Without Power, Silicon Alley Goes in Search of New Digs
In the wake of Sandy's aftermath, startups based on New York City have had to relocate to keep operations running. With so many Silicon Alley offices located in Lower Manhattan, where power has been out for days, finding a remote hideout with wifi has been critical.
General Assembly, located in the Flatiron district, is still without power and employees are working remotely. GroupMe, which was acquired by Skype in August 2011, is in the same boat. Some of its employees in Brooklyn have been camped out at this apartment. Brew PR, which works with both New York-based startups and has offices in Soho, has taken refuge at BaubleBar.
foursquare's Soho headquarters has been without power for days; however, the service has not experienced any outages as its servers are located elsewhere. In the meantime, the check-in service has managed to set up shop in five different locations for its employees.
Founder Dennis Crowley (@dens) tweeted this morning "Team @foursquare NYC now up and running across *five* locations: Midtown, Williamsburg, South Brooklyn, Park Slope, Jersey City. Nice work!"
Crowley later tweeted this photo from their "fabulous midtown digs."
Spotify, the digital music service, is also without power at its New York office in the Meatpacking District.
"Staff are being resourceful and staying connected by whatever means possible," said Angela Watts, spokesperson for Spotify. Despite the lack of power, Spotify's operations have not been impacted by Sandy.
Facebook's New York office has power, but the social media company is not officially open. However, a spokesperson for Facebook said that some employees are working at the Madison Avenue location.
While Sandy has displaced many startups this week, it's proved for some that with a laptop, wifi connection, and a bit of ingenuity, business keeps humming.