New York is known for many things—vibrant culture, world-class skyline, and fast-paced environment. With all of its buzzing activities, New York has been recognized as one of the most progressive cities in the United States. It is home to many companies and entrepreneurs that have impacted the landscapes of their respective industries. The New York economy continues to thrive, giving innovative minds a place to set their visions to life and a space for driven individuals who want to achieve great heights. New York has also seen businesses come and go over the years, and it has contributed significantly to the economic advancements of the country as a whole. But with all the doors opening virtually every day in New York, it’s hard to keep track of which ones genuinely rise to the top. Nevertheless, here are our top businesses to watch in 2021:
1. Ava Kaufman
Ava’s Heart is a California-based non-profit organization that provides critically needed assistance that insurance does not cover to transplant patients who are unable to access or afford it. It was founded by Ava Babbin Kaufman, who herself is a heart transplant recipient.
Core to these services is providing the mandated pre- and post-transplanting housing. In addition to ancillary supportive services to temporary housing near the transplant center, access to lifesaving transplants becomes not only a medical issue but also one of healthcare inequity.
Ava’s Heart is committed to addressing and reducing this disparity to save the lives of those in need of transplant. It is time to create systemic change that allows for increased access to transplant services. Also integral to their mission is to assist donor families with burial expenses and to promote organ donation. Without the donor, there is no story.
2. Patricia Baronowski-Schneider
Founder and president of Pristine Advisers, Patricia Baronowski-Schneider is a leading investor relations, public relations, media relations, and marketing firm. Patricia has been heavily involved with working with board members, hedge funds, corporations, and investment advisors through her business.
She has been in the IR/PR industry for over 33 years, working for firms such as Handy & Harman, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, and The Altman Group. This expert has been heavily involved in IR/PR/Marketing/Media Relations/Raising Capital/Hedge Funds/BDCs/MLPs/ETFs and CEFs as well as corporations and individuals.
Furthermore, Patricia acts as a member of the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce and has been featured in and on multiple magazines and newspapers and won many awards for her work, bringing a high level of professionalism and excellent interpersonal skills to her field.
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3. Paris Brown
Paris Brown is a visionary, changemaker, and philanthropist whose humble track record speaks volumes of his passion for helping others. Having lived a life filled with tenacity and a gilt-edged zeal, this power player goes beyond common barriers in order to spark change and impact lives among individuals who are experiencing ADHD.
Hailing from the streets of Skid Row, Los Angeles, Paris Brown is a go-getting individual who is not afraid to dip his toes into a variety of fields in order to help people thrive and survive. Over the years, he has achieved countless promising milestones in his life, propelling his career into the industry’s summits. With his newfound venture, he hopes to launch fundraising efforts for people with ADHD.
4. Zac Prince
Zac Prince is an esteemed visionary, innovative thinker, and changemaker who is currently making waves across the tech space with his fiery vision and unparalleled vigor for the industry’s revolution. He is the founder of BlockFi, a rising trade execution services provider that is sparking changes for forward-thinking institutions and retail investors looking to invest in the bitcoin realm. With an impressive track record in propelling tech companies such as Adtech, Admeld, and Sociomantic towards the summits of success, it comes as no surprise how this power player is currently taking the industry by storm with grace and finesse.
5. Brian Long
As the COVID-19 pandemic bolsters the ecommerce industry, Brian Long, the CEO and co-founder of Attentive, is taking center stage, as his booming enterprise hit a $2.2 billion valuation last year. His unconventional strategies, intelligent approach, and remarkable experience in the tech industry have opened many doors of opportunities in 2021, leading to massive growth in his company, from 150 employees to a staggering 400 member count under its belt. Armed with a passion for striving for excellence, Brian continues to launch a number of groundbreaking initiatives designed to revolutionize the tech industry with grace.
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6. Jason Feldman
Widely acclaimed for his forward-thinking disposition and exceptional capacities, Jason Feldman is currently taking center stage with his innovative breakthroughs and groundbreaking solutions in the healthcare industry. As a passion-driven individual who likes to take two steps ahead of the game, Jason elevates the industry up a notch by optimizing men’s health through Vault Health. With his remarkable experience in shaping enterprises to fit into the molds of success, such as Amazon, Hanesbrand, Inc., and The Body Shop, Jason impeccably leads Vault Health by specializing in men’s health through personalized care, at-home treatments, and telemedicine.
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7. Gina Bartasi
Gina Bartasi is a serial entrepreneur with twenty years’ worth of experience in health tech and an incredible track record in leading businesses towards greatness. A changemaker by passion and profession, this go-getting individual transcends limitations as she runs a trailblazing enterprise called Kindbody.
Kindbody is a fertility clinic designed to provide family-building care in modern and tech-enabled clinics. Having learned the plights of her employers, Gina Bartasi decided to launch Kindbody in order to bridge the gap in the healthcare industry. Established in 2018, this powerhouse emerges as one of the most sought-after fertility clinics across New York.
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Wanted has reshaped the way individuals search for their dream jobs. The platform allows job seekers to properly determine the worth of their skills and experiences when applying for any company. Wanted’s estimated annual revenue is at $17.3 million, and it employs over 276 professionals. The company believes that “talent should be recognized and appropriately rewarded for their contribution.” Gone are the days when employers had complete control over talent compensation as Wanted has made the job market as transparent, simple, and fair as possible. Wanted was co-founded by Jean Meyer and Balazs Alexa. The former is a serial entrepreneur and was a software engineer for both the AXA Group and BNP Paribas. He is also the founder of a dating app called Once. On the other hand, Alexa is also an experienced founder with a background in consulting, marketing analysis, and lecturing. The duo also co-founded DateMySchool.
9. SPEAR Physical Therapy
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Known as an award-winning health establishment built in New York City and named as one of the fastest-growing companies by Inc., and hailed as the National Practice of the Year by the American Physical Therapy Association’s Private Practice Section, SPEAR Physical Therapy continually takes the spotlight. With over 15 locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn, SPEAR is the only private physical therapy practice that made its way to the New York Stock Exchange. The company is also accredited by the New York State Department of Education to provide credits for its physical therapists during their on-site management and clinical training. SPEAR was founded in 1999 by two friends and athletes, Dan Rootenberg and David Endres, who wanted to provide unparalleled patient experience.
10. Grace Beverley
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At 23, Grace Beverley serves as the CEO and Founder of the multimillion euro fashion company, TALA. She is also the founder of the fitness app Shreddy all while she studies music at the University of Oxford.
TALA was founded in 2019. The pieces they come up with are made of recycled materials as well as the packaging for the pieces. Beverley made sure to equip her team with the skills necessary to capture the attention of consumers. True enough, within just one year after it was founded, TALA amassed over £6.2 million for its sales. Now, the company has factories in Turkey, China, Portugal, and Morocco.