Today, we speak with Aaron Harris, Co-Founder and CEO of Tutorspree, a marketplace that matches students with their perfect tutors for every subject.
What does “Made in NYTM” mean to you and your company?
For Tutorspree, “Made in NYTM” goes beyond a logo, a gimmick or marketing. We made the decision to build this company here in the city before “Made in NYTM” was a concept. We could have stayed in Palo Alto, but knew that for what we were building, for the type of people we wanted to work with, NY was the place to be. We’ve found incredible customers, employees, mentors and advisors here in the city, and wouldn’t trade it for anything. New York is ingrained in our DNA and the “Made in NYTM” program just helps us show it in one more way.
What can be done to maximize the “Made in NYTM” campaign?
I think the city is putting a lot of effort behind “Made in NYTM” to make it mean something real. It is a growing example of why companies should be here, how they can succeed here and why they should succeed here. Doing more to bind those companies together would be excellent—not just in the standard “networky”/cocktail event kind of ways.
Let’s get smaller groups of likeminded and radically different-minded people together. Let’s mix tech with finance, advertising and law and see what happens. New York is an incredible place because of all the different things happening inside it, and everything we do that brings that together is good and will build New York as an innovation capital for the future.
What else can be done to promote early stage entrepreneurship in NYC?
The most important thing for early stage companies, which seems to be in the power of the city, would be helping companies find high quality, affordable real estate. I’m not talking about creating more of the “rent an office” type companies. I’m talking about creating a way for growing companies to find a space that they can expand into while they’re growing, while they don’t have time to walk around all day with a broker to find an office.
Where does your company fit in the ecosystem?
Tutorspree started out of our apartments on the Upper West Side. We started an Upper West Side tech meetup (over breakfast, now large, and something I’ve fallen out of touch with). We moved to California for Y Combinator, and came right back afterwards to be closer to our customers and help build an incredible emerging technology market.
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