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May 15, 2012


Nearly 500 Tech Startups Have Launched in New York City Since 2007

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne and Internet Week New York Chairman David-Michel Davies today unveiled the “Made in NY” Digital Jobs Map, an interactive guide to the City’s startups, investors, incubators, and coworking spaces, including over 325 digital companies that are currently hiring for thousands of jobs. Highlighting the vibrant state of New York’s digital industry, Mayor Bloomberg invited startups and job seekers around the country to get on the map by moving to New York City. Created by Internet Week New York in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Made in NY Digital Map already plots more than 500 digital companies across the five boroughs. The map offers direct links to the companies’ jobs listings pages and pinpoints the city’s hottest tech hubs, from the Flatiron District to DUMBO. The Mayor made the announcement at Internet Week headquarters and was also joined by Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky and Branch CEO Josh Miller.

“New York City is the place to be if you’re a growing tech startup,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “Our tech companies are looking for talent, and we want to make sure that everyone – no matter where they live today – knows about these jobs and is able to apply for them.”

“With so many exciting home-grown NYC success stories being joined by an ever-growing list of digital companies moving to New York, keeping this map current is going to be a high-class challenge,” Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel said. “New York’s momentum in tech continues to grow as companies realize that this is the destination of choice for talent from around the five boroughs and around the world.”

“This initiative not only shows that New York City’s digital industry is stronger than ever, it will also contribute to its growth by showcasing the multitudes of great Internet companies already doing business in our great city,” said David-Michel Davies, co-chair of Internet Week New York. “We are thrilled to partner with the Mayor's Office to create this visual guide to the digital companies that have made New York City a global hub for innovation.”

“The Made in NY Digital Jobs Map shows New Yorkers the brilliant internet companies that are booming right in their backyard, and with more than 1,000 engineering jobs, proves that New York City is open for business,” said Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne. “I would like to thank Commissioner Katherine Oliver for coming up with this transformative idea, the team at Internet Week NY and NYC Digital for working so hard to bring it to life, and to the Association for a Better New York for their support.”

“Today’s announcement once again demonstrates the City’s commitment to our growing innovation economy,” said New York City Economic Development President Seth W. Pinsky. “The Made in New NY Digital Jobs Map will not only showcase the incredible size and diversity of New York City’s start-up community, but it will also provide critical information and resources that will assist these emerging businesses and entice the next wave of entrepreneurs to bring their enormous talents to New York City.”

“The energy in the New York tech scene right now is contagious,” said Branch CEO Josh Miller. “From HackNY to the New York Tech Meetup, there is this incredible sense of community and opportunity. The city’s legacy industries are even starting to take note of the innovation happening here. It’s an exciting time to be a New York City entrepreneur.”

“The Digital Jobs Map is a critical tool in the ongoing effort to show that New York is a real competitor in the global tech sector,” said William C. Rudin, Chairman of the Association for a Better New York, which helped to fund the map. “We’re happy to help showcase the exciting and innovative tech community that is thriving in our city.”

“As our city continues to solidify its reputation as a hub for tech, we need to make sure that New Yorkers are both aware of available opportunities at these firms and qualified for them,” said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “This roadmap to employment is another great step the City is taking to foster this industry and help achieve our common goal of making New York City the tech capital of the world. I applaud Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Oliver, David-Michel Davies, and Rachel Sterne for their work on this important project.”

“I thank Mayor Bloomberg, Commissioner Oliver, and Rachel Sterne for their continued efforts to foster this growing tech industry and create more good paying jobs for New Yorkers,” said Council Member Karen Koslowitz, Chair of the Council Committee on Economic Development. “The City Council is proud to work with the Bloomberg Administration to diversify our city's economic engine and ensure the stability and well-being of our economy.”

The Made in NY Digital Map arrives on the heels of the New Tech City Report from the Center for an Urban Future, which revealed that New York City has surpassed Boston to become the nation’s number two tech hub – outranked only by Silicon Valley. Riding a wave of start-ups, the report said that “New York has emerged as a national leader in fields that leverage the Internet and mobile technologies – a development that has provided a key economic boost and left the city well positioned for future tech growth.” Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the map at Internet Week New York, a citywide festival showcasing New York City’s leadership in digital culture and commerce. This year, more than 45,000 people are expected to attend over 225 panels, conferences, exhibits, meet-ups, concerts, and parties taking place across the city from May 14-21. During the unveiling, the City’s #loveNYC photo contest winner, Milton Washington, served as the City’s official Instagramer and captured photos of the full event. To see his photos, visit NYC Gov’s Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

The Made in NY Map draws its data from sources including NYC Digital, New York City Economic Development Corporation, Internet Week New York, New York Tech Meetup, and user-generated submissions. Distribution of the map was made possible thanks to the Association for a Better New York. It was designed and coded by New Yorker Mike Bodge in association with the Internet Week New York executive team and New York City Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne.


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