Today we sit down with Tony Haile, CEO of Chartbeat, a real-time analytics startup.
What does “Made in NYTM” mean to you and your company?
For Chartbeat, it means unparalleled opportunities to build the best products for the most successful industries. New York is a media town. This city was built by creative doers- writers, artists, publishers, advertisers, and Chartbeat is lucky enough to partner with them to make their jobs a little easier, a little better.
What can be done to maximize the “Made in NYTM” campaign?
The New York digital community is interconnected, but sometimes tech communities can seem insular in communicating its value and significance to those without a CS degree or startups on their resume. What’s so great about NY over other tech communities is that we have an incredibly welcoming community; we understand that it’s not about building something for a newsworthy exit, but to really help others accomplish something they couldn’t before.
Proving importance and relevance to the larger New York general public means showing exactly why having a thriving tech community matters to everyone – not just the people working at Foursquare or Chartbeat. It goes beyond more jobs or the economy too. Being an epicenter of innovation and thought leadership creates tremendous cultural opportunities through better digital learning in our schools, and incentivizing of stronger civic programming.
What else can be done to promote early stage entrepreneurship in NYC?
Making sure people have an easy way to get their foot in the door. Whether it’s fellowships for young entrepreneurs or small grants, not to mention affordable workspaces for people who need them, it’s about giving people the tools they need to take a great idea to the next level.
I would also say promoting a spirit of mentorship and accessibility. Young entrepreneurs need the opportunity to see how others before them have gotten so far.
It’s about exposure – learning through all channels, be it coffee with a fellow entrepreneur, internships or fellowships, even just a crucial bit of advice sent over email.
I would also argue that New York needs to work towards building a stronger pipeline of new engineering graduates, in the way that Silicon Valley has Stanford and Cal grads. We need to be better at promoting the NY tech scene at schools like MIT and Carnegie Mellon to ensure that more and more talent enters our community.
Where does your company fit in the ecosystem?
Chartbeat has always been about fostering ongoing learning. What we do depends on sharing ideas and building with our clients, and from our developers being able to experiment. But it goes beyond the walls of Chartbeat Studios. Our team actually lives these values outside of our own work by partnering with the larger NYC tech community.
From a technical standpoint, Chartbeat aims to provide many New York companies and sites with data that are useful and actionable. Ideally, our insights help sites become stronger by knowing their content and audience better. We also partner with organizations like YoungWomen’s Leadership Schools, Big Apps, NYC Turing and other NY organizations to promote tech in our city schools and across the city’s ecosystem.
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