New York Tech Startups Look to Broadway for Creative Edge on Silicon Valley

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People bring their instruments to work at Etsy. Even the chief executive officer has a guitar in his office, which he started strumming at 8:30 a.m. on a recent morning and was soon joined by several others, making an impromptu band.

When the New York-based company has its monthly all-hands meetings, which it calls Y'all Hands for added quirkiness, the "house band" performs variety-show style to kick off and close the meeting, CEO Chad Dickerson said.

"Nothing against the Silicon Valley talent pool, but we will take them on in a battle of the bands any day," he said in an interview this month. "The way to make New York a great tech scene is to use the things that are great about New York, like the creative culture." Read more...

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