New York tech moves as fast as the city, with new rounds of fundraising, acquisitions, and startups forming daily, so we culled through the NYC tech and startup scene — aka "Silicon Alley" — to bring you the Silicon Alley 100, our annual list of the people who matter most.
We looked at who's done cool, inspiring, and amazing things in the past year, including companies that have been acquired or gone public, promising new startups, top VCs, and anything shaking up the industry. We ranked our list based on who has done the coolest stuff this year. Getting acquired or going public — that's cool. Founding a neat startup or building impressive hardware is cool too.