It seems silly to recall this, but back then, that phrase — “New York Tech Startup Scene” — literally did not exist. There was no Foursquare, no GroupMe, no Kickstarter, no General Assembly, and no TechStars. HuffPo had yet to become the juggernaut it is today, and Tumblr, Buddy Media, and Gilt Groupe had yet to celebrate one-year birthdays.* There were no Google or Facebook mega-offices. Tina Brown was busy writing books about Princess Di. But look at you now, baby! You’re the rising star of the tech family, positioned right behind big brother Silicon Valley in creating new media enterprises. You’ve nurtured a new culture of entrepreneurialism, created thousands of jobs, and caused countless people to utter that phrase “we want to change the world” without irony.