Tech:NYC Newsletter: June 16, 2016

Greetings from Tech:NYC! It’s been a great first month launching our organization and getting to know all of you. Have you joined us yet? We plan to send you these newsletters a couple times a month, but for more frequent updates, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

What we’ve been up to:

  • We launched! Board co-chairs Tim Armstrong and Fred Wilson explained why and what here. And we were featured in the New York Times here.

  • We had a great time celebrating our launch at the Metrograph. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Chuck Schumer, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and many of you all joined us to celebrate our growing community. Check out some photographs here

  • Since our launch, more than 200 companies and organizations have joined our growing ranks (and we’ve heard from hundreds more). We’ve been hard at work getting you all on board and are working on plans to meet with each of you! We’ll be holding member “office hours” soon—watch this space for details. And if you’ve joined, look for your company’s logo on our member page here.

  • Along with CornellTech@Bloomberg, we hosted a wide-ranging conversation between Fred Wilson and Ron Conway about NYC and SF trends and how tech communities in each city are engaging in their home communities. We were lucky to hear from one of NYC’s most famous and successful entrepreneurs: Mike Bloomberg. You can read more about the event here

  • Tech:NYC and CSNYC, along with leaders of the city's tech industry, wrote a letter to the leadership of New York State urging an extension of mayoral control of schools, which is necessary to support efforts to ensure NYC public school students get access to computer science education. You can read that letter here; the Daily News wrote about ithere. And our executive director Julie Samuels had an oped in Crain’s on the same subject last week.

  • We hosted Senator Schumer at AppNexus for an intimate event to talk about what’s working and what isn’t for tech companies in New York City. 
     
  • Executive Director Julie Samuels wrote an op-ed in the Daily News urging a comprehensive solution to home-sharing in New York, instead of a hastily-passed myopic bill in response to a single company.

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