February 19, 2013

I Was Made in NY, What 'Bout You?


Although there are many cities across the country, none come even close to the metropolis known as New York City. With its rapid paced lifestyle, eccentric residents who simply exude nearly every ethnicity under the rainbow and its overwhelming number of tourists; it’s not hard to see why this region is a favorite of many. Just today, Mayor Bloomberg, in conjunction with New York Tech Meetup, a technology group with nearly 28,000 members, formed a strategic alliance with the hopes of yielding a much more profitable technology sector in NYC.

When thinking of the go-to locale for startups, the Big Apple may not be the first to come to mind. Instead, places like the Silicon Valley seem synonymous with tech. As a way to shift that mindset amongst the masses, a one- of-a-kind Web hub called We Are Made in NY has been officially unveiled.

With the hopes of reducing the complexity associated with gaining access to available government services easier that newly formed companies may not even be aware of, it encompasses an abundance of “tech-related resources offered by the city of New York from across various city agencies, offering information on free tech classes, tech-focused schools, funding for startups, the competition for a free fiber build-out, support for immigrant entrepreneurs and funding for training your employees,” according to a recent article.

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As businesses continue to expand their footprint, they see the need for hiring additional employees. And an extremely cool feature of this site is the feature it powers that enables users seeking open employment positions to do so with ease throughout such exciting cities as San Francisco, Philadelphia and Boston.

“The program will help startups somewhat in the short term, but it will help longer term when alumni leave big jobs in a few years to join startups or start their own,” said Jacob Brody, a former tech reporter for VentureBeat and a current New York-based partner at MESA+, in a statement. “It’s about creating an ecosystem, and this is a start,” he added.

While still known more for its pricey Broadway plays, diverse restaurants and great shopping than technology per say, NYU, New York University, is doing its best  to completely revolutionize the data science space. Coined “the sexiest job of the 21st century” by the Harvard Business Review, the institute of higher learning is estimating that approximately 140,000 to 190,000 people that possess deep analytic capabilities will be needed in the United States alone by 2018.

This thinking was one of the driving factors behind the university’s launch of its Center for Data Science, a division of the school that will offer several graduate degree programs as well as a master’s program in this area. In the near future, NYU will create a doctoral program in the field as well.

“Data Science is becoming a necessary tool to answer some of the big scientific questions and technological challenges of our times,” said Gerard Ben Arous, director of NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.




Edited by Rachel Ramsey




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