC or Brooklyn. Excited to use this as a catalyst to visit more.