Today is quite an auspicious day here in the Big Apple, especially downtown, where our offices are located. There's nothing like walking to work, past the beautiful New York Stock Exchange, and saying hello to the cops with the machine guns strapped tight around them.
Waking up to the news that rocked the world 6 years ago today in California, I felt a new surge of energy and passion for New York as the next place for Horn Group to make its mark. Well, we're here, and we've made our mark and we're not stopping any time soon. But this isnt about us. This is about a very unique community of people that often make me feel like the biggest city in the world is actually pretty small. There is a spirit here that says, "you may knock me down, but you're not going to keep me there. You better watch out because I'm coming back even stronger...." Maybe that's just good old fashioned American patriotism (yes it still exists!) or I'm becoming a New Yorker.
Any case, I think the spirit of this city and the rebirth of downtown is akin to the spirit of innovation in technology. We just never stop inventing, coming up with bug fixes and new releases, new models, better, faster, cheaper. The rate of obselescence we create in our own industry is impressive. Of course we think of Silicon Valley as THE center of tech and by most measures it is. New York actually has more tech than you think http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/09/nyregion/09tech.html?_r=1&oref=slogin...
One of the reasons Horn Group came to New York in 2002 was to tap into the very early stages of a new tech market. And the tech community is thriving and booming today. It is surely different than Silicon Valley and its Sand Hill Road orchestra. New York tech is much more diverse in the technology it creates, yet also very focused on the financial markets. New York tech isnt as boisterous, and on balance, contributes less venture capital, but the publishing industry and our beloved media, analysts, Wall Street, thousands of corporate consumers of tech, and millions of individual consumers are the place that help give Silicon Valley a market and a reason for being. This isnt a comparison or a "which place is better?" thing. You have to choose the best location for your business based on where your customers are and what's important to you. I happen to be lucky enough to live in both places.
But just so you know, and to all those with life changing memories on their minds today, I think New York rocks, and I salute your spirit and determination. I am proud Horn Group is here as part of the rebirth of this very special downtown area, and I am proud we serve one of the hottest tech markets around, anywhere.