Homebase for urban geeks with big ideas

NYC Startup House is a shared living space that celebrates entrepreneurship and hosts events and activities of interest to the NYC tech/startup community. Our private beta launches on Feb 1st, 2014.

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A great place to live

We’ve identified a number of comfortable, affordable, and well-situated 4-5 bedroom apartments in Brooklyn and Manhattan and making a final decision on space on Jan 15, 2014. See FAQ for more details.

with like-minded geeks

You’ll never hear “do you have to make everything involve technology?” in this house. We’ll embrace innovation, creative problem-solving, and a spirit of making things happen.

that engages NYC Tech.

We want this house to be a resource for the community, and plan to host events like hackathons, workshops, and maybe even a party or two.

– Who We Are –

NYC Startup House is co-organized by Jason Shen and Janet Chang. We’ve been friends for several years and share a lot of enthusiasm for startups and entrepreneurship. We also both really appreciate living in spaces where people actually want to be there. A place that’s not just a crash pad, but something they contribute to and gain value from.

Jason and Janet have both spent a lot of time in Silicon Valley but now find ourselves in NYC and wanting to get more involved in the tech / startup scene.

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Jason Shen


Presidential Innovation Fellow. Co-founder of Ridejoy, a Y Combinator backed startup. Blogger at The Art of Ass-Kicking. Likes dark roast coffee, quote typography, and taking on fitness challenges.

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Janet Chang


Software engineer. Co-author, with Derek Sivers, of China Startup Guide. Co-organizer of the Human Hacker House. Likes crossfit, hacking nutrition and meeting interesting people.

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Someone. Maybe You?


We’re looking for 2-3 awesome folks to join us. Learn more about getting in touch below.

 – Want to Live Here? –

An awesome house starts with awesome people. People who really embody the startup culture and want to contribute to a shared living community. If you read the following list and think “Yeah, these characteristics describe me” and “It’d be pretty awesome to be surrounded by other folks like that” then you might be a good fit for the house!

Entrepreneurial. You are an entrepreneur, an ex-founder, work at a startup, or have an awesome side project. Perhaps you’re a freelance designer or developer.

Proactive. When you see an issue, you take steps to address it sooner rather than later. If you have an idea you’re excited about, you’ll take the initiative to get it started.

Open. You say what’s on your mind, and listen intently when others speak. You understand that communication is a key part of a happy and thriving household.


Positive. Everyone has bad days but you tend to find the good in situations rather than dwelling on the bad. You tend to bring energy, not drain it.

Tech Savvy. You’re enthusiastic in talking about, using and even creating technology. You don’t think it’s weird for your house to have a website, mailing list, and maybe even an API.

Curious. You’re interested in a lot of topics and even if you aren’t an expert in something, you’re willing to learn and try new things. You like meeting new people and hearing their story.

– FAQ –

We’d love to hear from you.

How much is rent?
We’re still looking at different places but our target is $900-$1100 per bedroom, so $4500 – $5500 for a 5 bedroom place. We plan to get super fast internet, a monthly maid service, and perhaps some house dues that would go towards events.

When does the lease start?
Feb 1, 2013. We have every intention of filling the house by the start of the lease, but of course special circumstances might arise.

What kind of events are you thinking about hosting?
We’re still figuring it out but here are some ideas:
– Startup book club – monthly get together where people discuss popular startup books: 4 Steps to the Epiphany, The Lean Startup, Steve Jobs
– Startup dinners/potlucks – getting good groups of people together over food
– Hack nights – come over and build cool stuff, get feedback on ideas, etc
– Workshops – “Learn to Code” sessions where we teach HTML, CSS, Ruby on Rails over the course of a weekend
– Mastermind / Accountability Groups – bring together entrepreneurs at different stages (idea validation, pre-funding, post-seed)

Is this going to be a party house? I’ve got work to do / a regular schedule

We’d like to figure out that schedule once we know who’s actually living the house, but we don’t expect to have more than 1 event per week, either on a weekend or a 7:30pm-10pm time slot.

Are you two a couple?

What’s with all this intentional living stuff?
So in case you were wondering, this is not a cult and we are not hippies. We’ve just come to realize that it is important to select who you live with carefully. In the same way that you choose to work at a company that has values and a culture you appreciate, we want to create a house with a specific set of values we believe in and activities we enjoy.

Did you really have to make this whole website just for your roommate hunt?
No, we didn’t “have to”. But we wanted to. Feel free to not live here if this turns you off =)

– Get in Touch –

We’d love to hear from you. If you’d like to learn more about the project or request to become a resident, please let us know in this Google doc below. We’d love to hear from you.

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NYC Startup House logo’s House designed by James Christopher from the Noun Project