August Newsletter: We blinked and summer is already almost over

This is the August2019 edition of the Tech:NYC newsletter. If you're not already getting this in your inbox, sign up now.

It’s hard to believe the summer season is already winding down, but the Tech:NYC team has been hard at work preparing for a busy — and exciting — fall! Here’s a few things to look out for:

As you may have seen, we’ve just kicked off a new series of roundtables we’re calling Functions.NYC — an opportunity for employees working at all levels inside Tech:NYC member companies to have lunch (Taco Tuesdays!) with our city’s civic and government leaders to discuss how New York functions day in and day out. We have monthly gatherings set up through the rest of the year, and we’d love for you to be a part of them. You can sign up to receive invitations here — and we hope to impress you with our taco bowl game.

Next month, we’re also back with our monthly Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg speaker series, where we’ll talk with VSCO co-founder and CEO Joel Flory about all things AI and creative technology, plus the annual Tech Gives Back initiative comes back bigger than ever before.

We’ve also been using our summer to dig in on all the things that make the New York tech ecosystem great: our diversity and our talent. To highlight that, we’re working on two large research projects — one that gives us more insight into tech’s reach across other sectors in NYC that updates our data on the diversity of the NYC tech workforce, and one that maps the city’s resources in preparing New Yorkers for a career in tech.

We’re excited to share more on these projects soon — alongside all of our ongoing initiatives — and we hope to say hello at one of our upcoming events. Happy Labor Day weekend!




We kicked off Congressional Startup Day 2019 with the initiative’s first nationwide event, a company-wide AMA with Rep. Jerry Nadler at WayUp! Read CEO Liz Wessel’s recap on what the experience was like for her and her employees.

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We launched our new Functions.NYC roundtable series — an opportunity for employees at our member companies to meet civic and government leaders and discuss the things that help our city run. If you work at a Tech:NYC member company and are interested in attending future discussions, sign up to receive invitations here!


We continued the Congressional Startup Day 2019 festivities with Rep. Yvette Clarke at Industrious! Brooklyn is now home to 1,200+ tech startups and we’re grateful to have Rep. Clarke’s support as the borough’s innovation economy continues to grow.



It’s time again for Brooklyn Bridge Ventures’ annual Fall Fundraising Days, four days of curated events, office hours, panels, and a unique full day conference with investors from both coasts. To see the full schedule of events from September 10-13, and to register to participate, click here

AI4ALL is seeking companies to participate in its Changemakers in AI Virtual Internship Fair on September 25. During the fair, companies will have early access to top college-aged AI talent, as well as the opportunity to promote 2020 summer internship opportunities in a variety of artificial intelligence subdisciplines. Get more details here. Register by August 30.

New Lab has partnered with global startup generator Antler to provide an unparalleled support ecosystem for entrepreneurs to launch new ventures. Individuals can apply without having a company and, if selected, are provided with an ecosystem of founders, advisors, investors and technology to help them find a co-founder, validate business models, and raise capital. Find more details and apply here by September 23.

Applications are now open for the next cohort of Living Lab startups. With the program, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership partners with tech companies to pilot products in real world situations. Using DBP-operated public spaces as a testing ground for smart city technologies, participating groups share their data and findings with DBP for future planning purposes. Get more details here.



September 5: Join Betaworks Studios for its next AMA Live with BBG Ventures president and managing partner Susan Lyne. Register here.

September 10: Join us for the next installment of Tech:NYC’s Functions.NYC event series, a roundtable on the ins and outs of city planning with Municipal Arts Society president Elizabeth Goldstein. To request an invitation, sign up here.

September 11: Join Stacklist for a pitch night and panel discussion Brooklyn Bridge Ventures founder Charlie O’Donnell, Techstars managing director Jenny Fielding, and others on securing early-stage funding. Get tickets here.

September 12: Join Company for a conversation with “CEO whisperer” Jerry Colonna, to discuss his new book Reboot and how to lead with humanity, resiliency, and composure. Tickets include a copy of the book. Get tickets here.

September 15: Bloomberg hosts Data for Good Exchange (D4GX) 2019, an annual forum on the use of data for social change. This year's forum will focus on how data scientists, corporations, policy makers and researchers can collaborate on data science projects that will move us toward achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Find more details and register here.

September 16: Join Tech:NYC, along with our partners Cornell Tech and Bloomberg, for the first event of the new season of the Cornell Tech@Bloomberg speaker series, featuring VSCO co-founder and CEO Joel Flory. Registration is required here.

September 18: Join Out in Tech with URBAN-X for a discussion on the joys and challenges of launching a new venture and why it's important to fund solutions that catalyze inclusion and equity in cities. Featuring speakers from Sidewalk Labs, BMW Group, Swiftera, and more. Get tickets here.

September 26: NYCML’19, NYC Media's Lab's Annual Summit, will activate the Downtown Brooklyn community with panels and keynotes on the future of media; 100 interactive technology demonstrations; cutting-edge research and startup presentations; and 18+ hands-on workshops from Verizon 5G Labs, ASCAP, The Associated Press, and more. Register today for 30% off tickets with code “TechNYC.” 

September 27: Betaworks Studios host the next installment of RENDER, their day-long conference series exploring new areas of frontier technology. Speakers include Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley and others. Get tickets here.



A warm welcome to our newest members:

  • Airbud: Turn your website conversational.

  • Cloud Native Computing Foundation: Building sustainable ecosystems for cloud native Software.

  • Concertio: AI-Powered performance optimization toolkit for turning general-purpose systems into high-performant, tailor-made systems.

  • Influreply Inc.: Business management suite for influencers. 

  • Live Building Systems: A platform to provide access to all utility activity in real-time.

  • Veratad: A suite of cloud-based verification technologies designed to reduce fraud and compliance risk while maximizing profit.



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