Today, we speak with Noah Harlan, Founder of Two Bulls, a mobile development company that develops innovative technology that powers engaging experiences for people of all ages across a broad range of platforms, including iOS, Android and the Web.
What does “Made in NYTM” mean to you and your company?
We’re proud to have been founded in New York. To us, New York is a place of ideas and entrepreneurship. Where New York differs from most other cities is that it’s a melting pot of experiences, identities and interests. When you go out to dinner with friends, you have a panoply of people from a range industries: tech, finance, media, fashion, medicine, academia, art and culture. And in each of those industries you have the world’s most important institutions framing the environment.
Add to that that you have people from all over the world who’ve come here generation after generation to make their futures. New York is the only place I’ve ever been where there is no such thing as an “ex-pat.” Once you’re living here, you’re a New Yorker.
What can be done to maximize the “Made in NYTM” campaign?
As founder of Two Bulls and a strategic & creative director for Sullivan, who is also going to be overseeing the identity and communications strategy for Cornell Tech, I think the city is doing a lot and I’m not sure that there’s much more that needs doing. Certainly, new large institutions like Cornell NYC Tech are going to help boost it even further.
What else can be done to promote early stage entrepreneurship in NYC?
The city could certainly expand the number of available, physical coworking spaces, with more of a focus on small offices. Most coworking spaces are desks in a shared environment, but small companies often need some more segregated space, while still being surrounded by others.
Also, the city could help influence the general tax code to avoid things like the UBT and silly commuter taxes for non-commuters.
Where does your company fit in the ecosystem?
We are a consultancy helping others solve their mobile needs (we have developed mobile applications for a broad swath of major companies and consumer brands). Increasingly, we are engaging in proprietary or joint venture development. We co-founded Breadcrumb POS, which we sold to Groupon, and now have employees throughout the country.
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