Here’s a fabulous initiative led by New York city’s most successful VC, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures: My colleagues at The NYC Foundation For Computer Science Education and I are raising a $5mm seed fund to invest in computer science education in the NYC public school system… and now we are now opening it up to others who want to participate alongside of us. A VC: The Computer Science Education Fund It’s a wonderful idea that needs to be replicated here in San Francisco and Silicon Valley public schools. Our public schools are broken but they should be showcases for Silicon Valley and not basket cases with nearly 50% dropout rates. Fred Wilson writes: I got to this place initially out of self interest (how to get more coders for our portfolio companies in NYC?), but it quickly became about way more than that. When you walk into a school and see kids from neighborhoods like Brownsville and the South Bronx sitting in front of laptops and making … [Read more...] about New York VCs pledge millions to turn their public schools into code academies
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On the 21st floor of New York's Woolworth Building, the tallest building in the world when it was completed in 1913, there's a new structure that's on track to break records. David Etherington, the chief strategy officer at municipal advertising giant Titan, is helping to create a structure that will supply free, ultra-high-speed Wi-Fi Internet to anyone within about 150 feet. Once completed, there will be up to 10,000 of these structures, known as Links, that will replace all of the city's unused phone booths scattered across the five boroughs. The new Wi-Fi hubs represent a push among city officials to elevate New York as a technology and innovation destination, a description that is most often resigned to Silicon Valley in the US and to many other cities abroad, namely London, Singapore and Seoul, where broadband is one-tenth the price it is in New York and twice as fast, according to the Open Technology Institute. And it underscores an effort to narrow the digital … [Read more...] about In New York, Starbucks and now Internet on almost every corner
SAN FRANCISCO -- How do you get more women into the technology industry?YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has two answers.In the short term, it must come straight from the leaders in Silicon Valley. The CEOs of tech companies must come up with programs and demand more diversity from recruiters, she said. "They need to say, 'we need to do better,'" she said Thursday here during a panel at the Salesforce Dreamforce conference.Longer term, she said computer science needs to be a requirement in schools. That way, the exposure and resources are available to everyone. (Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a requirement that all the city's public schools teach computer science to students.)Silicon Valley has faced tough questions as the treatment of women and minorities in tech has become top of mind for the past several months. High-profile lawsuits and gender discrimination complaints have attracted additional scrutiny. But all this also speaks to how influential the … [Read more...] about YouTube CEO talks diversity, computer science and charging Google’s founders for rent
Image credit: Kilograph New York City's push to become the tech and startup hub of the east coast is no secret. The city and state governments, the education sector, major tech and finance companies, and the startup world have all bought into building and sustaining a pipeline of ambitious young entrepreneurs and innovative technologists. Whether you call it "Silicon Alley" or not, the idea is to educate and train new generations of tech and business professionals, give them internships, encourage them to build products, develop business plans, enter the tech workforce, or start companies based in NYC that feed back into the city's economy. Cornell Tech is a cornerstone of that strategy. Back in late 2011, a bid from Cornell University in partnership with the the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology won then-mayor Michael Bloomberg's $100 million competition to build a state-of-the-art applied sciences and engineering graduate school on Roosevelt Island. Situated on the north … [Read more...] about Roosevelt Island: New York City’s Next Startup Hub?
As someone who works in New York and is a big believer in technology education, I've been looking forward to the opening of the new Cornell Tech campus, which houses the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, for several years now. Not only does Cornell Tech represent some new ideas in graduate technology education, including a joint venture between Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, but it's also the first completely new engineering campus to open in a long time. The campus, which sits on Roosevelt Island in the East River between Manhattan and Queens, opened yesterday, with politicians and leaders from Cornell and Technion talking about what the campus represents. (Left to Right: Verizon Communications Chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cornell President Martha E. Pollack, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Technion President Peretz Lavie, Cornell Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Harrison, and Cornell Tech Dean and Vice … [Read more...] about Cornell Tech: Designing a New Engineering Campus for New York City