Between General Assembly setting up shop in London and poaching New York tech loyalist Courtney Boyd Myers as director of audience development, we might as well rename Shoreditch “Silicon Alley East.”
All of your old friends with be across the pond this Friday, as well as a très chic new one: Valentine Uhovski, Tumblr’s head of fashion, who replaced controversial fashion director Richard Tong. (Technically, Mr. Uhovski’s title is “Fashion Evangelist,” because of course.)
Shut Up Nerds
Courtney Boyd Myers, once named the “blogger everyone knows” in the New York tech scene by Betabeat, is moving on and across the pond to take a job as General Assembly’s Director of Audience Development for the new London and Berlin campuses.
Ms. Myers, who happens to be a bikeriding, globetrotting yogi, joined The Next Web a year and a half ago. She’s written features about startups, the culture of innovation and the intersection of technology and education, including Are New Technologies Making us Happier?, Why Online Education is Ready for Disruption, Now and How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education.
Over the last few years, the rhetoric in Silicon Alley has started to sound like a Bring It On sequel. The rhetoric is dominated by two themes: boostery New York exceptionalism—in September 2009, the high-profile investor Fred Wilson gave a talk called “NYC’s Startup Scene: What makes it special?”—and the David and Goliath narrative, with Silicon Valley as the reigning champion versus New York as the cool, scrappy young challenger. Read More