Years ago, the idea of New York City being a "tech center" for startups and entrepreneurs seemed crazy. All the big startups, from Facebook to Twitter to Google, had issued forth from California's Silicon Valley.
But in recent years all that's changed. New York City has become second only to Silicon Valley as a source of light and heat in the tech world. Millions of dollars are flowing through the tech economy here to boost growing entrepreneurial ventures such as these 50 promising startups. And one reason for New York's stunning tech transformation may be Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
WNYC's New Tech City program has another idea: one Google employee didn't want to live in California, and he was too valuable for the company to let leave. So Google opened a New York office in 2006. Now, that office employs over three thousand people and has become a vital proving ground for early entrepreneurs.
Learn more about NYC's "pivot" into a tech destination, as well as important lessons for other municipalities who want to attract tech talent.