The Coolest New York Tech Personalities

Silicon Alley Insider has finally, after much pre-release teasing, put up its Silicon Alley 100, an annual celebration "of 100 people in the New York tech community who did really awesome stuff this year."

The founders of FourSquare were ranked first, or coolest. Others on the list include Chris Dixon, co-founder of Hunch; Arianna Huffington; Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL; and Nick Denton, the founder and publisher behind Gawker Media.

While the list is sure to spark a bit of heated discussion over who was or wasn't included, it highlights one thing we should all be able to agree on: it's possible to play in this community without living on the West Coast.

It's been an awesome year for New York City tech.

From the explosive growth of Foursquare, to the increasing influence of new-media power-houses like Gawker and Huffington Post, to the booming sales of Gilt Groupe, AppNexus, Buddy Media, MediaMath, and many others, to the further development of a vibrant angel and VC community, the city's tech-media foundation continues to get stronger.

Read the full story at Silicon Alley Insider.

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Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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