I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, so NYC was always the mystical "big city" on the other coast. I knew I wanted to get out of California for college, and I ended up going to school in Connecticut.
I was able to connect with a few entrepreneurs in NYC while in my senior year, and they helped me find an awesome job here in the city. I actually moved here just a few days after graduating, which was exhilarating but terrifying.
I love that tech/startups are one of many prominent industries in NYC. I had noticed that Entertainment dominates in Los Angeles, that Tech dominates in San Francisco, and I wanted to be somewhere with a more diverse set of professional fields. There are so many people in finance, media, fashion, the arts, etc. here — it's never boring and you get to meet new and interesting people every single day.
It's been 5.5 years and I'm still loving it, despite the cold weather :)
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