Can we halt this epidemic once again? Of course, or at least the dangers can be greatly reduced. But of the more than a million Americans who are infected with HIV (there are fifty thousand new cases a year), many have no decent health care, and nearly a third are not even aware they are infected. Racism, homophobia, and poverty continue to drive much of the epidemic. Minorities have the highest infection levels and are least likely to have access to satisfactory medical attention or drug treatments. Obamacare will help, but how fast or how well, nobody yet knows. This should be repulsive to us all; those people need education immediately, but there is little public funding available to teach young gay African-American men how to have sex with each other safely. That’s the society we seem to have become.
TheLi.st has been working out of NYC’s Startup Institute for the past six months, along with a growing cadre of female-founded companies in what has become a de facto all-female co-working space - which makes it unique in New York City. Cool!
Backstory: In May 2013, Rachel Sklar & Glynnis MacNicol of TheLi.st got a dream email from Startup Institute NY director (& List stalwart) Christina Wallace: SI had come into the last 9 months of a lease on a full floor in Lower Manhattan. There was more space than she could use for the program, and thought it would be valuable to have experienced entrepreneurs on site to serve as mentors for the students and help create a vibrant community. Would TheLi.st like to anchor a co-working space there and invite its members to move in?
TheLi.st would indeed! We moved in on June 1, 2013, along with the first flagship companies: Fathom (Pavia Rosati & Jeralyn Gerba), Modern Loss (Rebecca Soffer & Gabi Birkner), Renaissance Weekend (Ali Gelles), followed shortly by CleverHive (Nerissa Holder Hall), Brick Wall Media (Melissa Lafsky), plus Sasha Laundy, Paula Froelich (which became A Broad Abroad), Lindsey Taylor Wood (who departed for The Conversation) and Kathleen Warner (resident itinerant), all working on individual projects. We grew and were joined by IRL Productions (Emily Gannett, Jackie Banda), Clear Health Costs (Jeanne Pinder), Jauntsetter (Dorothy McGivney, who sold to Gothamist shortly thereafter), Dear Kate (Julie Sygiel, Amanda Eller, Heidi Scheppman) Refine (Dana Hork) and most recently, Brooke Moreland and Meghan Asha. There will likely be more, which will likely mean moresunsetphotos.
We love our office and we love the great people and companies with whom we work, we love Lower Manhattan and the chance to work in the heart of our beloved city, we love being a unique and dynamic co-working space, and we love Startup Institute for making it possible.
This makes me proud. Top link in this week’s TheLi.st newsletter is Melissa Harris-Perry & bell hooks. Followed by Ariel Levy’s amazing, harrowing story of her pregnancy gone terribly wrong in Mongolia, followed by New York mag’s terrific collection of women telling their abortion stories. A top three that validates our conviction that people - not just women, people - are interested in progressive stories about social justice.