New York startups, the Charging Bull and American optimism

New York startups

It’s no secret that I love traveling, sharing ideas, meeting people and talking about sales. Our workshop series, Make Your Startup a Sales Machine, combines each of these, and I’m thrilled to be meeting entrepreneurs in different counties and cities. Last week I was fortunate to speak to founding teams, business owners and early-stage entrepreneurs near Charging Bull in New York City.

New York City has an unmistakable vibe. It’s fast-moving, noisy, and everything about it has a sense of speed: including people and business (OK, there are moments where the traffic stands still).  

Whether you’ve been to The Big Apple or not, you’ll recognize the iconic Charging Bull statue in New York’s Financial District. The three-and-a-half-ton bronze bull is also known as the Wall Street Bull. It can be found on Bowling Green Park, where it’s a recognizable and well-photographed landmark in the city – there’s almost a constant stream of visitors taking photos with the bull (at both ends).

The Charging Bull was not an approved piece of artwork – also, surprisingly, it is not owned by New York City, and to this day is still under a temporary permit. It was originally a piece of guerilla art created by Sicilian artist Arturo Di Modica, who delivered it to be found on the morning of December, 15, 1989, underneath the New York Stock Exchange Christmas tree as a seasonal gift to New York. The bull didn’t stay very long, as later that day it was loaded on a truck and moved by the New York City Police Department, with citations for lack of permit and traffic obstruction.  

A local businessman who was in the Financial District’s Bowling Green Association, Arthur Piccolo, read about the bull, its removal and the artist’s intentions. Working with the Di Modica and other local contacts, Piccolo arranged for the bull to be placed back in the Financial District on 20 December – to its current location at Bowling Green – just a few blocks away from the New York Stock Exchange.

Di Modica once said that the bull was a symbol of the “strength and power of the American people” and I love that sentiment. Along with the ambition and perseverance of how the bull ended up where it is today, it sums up New York City and its entrepreneurial spirit.

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