Silicon Alley Insider announced their list of the top 100 most influential New Yorkers in the digital business community.
Last year, Mayor Bloomberg was at the top. This year, it’s Fred Wilson, co-founder of venture capital firm Union Square Ventures. Why?
But investments alone aren’t what makes Fred so influential in the New York digital business community: It’s the unique way in which USV makes them. Fred’s blog on VC financing and technology has become a Silicon Alley Bible of sorts, a candid take on gadgets and technology trends that generates between 20 and 200 comments per post. A third of USV’s investments grow from these comments.
Also in the top 10 is Quincy Smith, head of CNET; Gawker’s Nick Denton; Barry Diller (no title needed); Alan Patricof, founder and managing director of Greycroft Partners; Ken Lerer, co-founder of the Huffington Post and investor in media start-ups; Tim Armstrong, chief advertising officer of Google; Bob Pittman, founding member of Pilot Group; Randy Falco, CEO of AOL; and Scott Heiferman, co-founder and CEO of Meetup.com. The full list is here.
We’re attending tonight’s party at the W Hotel for the Silicon Alley 100, co-sponsored by The Founders Club (some of these guys are members), and will have more coverage for you tomorrow.