Structure, Nasdaq and More: Why GigaOM Loves New York

The GigaOM staff in front of Nasdaq, March 22, 2011, by Pinar Ozger
What a week! The GigaOM team spent the past week in New York City for a number of events, including our first (and definitely not last) East Coast conference, Structure Big Data. The conference is part of our plan to expand our footprint into new markets, including New York.

We kicked off the week with Om joining Nasdaq’s VP, David Wicks, to ring the closing bell. This is just the start of a closer partnership between GigaOM and the folks at Nasdaq.

That evening, we held a reception at the New York Times building, bringing together media executives, data scientists and journalists. A bunch of bloggers walked among the Times reporters’ Pulitzers — an interesting juxtaposition of old and new media.

All of this was a precursor to our main event: Structure Big Data, held at the Chelsea Piers. And it was a great success — not just in terms of attendance, though it was standing room only in the main hall. The sold-out event was also the first time that people from the Silicon Valley and New York tech communities, as well as leaders in finance, media and other New York-based industries, came together in one place to discuss how they were all using big data to gain valuable insights into their businesses. If you couldn’t make it, you can see some of the highlights in our photo gallery below or read through our coverage (with video clips) of the entire event.

Structure Big Data may have been our first big step into New York, but expect more to come. Last fall, we hired Ryan Kim, a crackerjack tech reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle, to be our “man in New York,” covering local startups and the growing app economy. In February, we hosted a Media Meetup, along with Automattic (see disclosure), to gather together the New York tech media, startup founders and venture capitalists.

This is just the beginning for us. It’s easy for tech publications to myopically focus on Silicon Valley, but increasingly, many of the exciting ideas and innovations are developing elsewhere. Our readers rely on us to find the next big ideas — wherever they are. That’s why more of our staff will be joining Ryan in New York, including Om himself who will return to his former life as a bicoastal writer. We’re looking forward to telling more of New York’s great tech stories. In the meantime, enjoy the photo gallery from Structure Big Data and a behind-the-scenes video from Nasdaq.


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