Choosing to found a company in Brooklyn has many benefits. Brooklyn is changing rapidly and has been for a while. Countless cool places to eat, drink, shop, and explore, including a new waterfront park extending from the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue and beautiful Prospect Park. Brooklyn by itself is a great choice for a location to create a startup and you are a subway ride away from any and all connections you have already or will create in Manhattan. Here are the top five startups in Brooklyn right now.
Datalot builds awesome software that bridges the technology gap between online advertising and telephony. They offer a real time call marketplace (think Google AdWords, but for phone calls instead of clicks) as well as a cloud-based contact center platform and other web-to-phone applications.
For more info visit datalot.com
VHX is a direct-to-fan distribution platform built for premium video. They empower artists to sell their work from their own websites, directly to fans. Everything that used to be sold on DVD can be sold on VHX. They've helped creators sell their films, documentaries, standup specials, live concert footage, lectures, web series and more.
Visit their website at vhx.tv
Makr enables people to design, buy and sell custom goods entirely on demand. With's Makr's design tools and web marketplace, anyone can be a maker.
Makr is a design + print shop for your iOS device. Download the app to bring the power of great design and branding to your fingertips. With Makr for iPhone, design t-shirts, tote bags and temporary tattoos – customized to a T – to buy or sell. Share what you design with friends, get $ for every item sold.
With Makr for iPad, design a custom logo and make personalized paper. Customize templates for business cards, party invitations, wedding materials, stickers, labels, postcards, stationery, greeting and holiday cards and more.
For more info visit makrplace.com
Helping Artists get paid gigs. Gigit introduces local bands to music lovers who want to support the artists, create a one of a kind experience and book gigs at their private residence or workplace. Be the first to book your favorite local band to play for you and your friends.
For more info visit gigit.com
Local tabloids, national news. Ratter is a network of local tabloid news sites launching this fall in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with more cities to follow. Ratter editors will find and break local stories that appeal to a national audience.
Visit ratter.com for local tabloid news.
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