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What Makes These NYC Startups Great Places To Work

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New York City is the capital of everything, and startups are flocking to the city to launch their next big innovations. Just being in NYC is the best recruitment strategy for attracting the best and brightest from all over the country (and the world) to work at a startup. Add in some office perks, and the next wave of new graduates will be ecstatic to land a job here. Here is a list of NYC startups that are great places to work — unique places where employees look forward to going into the office.


Yotpo

Yotpo was founded in 2011 and currently has 86 employees in its office in NYC. It is a technology company that specializes in ad tech and software. Services offered include generating reviews and managing social media for its customers. Yotpo advertises itself as a customer content marketing platform. Employees get to work in beanbag chairs and even massage chairs. The office boasts a relaxing vibe, with wooden floors and open brick walls.


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MediaMath

MediaMath currently has 371 employees and is located on three top floors of 4 World Trade Center. It services brands, agencies, publishers, and individuals looking to optimize their consumer base, using a media and data programmatic platform. All employees have the perk of floor-to-ceiling window views of the Hudson and all of Lower Manhattan. Sunlight is never an issue with the 360-degree views from sunrise to sunset. This perk is something tourists pay top dollar for, and employees get to enjoy it every day at work. Nearby lunch-hour options include the bustling food court at Brookfield Place. Employees also have an easily walkable commute to work if they live in Battery Park City, a quiet residential area by Manhattan standards.


Betterment

Betterment is an online investment company founded in 2008, which currently has about 200 employees. It boasts $100 million in funding and strives to deliver personalized financial advice to its consumers. The office has a full kitchen with a rustic design, big enough to service three whole floors of employees. It is located in-between Chelsea and Kips Bay, just down the block from Madison Square Park — a hotspot for startups of all kinds. Employees can either eat out or save money by bringing fresh produce and making their own salads in the kitchen. The office space is fully stocked with a restaurant-sized fridge, cartons of soda, and other drinks. Employees can opt to sit at the window-facing bar or at the big wooden communal table, which is reminiscent of good old days at the barn.


Stack Overflow

Located in the Financial District, Stack Overflow is a technology startup that runs a website to help software developers learn and share knowledge. The company is committed to helping people solve coding problems and also assist in the job-hunting process. They have 105 employees who can all enjoy the many perks of the office space, which includes ping pong tables, old-fashioned arcade games, and PS4 gaming. It is like going to work at your best friend’s well-stocked basement — except not in a basement, but in a cool NYC office in Downtown Manhattan. Employees also enjoy lunch treats cooked on the spot by professional chefs. This is undoubtedly one of the best office spaces to work in.


Yelp

11203068_10153026283057886_4485712719056354096_n-300x291 What Makes These NYC Startups Great Places To WorkThis startup doesn’t even need an introduction. Who hasn’t left a review on Yelp or used its app to find the best dinner spot in the area? Founded in San Francisco in 2004, Yelp also has headquarters in NYC with over 700 employees. The company is worth over $3 billion, and its employees have some of the most amazing perks in the world. From karaoke machines to beer kegs, and table hockey to Foosball tables, the amenities blur the line between work and play. The Madison Avenue office has its very own cafe that is open from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm. If a club-like vibe is your thing, background music in the office is loud, ranging from rap to heavy metal. No need to head to Korea town for karaoke because employees can sing their hearts out right in the office. People get so into the office music scene that employees have formed rock bands and a capella groups. To satisfy introverts, the office also has a quiet space for people who need to get away from the music and buzz. Somewhere in another corner is an indoor swing, like the ones you see hanging from trees in the woods. The design of the office is modern and hip — well suited for the plaid-wearing, beard-growing employees it tends to attract. And after work, they get to hang out at the office bar and have happy hour right in the office.


Etsy

Another one of those giant startups that doesn’t need much introduction, Etsy is an online marketplace company founded in 2005. It has over 800 employees in its Brooklyn Dumbo office. The 200,000-square-foot space is furnished with pieces from Etsy sellers. Most of the artwork was also purchased from artists on Etsy. Like most modern startups, employees are not chained to a desk. They are free to camp out on any of the nine floors of the complex. The office space was designed according to employee input, which is why it boasts quiet spaces for deep thinking. When the weather is nice, employees can work in one of the outdoor courtyards while soaking up some sunlight. There is also a rooftop deck, which offers a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline. For lunch, employees can use the fully-stocked kitchen space, and locally catered meals are also provided twice a week. There is a breathing room for weekly yoga classes and meditation sessions. Since the office is dog-friendly, employees can bring their pets to work and walk them during the lunch hour (no need to hire a dog-walker!). Bathrooms are gender-neutral. Employees who cycle to work can safely store their bikes in the bike room; and if they’re sweaty from riding in the summer sun, they can take a shower in the shower room before starting work. Etsy‘s headquarters is an all-around paradise as far as office spaces go.


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Jack Cohen has over 15 years of industry experience developing and implementing real estate strategies for clients in Manhattan and throughout the United States. Prior to founding Spaces Commercial Real Estate, Jack was a Managing Director at Colliers International for 3 years and a Director at Cushman & Wakefield for 9 years. Jack’s forward thinking has engineered some of Manhattan’s most unique and difficult deals including the repositioning and leasing of 636 11th Avenue, a 564,000 RSF warehouse to office conversion, which was awarded real estates highest honor- REBNY’s Henry Hart Rice Most Ingenious Deal of the Year Award. Jack is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Business where he majored in Economics and Business Management. He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the executive committee of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and the Board of Education of Keter Torah, his childrens’ school. Jack lives on the Jersey Shore with his wife and three children.