10 Most Powerful NY Tech Titans

NEW YORK TheStreet--New York's "Silicon Alley" has a growing tech scene. Behind only Silicon Valley and Boston, New York City is the U.S. region with the 3rd most- venture capital funding. And it's spawned a community of startups, many of which draw on the resources the city already has to offer. Some of the biggest e-commerce startups are in New York City, in part because it's a place where much of the fashion and retail industries flourish.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been vocal about his efforts to make New York a tech hub. Bloomberg helped Cornell secure a tech campus, which is being built on Roosevelt Island. This past June, Bloomberg urged Stanford graduates to come to New York, "because we're the hottest new tech scene in the country." He also joked that they "May even be able to find a date with a girl whose name is not Siri."

At a time when New York aims to make its city more tech-friendly, some of 2013's biggest tech acquisitions are happening here. Both Tumblr, which was purchased by Yahoo! ( YHOO) earlier this year, and MakerBot ( acquired by Stratasys ( SSYS)) are New York-based. Some big names are emerging on the New York tech scene, with the following a list of who's who in Silicon Alley:

Chad Dickerson is the current CEO of Brooklyn-based Etsy, one of the hottest e-commerce startups right now. The site, which enables users to buy and sell handmade goods, has 18 million items listed and over 30 million members.

Before joining Etsy as CTO in 2008, Dickerson led product teams at Yahoo!. He previously worked as an engineer for media companies such as CNN and Sports Illustrated.

Tim Armstrong serves as the current chief of AOL ( AOL), which is now headquartered in New York. The company, which was emblematic of dial-up Internet in the 90s, is currently focused on a content strategy. Armstrong led AOL to acquire media sites like HuffingtonPost and TechCrunch, though they have recently scaled back the hyperlocal site, Patch.

Armstrong previously worked in operations at Google ( GOOG) and Internet ventures at ABC/ESPN.

Michelle Peluso became New York-based Gilt Groupe's CEO earlier this year, after leading marketing and Internet initiatives at Citigroup ( C). Before that role, she was the CEO of Travelocity. Peluso is said to have the right credentials to take the company public, a possibility that the company has been discussing for years.

The e-commerce giant, known for its "flash sales," may be worth as much as $1 billion.

Jason Goldberg leads New York-based Fab.com, one of the hottest e-commerce sites right now. Fab makes it easy to buy goods ranging from fashion to furniture.

Earlier this summer, Fab raised venture capital at a billion dollar valuation. Goldberg previously founded recruiting.com and socialmedian.

Perry Chen, Charles Adler, Yancey Strickler (Kickstarter)

New York-based Kickstarter is a popular site for crowdfunding, drawing together a pool of money from an online community. The site has raised money for everything from smartwatches to film production, helping entrepreneurs raise enough capital to achieve their goals.

Kickstarter was launched in 2009 by Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler. Unlike the users on its website, Kickstarter raised money from established venture capitalists like Thrive Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Steve Hafner, Paul English (Kayak)

Steve Hafner and Paul English founded popular travel website, Kayak.com in 2004. The Connecticut-based website achieved an IPO in July 2012, a rarity for tech companies in the tri-state region.

But by late 2012, Kayak was acquired by Priceline.com ( PCLN) for $1.8 billion. Hafner is Kayak's CEO and English is the CTO.

Joshua Kushner and Chris Paik are only in their 20s, but they are already amongst NYC's top venture capitalists. The Thrive Capital team invests in NYC startups like Fab, Kickstarter and Warby Parker. They also got in on Instagram right before its mega-acquisition by Facebook ( FB).

The son of real estate developer Charles Kushner, Joshua Kushner is dating Victoria's Secret model Karlie Kloss and his brother Jared is married to Ivanka Trump.

It was at Harvard Business School where Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna met, laying the groundwork for what would become one of the hottest beauty startups. The duo launched New York-based Birchbox in 2010, a popular service which subscribers a gift box of new products every month. From hair products to nail polish, Birchbox users get to try the latest samples.

Investors include First Round Capital, Lerer Ventures and Gary Vaynerchuk.

New York-based Warby Parker has helped glasses become trendier than they've ever been. Founders Andrew Hunt, Dave Gilboa, Jeffrey Raider, and Neil Blumenthal came together to launch the e-commerce site in 2010. Warby Parker is also philanthropic in nature, promising to donate a pair of glasses to a child in need whenever a pair is purchased on the site.

Warby Parker's trendy designs are now available in the company's new brick and mortar stores.

Jon Oringer founded stock photo site, Shutterstock ( SSTK) in 2003, creating an online marketplace for its comprehensive library of photos.

Ten years and 300 million image downloads later, the company achieved an IPO last year. Oringer's 55% stake in Shutterstock has now made him a billionaire. Oringer has a Masters in Computer Science from Columbia University. --Written by Katie Roof in New York--

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