City of Women

Maria Teresa Cometto —  April 22, 2013 — Leave a comment

A whole chapter in “Tech and the City” answer the question “Is New York a Hospitable Place for Female Entrepreneurs?”. Yes it is, we wrote. And now more evidence comes from NYCEDC: in NYC there are more women in the tech industry; 18% of NY startups are founded by women compared to 10% in Silicon Valley. Fiona Peach, Assistant Vice President, and Andrea Moore, Project Manager, Economic Research and Analysis, concludes: <<While the balance of women and men in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is certainly not yet even, the data seem to imply that New York City is on its way to a better equilibrium. As Silicon Alley continues to grow and applied sciences programs from Cornell, Columbia, and New York Universities expand, even more opportunities for women in tech will grow in New York City.>>

As a follow up to the Soho Apple store event, Brad Feld wrote a fantastic review of our book: it’s “excellent” he says, and in particular he loves how we “segmented the New York startup community into six neighborhoods.

  • Flatiron / Union Square: The Heart of Silicon Alley
  • The Meatpacking District and Chelsea: Tech and the City
  • East Village, Soho, and Lower Manhattan: The Boheme of the Third Millennium
  • Brooklyn: The Do-It-Yourself Revolution
  • The Bronx: Sunshine Fortress
  • Long Island City in Queens: The 3D Generation

<<If you’ve heard me talk about startup communities, you’ll recognize this as the same approach I take when talking about larger communities like New York, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Boston/Cambridge. In these cases, the startup neighborhoods look similar to a startup community like Boulder – there is an incredible density of startup activity in a small geographic area. In a city like New York, rather than having everything in one place, you have a series of neighborhoods that have this entrepreneurial density, but are connected together to form the overall startup community.>>

Next event about “Tech and the City” at NYU Stern, tomorrow, April 23, at from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. You should register here. 

 

Maria Teresa Cometto

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