Alessandro Piol —  March 7, 2013 — Leave a comment

Educational Institutions

New York is home to several major Universities. Some of them have prestigious specialized Schools or programs focused on media and technology. Here are some of the ones offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

City Tech (CUNY)

Columbia University Fu Foundation SEAS

Columbia Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering

Cooper Union

Cornell NYC Tech

Courant Institute (NYU)

FIT Baker School of Business and Technology

New York Institute of Technology


Parsons School of Design

Pratt Institute

Tisch ITP (NYU)


There are also a variety of courses and classes offered on entrepreneurship, technology and programming. General Assembly, for example, is a startup incubator but also a campus that offers classes in technology, business and design, while Coursehorse is a site listing a searchable database of classes offered at any point in time in NYC. And there are other programs that offer training in programming and entrepreneurship, both offline and online, as well as “learning by doing” and internship programs. Here’s some of the most significant:

Code Academy



General Assembly


Hacker School

Lean Startup Machine



The Flatiron School


Finally, there are also programs aimed at high school students. The Academy for Software Engineering (AFSE) has just been launched in New York, offering a high school degree augmented by programming courses. And Girls who Code is an organization aiming to prepare 13-17 year-old girls for opportunities in technology and engineering.

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Alessandro Piol is a New York-based venture capitalist and angel investor with over 30 years of experience in the technology industry. Alessandro is a Partner and co-founder of Vedanta Capital. Previously he was a General Partner of Invesco Private Capital where he headed the technology practice. Prior to joining Invesco, Alessandro spent 10 years with AT&T where he co-founded AT&T Ventures, the venture capital arm of AT&T where he focused on early-stage new media investments, as well as Pixel Machines, an AT&T-backed startup in the graphics super-computing business. Alessandro is President of the New York chapter of TiE, a global organization fostering entrepreneurship; he serves on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Board and the Board of Visitors of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering at Columbia University; and he is a mentor, advisor or board member of various private companies. He received an BS and MS in Computer Science from Columbia University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Twitter: @ilmago