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Forget Silicon Valley: Tech CEO Explains What’s So Great About New York

Shafqat Islam

In the 19th century, immigrants would come to New York City with the dream of finding a city where the streets were paved with gold. While precious metals may not actually line these streets, there is no doubt that it’s a city where dreams are made. In 2010, when we moved NewsCred’s headquarters from Switzerland to the US, we had to decide where to settle down. San Francisco was the obvious answer. But we ended up choosing New York, and I’m always happy to explain the many reasons we’ve chosen to call this city home. Read More

Teach Me How to Startup

Cornell Tech Unveils The Jacobs Institute, Next Step Toward Full NYC Debut

Cornel's future tech campus on Roosevelt  Island. (Photo via Cornel Tech)

Tech workers are in serious demand in New York City, and Cornell Tech is getting set to build a tech campus that will bring a new generation of webutantes to NYC. This morning at Google’s offices in Chelsea, Cornell unveiled their plans for the Jacobs Institute, the next step in their build-up toward the opening of their NYC campus.

The Jacobs Institute, a collaboration between Cornell and Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is a small graduate program, providing custom-tailored degrees to address problems facing industries in New York. The first programs focus on the way information technology can be combined with connective media and health services. Read More

Insurgents

Introducing the Nextablishment

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You don’t need an inbox full of breathless press releases trumpeting identical calorie-counting dating apps with free weather alerts to know the start-up scene can be monotonous.

Ironpants and Guess the 90’s are today’s sparkly flakes at the bottom of the millrace, and every would-be Jack Dorsey with a beta and fancy card is joining the stampede. 

For that reason, it takes a lot to catch Betabeat’s hype-weary eye. But every once in a while, we come across an app or a website that looks like it could actually—yes—improve modern life (or at least insidiously colonize another lobe of your brain).

Here, we’ve assembled our annual list of tech visionaries based in New York City, a group of innovators, impresarios, paradigm-twisters and all-around entreprenerds leading the city’s tech scene. Read More

Insurgents

Call For Entries: 2014 Tech Insurgents

It’s a brand new year and time to take stock of what’s happening in our world.

Has Snapchat effectively eliminated the need for all forms of verbal communication? Almost. Do we now spend more time taking selfies than any other activity? Yes. Is Juan Pablo the hottest Bachelor in the show’s 17-season history? Definitely yes.

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Mayor Bloomberg, Eric Schmidt Dish on Upgrades to New York’s Tech Scene

Mayor Bloomberg and Mr. Dorsey. (Photo: nycgov.tumblr.com)

Earlier today, Betabeat ventured downtown for a tech-world double whammy: Not just Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but also Google chairman Eric Schmidt were scheduled to speak. The pair were stopping by the joint headquarters of Boxee and Sidetour for a quick check-up on the state of New York tech.

After a barrage of stats illustrating New York’s rise to tech superstardom–for example, between 2007 and 2010, the number of employees at New York City digital media companies has grown 74 percent–Mayor Bloomberg segued into the news, such as it was.

On the heels of a nighttime cab ride testing Square technology with CEO Jack Dorsey, he’d just come from a morning meeting where he’d convened leaders–from Valley heavy hitters like Twitter CEO Dick Costolo to Alley stalwarts like Union Square Ventures ringleader Fred Wilson–for a roundtable dubbed “Keeping the Edge,” focused on the areas of infrastructure, education, and innovation. Read More