Today, we speak with, Dan Chiu, Founder of HD MADE, a digital strategy agency that helps brands navigate the ever-changing digital world.
What does “Made in NYTM” mean to you and your company?
We want to share our creativity with New York because it is the best place to do so. There is no other city in the world that has the hustle, competition, camaraderie and innovation that is here. We love being a digital agency in a city surrounded by the best and most interesting people.
What can be done to maximize the “Made in NYTM” campaign?
Host events to provide young entrepreneurs with access to people and companies that are part of the “Made in NYTM” campaign, and give them the opportunity to market themselves. We were incredibly lucky to be a part of NY Tech Meetup’s Made in NY: Austin event at SXSW. This is a great example of creating an opportunity for smaller companies to showcase their products and brand at a conference that they wouldn’t have been able to access otherwise.
What else can be done to promote early stage entrepreneurship in NYC?
Provide entrepreneurs with much easier access to the small amounts of money that it takes to turn an idea into something real. Whether that is a small grant for first-time entrepreneurs, small-business loans or the ability to put student loans on hold, we need to create more financing options. We also need to provide more relevant mentorship. NYC is lucky enough to have success stories in every industry and type of business. We need to provide more opportunities to connect our current leaders and experts to the future ones.
Where does your company fit in the ecosystem?
HD MADE is a creative agency that sits at the intersection of digital strategy, design, technology and storytelling. This enables us to help organizations like NY Tech Meetup, NASDAQ and the Robin Hood Foundation exceed their digital goals. We are constantly working with these types of organizations to cultivate and elevate the innovation and collaboration that takes place in NYC.
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