Mayor Michael Bloomberg today warned that the gains the city has made in the tourism and tech sectors and in public safety should not be taken for granted.(1)
Grobart said he pitched the column to technology editor Damon Darlin and Business Day editor Larry Ingrassia a few months ago. It will run at around 1,200 words each week.
On its surface, the wide-ranging patent lawsuit Yahoo filed against Facebook this week looks like a clash of the Internet titans. But underneath, New York's tech startup scene is bristling at the news; and not for any great love of Mark Zuckerberg's I.P.O.-bound social network. It's because this Yahoo suit breaks the informal rules that bind New York's tech community together.
Keeping Foursquare 'good': In 15 months, the startup’s grown from 250,000 to 8 million members; it's Chrysanthe Tenentes' job to listen to all of them
For the past 15 months, Chrysanthe Tenentes has been part of the team working on one of New York’s most prominent and exciting start-ups: the mobile-social application Foursquare. In January of last year, when she joined, there were about 250,000 Foursquare users. Today, there are more than eight million. It's her job to listen to all of them.
You’ll find these symbols peeking out from the corner of a subway advertisement for the New York Public Library, the Flying Karamazov Brothers’ show at the Minetta Lane Theatre and JetBlue package deals.
On a building at Wooster Street and Grand Street, on the same wall where Banksy’s infamous rat wearing an “I <3 NY” t-shirt was once painted, you’ll see Picasso’s face formed with hundreds of these symbols, including one giant one painted at eye-level. Take out your phone, snap a picture of the code with a special application, and you will be directed to a mobile site advertising the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ new show: “Picasso: Discover the Master.”(1)
The city has found its chief digital officer. Rachel Sterne, the 27-year-old founder of citizen journalism site GroundReport and an adjunct professor of social media and entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School, will take on the new role created by the Bloomberg administration to coordinate the city's communication efforts and use social media and the web to gather feedback and information from citizens.(2)
New York's tech scene is distinct. Perhaps not always first in innovation—a few zip codes in California and Massachusetts get that distinction most of the time—but the city has grown a reputation for breeding some of the most exciting, creative consumer developments online.
This fall, here are three New York tech trends to watch out for.(2)