Ryan Holmes, chief executive officer of Hootsuite, may have grown up on a farm without electricity, but this 40-year-old Canadian went on to found a social media management tool with over 11 million users.
When Holmes travels from his home base in Vancouver, it's New York City that captures his imagination. Forget the stuffy midtown mentality of the business world, though. Holmes prefers to do his work downtown while rubbing elbows with the hipster crowd.
If you have two days and want to make the most of your time in the Big Apple - both personally and professionally - here are his insider tips:
Best way to get to town from the airport: Uber or a cab is my way to go.
Where to stay: The Ace Hotel is a favorite. They have a mini suite with some furnishings like a turntable and guitar that makes you feel like you're at home. The Gansevoort and The Standard are also fun and in the Meatpacking District. If I'm in early and my room isn't ready, I'll hang at the Ace.
Caffeinate: Stumptown Coffee Roasters (lobby of the Ace Hotel). It's like having a little piece of the west coast in New York City. I'm also a Blue Bottle fan - they have several digs now.
Where to have a productive business meeting: The Ace lobby is way too busy for a secret meeting. Standard Grill has these amazing booths that you can tuck away into to have a productive business meeting. The atmosphere is elegant, yet laid back - great for talking business or just building relationships over food and drink. Soho House is good if you're a member, and Gansevoort Rooftop is also fantastic for poolside meetings.
Ideal place for a team outing: Some of the best places in NYC are the hole-in-the-wall eats and hidden bars. I love taking my team out to the city's speakeasies in Alphabet City - they're great for catching up over unique cocktails and clever spaces. SPiN is also pretty cool for some team ping pong.
Preferred power breakfast spot: The Breslin with some Stumptown is a pretty killer combo and really convenient if you're staying at the Ace.
Eat, drink and be fit: Don't-miss meals at Spice Market or Momofuku, and, to burn it all off, hit a SoulCycle.
Tourist traps that are worth a visit, if you've got some time to spare: It's usually a (expletive) to navigate, but every so often, I like just sitting around Times Square and getting lost in the crowds. If you want something a bit more chill, the High Line at sunset is great.
Watering hole: The Top of the Standard has some gorgeous views. Sleep No More has a great bar, but it is a bit more of an investment in the night.