NYCEDC at Uncubed San Francisco
By Pasha Gol, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation
NYCEDC travelled to California last week to make the case for New York City tech. Over 700 people and 30 companies attended the San Francisco Uncubed Career Fair on October 17th, which included music, art, entertainment, and a series of panels on topics ranging from job search tips to startup founder’s stories.
Startup representatives from five NYC-based companies joined NYCEDC to showcase NYC’s vibrant tech community on the West Coast. "Silicon City" representatives included Birchbox, General Assembly, Sailthru, SumAll, and TastemakerX who engaged hundreds of San Franciscan attendees with stories about the strengths and diversity of the NYC tech community.
In a panel titled "What's Wrong and What's Right With Tech Talent in NY and SF,” New York and San Francisco startup representatives discussed the steps that each city is taking to become tech-friendly and foster startup success. Carly Chase, a Senior Project Manager in NYCEDC's Center for Economic Transformation, was joined by Sam MacDonnell, VP of engineering at HotelTonight; Liz Crawford, CTO at Birchbox; and Brian Purchia, communications strategist and former tech advisor to Mayor Gavin Newsom. The vibrant panelists challenged the standing room only audience to think about the benefits of starting a tech company in New York, citing recent government initiatives such as the We are Made in NY campaign and the Applied Sciences Initiative. Both NYC and SF panelists praised their tech-savvy mayors whose open data policies have helped jumpstart startups while solving city problems.
NYCEDC also sponsored a resume review station with reviewers from St. Mary’s College and US Berkeley’s School of Information and concluded the day with a cocktail reception.
Couldn't make it to San Francisco? Uncubed is hosting its NYC event with 43 (and growing) confirmed startups at the Metropolitan Pavilion on November 14th. Sign up to participate, and learn more about NYC startups that are hiring.