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Is The Heights Flanked By Brooklyn’s Burgeoning ‘Tech Triangle’?

Is it wishful thinking or a truly sustainable business plan? A coalition that calls itself The Brooklyn Tech Triangle believes that the borough has a burgeoning technology sector, surrounding Brooklyn Heights within Downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Navy Yard and DUMBO, where it claims technology tenants have proliferated into a mini Silicon Valley. The group is […]

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Digital DUMBO Adds Workshop Series

This just in from our pals at Digital DUMBO: Our flagship monthly event has served as a platform for some of the hottest, most innovative companies in New York City to connect with a highly talented group of digital influencers and professionals. The Digital DUMBO Workshop Series will be an extension of our marquee event, […]

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Brooklyn Tech: Big Spaceship’s Joshua Hirsch

It’s strange to think of a company founded in the year 2000 as a member of an “old guard,” but by DUMBO (aka the New York Digital District) standards, that’s exactly what Big Spaceship, a digital creative agency, is. “It was all unfinished, raw space,” Joshua Hirsch, Big Spaceship’s Minister of Technology, said of their […]

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DUMBO Touted as “Silicon Beach”

It started, of course, with California’s Silicon Valley. Scotland countered with Silicon Glen. Manhattan boasted of Silicon Alley. India has its Silicon Plateau. Now, local real estate developers, including Two Trees, are promoting DUMBO as Silicon Beach.

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Brown with one of many strange objects in Etsy's offices

Brooklyn Tech: Etsy

If the décor of Etsy’s headquarters in DUMBO is any indication of what shoppers can find on its extremely popular website, then those in search of an octopus arm sculpture are in luck. Billed as the only marketplace for buying and selling handmade goods online, Etsy was founded in 2005 by Rob Kalin, Chris Maguire, […]

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Brooklyn Tech: Brooklyn Digital Foundry’s Brian Lemond and John Szot

At 11 years old, Brooklyn Digital Foundry is a dinosaur by DUMBO standards. But this self-described “old guard” of the industry remains on the cutting edge of traditional and digital marketing, thanks to the passion of founders Brian Lemond and John Szot, both trained architects in their late 30s who met at the University of […]

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Brooklyn Tech: Carrot Creative’s Mike Germano

If it is possible for a person to sit in a chair and bounce off the walls at the same time, then that is exactly what Mike Germano (@mikegermano) did on a recent Monday evening in the DUMBO spot ReBar. But his energy is channeled in the right direction: toward his company, Carrot Creative, and […]

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Brooklyn Tech: Pontiflex CEO Zephrin Lasker

You know you’re in Brooklyn, or more specifically in DUMBO, when the conference room at a hugely successful digital marketing and advertising firm is nicknamed “The Dude,” after Jeff Bridges’s immortal character in “The Big Lebowski.” Pontiflex co-Founder and CEO Zephrin Lasker, 38,  exudes a similarly laid back vibe. Seated at The Dude’s conference table […]

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Brooklyn Tech:’s Steven Greenwood

Steven Greenwood (@sgreenwood) rarely stops smiling when talking about, the two-year old, DUMBO-based company that, in a nutshell, powers content sharing online. It could be that Greenwood, who is 32, is enthusiastic about what he does as vice president of business development at, which recently spun off a service called PressLift that Greenwood […]

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Brooklyn Tech: Purple Rock Scissors

Self-described techie “geeks,” like Aaron Harvey and Alex Lirtsman of the DUMBO-based firm Purple, Rock, Scissors, are really anything but. Though they’re dressed in the requisite hipster apparel—zip-up hooded sweatshirts, skinny jeans, sneakers—and toss around terms like “search engine optimization,” “conversion,” and “analytic platforms,” Harvey and Lirtsman probably have more in common with behemoth Madison […]

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