In recent years, the technology scene of New York City has solidified itself as an epicenter of talent and vibrant start-ups. Affectionately known as the Silicon Alley, New York City is now a viable alternative for developers and founders looking to stay on the East Coast with their business goals and aspirations. Here are nine entrepreneurs that are making a big impact:

BROOKE HAMMERLING, FOUNDER – BREW MEDIA RELATIONS:

Hammerling’s PR business boasts an impressive list of clients including tech giant Oracle. Her midsize agency serves many of the biggest tech companies on the scene with its unique approach to getting stories published and its emphasis on networking.

ALEXIS OHANIAN, CO-FOUNDER – REDDIT: After launching the wildly successful social media user forum site, Ohanian now spends much of his time advising tech start-ups. Lately, Reddit has taken on a life of its own, being a leader in the fight against internet regulation.

JESSICA LAWRENCE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – NY TECH MEETUP:

Lawrence decided to try her talents at something different after leading a successful non-profit in California, moving to the East Coast and taking on the top post at NY Tech Meetup. This group brings together industry leaders in the city, hosting a variety of networking events so popular that they are live-streamed for those not lucky enough to get tickets.

AZITA ARDAKANI, FOUNDER – LOVESOCIAL:

As founder of Lovesocial, Ardakani uses her experience in advertising to facilitate progress by using ads as a way to influence social change. With clients including Oprah, the United Nations, and more, Lovesocial focuses on a variety of important issues such as clean water and protecting the environment.

ROB KALIN, CHRIS MAGUIRE, JARED TARBELL, AND HAIM SCHOPPIK, CO-FOUNDERS – ETSY:

As the masterminds behind Etsy, these four entrepreneurs were among the first to harness the popularity of the homemade craft market and bring it online. The Brooklyn company was founded in 2005 and still remains private, despite its over one million users.

NANCY LUBLIN, CEO – DOSOMETHING.ORG:

This organization mobilizes the passion of young people to positively affect social change. Lublin has been at the helm since 2003, directing efforts to address a myriad of modern issues.