Security Check: Chris Korhonen is the CTO of Minibar Delivery, a wine and liquor delivery service in NYC. He’s a Brit originally from “up Norf”, but spent about 5 years living on the South coast in Brighton, meaning loads of trips to London. He’s worked for huge companies and small startups, and been in NYC for almost 7 years and loving it!
What’s your historical London and New York connection?
I first started traveling to NYC with work in 2006. I was a software engineer at American Express, based in Brighton, so spent a lot of time on the phone with Americans! I loved it, it was such a vibrant city with so much diversity. I think after the first day I knew that I wanted to live here. In 2008, I managed to engineer a relocation via work and haven’t looked back.
Describe your experience in New York as a Londoner.
It was a relatively easy transition, the biggest problem has been the accent and occasionally being mistaken for a “post Australian”! Oh, and I do miss the wonderful British cuisine, I have no idea why Sunday roasts haven’t caught on over here.
How can New York and London better engage with each other?
I’d like to see more cross over events in the tech community. There is so much that we can learn from each other as we build and scale our respective businesses.
Favorite NYC secret spot: Angel’s Share, a speakeasy hidden in the back of a Japanese restaurant with phenomenal cocktails.
Favorite London secret spot: Not secret, The Chandos in Trafalgar Square, the embodiment of a traditional British pub.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I think I’m living there!
In flight entertainment:
- What’s playing in your headphones right now? Owl City’s latest album.
- And what are you currently reading? Shake, a new perspective on cocktails. Both work-related education and preparation for summer parties.