Aperio Networks, publishers of Conferencing News and the Key People Directory, is located in Manhattan's "Silicon Alley." In common use in the the late 1990s, the name describes the region extending between the Flat Iron District down to Tribeca, with SoHo smack in the middle, which is where Aperio Networks is located today. The Silicon Alley moniker harks back to the internet mania of the late nineties, and it's re-ascendent today as the second wave of internet VC money and Web 2.0 startups surface. We were reminded of this in the recent New York Times feature of Manhattan's online media companies, of which we're part of and surrounded by.
and we were ticked off because we weren't included in the list of hot online media companies. Actually we've never been too fond of that term "Silicon Alley," not so much because it reminds us of that lame game of Foosball, but because it's so referential, deferential and second-fiddle to California's Silicon Valley. Much as we admire Silicon Valley and its many companies, we think the right coast deserves its own non-derivative name, but we're not tending one here. Anyway, we digress. We are in hiring mode and we're looking for Ruby-on-Rails and Ajax developers, so if you have those skills, please contact us.
April 3, 2006