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March 10 – Another Silicon Valley? New York’s Astonishing Growth as a Tech City

Nineteen years ago, The Gotham Center asked if New York City had “dropped the ball on computers,” after serving as the “crucible for communications technologies since the early nineteenth century — telegraph, movies, radio, TV.” Well, if our elected officials and the tech community are to be believed, those days are over. Since 2010, Gotham has become a fast-growing rival to Silicon Valley, thanks to various individuals and organizations in government, business, and the non-profit sector — and despite recent troubles with Amazon. In this wide-ranging discussion, we explore the recent history of New York City’s rise as a tech mecca, and discuss what the future holds for venture capital, employment, diversity, and platform companies such as Uber and Airbnb.

Tuesday, March 10th, 6:30 – 8 PM


Sharon Zukin, Graduate Center/Brooklyn College, CUNY sociologist; author, The Innovation Complex: Cities, Tech, and the New Economy
David Ehrenberg, CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard
Ben Kallos, NYC Council, District 5
Judith Spitz, Founding Program Director, Women in Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY), Cornell Tech
John Frankel, Founding Partner, ff Venture Capital
Moderator: Greg David, Columnist, Crain’s NY; Director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY

This event is free but you must RSVP here.


The Graduate Center, CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Avenue (btw. 34th & 35th St.)

Presented with The Graduate Center, CUNY’s Office of Public Programs