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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at]

Paul Graham’s recent remarks landed him in hot water. My two cents … Last week Chicago made Computer Science core curriculum in all public high schools & it’ll be first urban district with computer courses for kindergarten to 8th grade. I hope NYC is next! Other programs – Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code, AFSE. Kids coding early is great. I was lucky & got my start at age 11. Having said that, starting / funding a company shouldn’t be about when u started coding (or ur race, gender, nationality). Tech is a meritocracy. Lets keep it that way. Read More


De Blasio Camp Embraces Uber App–Even as Candidate Voices Concerns

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: A gas-electric hybrid taxi cab drives on a street March 1, 2011 in New York City. The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal in a case that ends New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's four-year fight to force the yellow-taxi industry in New York to fully replace its 13,000 vehicles with gas-electric hybrids. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Bill de Blasio isn’t sold on the benefits of hailing cabs via e-hail phone apps like Uber–but that hasn’t stopped his campaign from spending more than $1,000 dollars ferrying staffers using the service.

According to city campaign finance records, the Democratic mayoral front-runner and his Republican rival, Joe Lhota, have embraced the new technology, using it frequently for transportation on the campaign trail. Read More

Because Why Not

Bill de Blasio Fields Personal and Policy Questions on Reddit

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Having stumped across the five boroughs, Bill de Blasio took his front-running mayoral bid to a brand new frontier today: Reddit.

There, the Democrat fielded inquiries in one of the social news site’s “Ask Me Anything” forums. Unsurprisingly, the open format resulted in some atypical questions, from his favorite pizzeria to the “perfect geometric balance” of his son Dante afro. Read More

Wired City

Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio Talks Tech


Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is a proponent of equality. His approach has been slowly gaining steam in the mayoral race. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll of likely Democratic primary voters, Mr. de Blasio (21 percent) only trails Christine Quinn (27 percent).

Wired City: Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn worked toward making the city a tech hub. Were they successful? Read More