Today, after a day of bopping around Silicon Valley, with stops at Y Combinator and Yahoo, Mike Bloomberg headed to the Square HQ to meet with San Francisco mayor Ed Lee for an announcement: They’re teaming up to co-host the second annual Bloomberg Technology Summit.
(Not that they bothered renaming the event.)
Would-be mayor Jack Dorsey introduced the pair. How he managed not to pass out from sheer childlike excitement is anyone’s guess.
The gathering is the stuff conspiracy theories and Fox News freak-outs are made of. The right honorable mayors will be gathering up 25 or so leaders in “technology, business, government the community” to hang out for a day and talk about how to be better at things like modern infrastructure and supporting startups. It’ll be broken into two sessions, the first here in NYC on September 30, the second in San Francisco sometime in 2014.
The goal is to identify the best practices that have made the Valley and Alley successful, so they can be spread, all evangelical-like, to other cities.
“Like San Francisco, New York has already had a lot of success building the digital city,” said Mayor Bloomberg. (Reached for comment, the city of Boston just rolled its eyes heavenward.) If individual cites can figure this ish out on their own, he said, “despite all the gridlock in Washington, our economy will grow.” Somebody a little irritated with D.C., maybe?
Attendees at last October’s inaugural edition included Eric Schmidt, Fred Wilson and Etsy’s Chad Dickerson. Expect “people that are interested in advancing their economies or creating businesses or working together,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “You know, the Jack Dorseys and the mayor, that’s the kind of person you want to have there.”
Just to add a frisson of oligarchy to the proceedings, the event is being co-sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Ron Conway-run advocacy group sf.citi, which lobbies for startup-friendly policies in San Francisco.
Before sweeping out, Mr. Bloomberg turned to Mr. Conway, sitting in the audience, and complimented his work on sf.citi. “We want you to come up to New York and do that for us.” “I’ll be at the summit,” he responded. “There’s your answer to who’ll be there,” Mr. Bloomberg told the crowd.