New York is a "tech mecca"? Huh? It looks you have an unplugged USB connection somewhere your honor. You might have someone on your staff check it out.
There is a whole new technology field of personal food production that is far more appropriate for city dwellers than digging around in dirt that is often contaminated. This urban ag technology includes sub-irrigated planter (SIP) systems, hydroponics, aeroponics and aquaponics.
The Big Apple isn't even close to being a player in this new industry that can create new jobs along with fresh food. National recognition in the technology field of urban food production is an attainable goal but it appears that we lack the civic leadership at this time to make it happen. That can change very quickly with public awareness and activism.
New York’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg threw down the gauntlet to Silicon Valley on Tuesday in a bid to attract the next generation of technology startups to the Big Apple, listing a number of ways in which New York ranks superior — everything from IT and advertising to fashion and culture.
His message, delivered in a surprise address at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in Manhattan, was clear: Technologists, entrepreneurs and software developers should navigate to New York rather than Silicon Valley or Boston if they want to be where the action is in the years to come, because this is where “the best and brightest … exchange and cross-pollinate ideas” in a culturally and intellectually fertile environment where “intellectual capital is important,” big business thrives, and startups are on the rise.
“In media, advertising and information technology, I really do think that New York is No. 1,” said Bloomberg:
“We already have more information and media jobs in New York City — 315,000 and counting — than any other metropolitan area in the nation. And during the first quarter of this year, venture capital funding in New York increased by 19 percent, even as it went down in Silicon Valley and the rest of the nation. That’s true. This is where it’s happening.”