As Talent continues to make great progress in San Francisco, I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Big Apple with Talent USA Director of Business Development Tiarne Hawkins to meet with clients and business partners and check out one of our great passions – the start-up sector

The centre of the North East’s US hub, New York City’s economy is in the midst of a rapid transformation. The Internet, mobile technologies, social media, and big data have unleashed a wave of innovation that is creating thousands of new start-ups and is re-inventing New York City’s traditional industries.

Richard Earl – Jersey City looking back at Manhattan, New York
Tiarne Hawkins – Hailing a Cab in New York














The immediate New York area is home to approx. 400,000 tech and digital professionals. If we consider the tristate area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) then we are looking at a significantly larger number. Include the commutable Philadelphia and nearby Boston and we are looking at a tech and digital population of in excess of 1 million – as large as the entire UK’s tech sector!

Beautiful Autumn day, Central Park, New York City
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum on the site of the former World Trade Centre











Demand for tech skills is high and as part of the trip we visited clients such as New York Life, Accenture, UBS, Adobe, and Dubsat that all encouraged us to get involved.

As a recruitment company more aligned with the start-up sector than any other through our initiatives such as the Talent Unleashed Awards, we naturally take an interest in the start- up scene which is booming here in New York.

Often referred to as Silicon Alley, originally centred in Manhattan the regions tech epicentre has now evolved to encompass the wider New York City metropolitan region. With projected venture capital investment of over US$7.3 billion across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, New York’s metropolitan region is emerging as a global hotspot of creativity and entrepreneurship.

High tech industries, start-up companies and employment in the areas of digital media, telecommunications, software development, internet, biotechnology, game design, fintech, and other fields within information technology are all well supported by the area’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Exiting Penn Station after a trip to Princeton
Tiarne Hawkins – Rooftop New York skyline














New York’s position as the leading Internet hub and telecommunications centre in North America, including its vicinity to several transatlantic fibre optic trunk lines, the city’s existing intellectual capital, and its extensive wireless connectivity ensure the future for the “city that never sleeps” is certainly bright and it is well placed at the forefront of the new digital economy.

Getting ready for US Election Day 2016

We look forward to getting established in New York and bringing our unique brand of technology recruitment to the market. Talent’s experience in delivering a diversity of tech and digital roles and jobs to our clients globally stands us in a truly great position to take the US by storm and deliver an unparalleled level of service and care for our candidates and clients.

I’m confident that very exciting times lay ahead!

Richard Earl