If you haven't already, go read Jonah Keegan's post on NYC start-up culture, on the nextNY blog, and the conversation going on the nextNY listserv. My thoughts on the subject are fairly underdeveloped due to my only-recent entry into NYC entrepreneurship world. One thing I try to stray from when talking about the issue is being too Web 2.0 centric in the whole discussion. Not all start-ups are Web 2.0, and so when speaking of entrepreneurship and how to encourage it, saying $15,000 can make anyone's proof of concept up and running both over-simplifies the discussion around entrepreneurial culture and, perhaps more detrimentally, unessesarily distances "our" start-up from the over arching culture of entrepreneurialism which values hard work, creativity and risk-taking.
As far as my experiences starting my company in New York City goes, it's my observation that "start-up culture" is low on the list of entrepreneurial disadvantages. I list the 3 biggest disadvantages I've found as follows:
Anyway, I just wanted to get my two cents in on this NYC start-up culture conversation. It's an important one, but let's remember what really make start-ups thrive: work, creativity, and risk.
Bosses with shorts instead of slacks are symbolically linked to this, but not inextricably linked.